With a flair for the aribtrary not seen since Ronald Thomas Clonte’s ‘Rock, Rot And Rule’ hit the bookstores, Paste‘s attempts to rank the nation’s top 17 record shoppes is bound to generate some cheap traffic to this blog and at least a half dozen comments between now and 5pm.
- Amoeba Records, Los Angeles, CA
- Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA
- Other Music, New York City
- Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS
- Waterloo Records, Austin, TX
- Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA
- Dusty Groove America, Chicago, IL
- Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville, TN
- Shangri-La Records, Memphis, TN
- Music Millennium, Portland, OR
- Ear X-Tacy, Louisville, KY
- Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, LA
- Newbury Comics, Boston, MA
- Grimey’s New + Pre-Loved Music, Nashville, TN
- Turntable Lab, New York City
- The Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN
- Jerry’s Records, Pittsburgh, PA
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am personally saddened that my own favorite neighborhood dealer-of-things-at-high-volume failed to make the cut. But enough about Empire Records, End Of An Ear oughta be pissed off, too.
The third 7″ in Jay Reatard’s Matador singles series, “Always Wanting More b/w You Mean Nothing To Me”, is up for pre-order RIGHT NOW. Because of the extremely limited quantity of this record we will only honor one copy per customer.
The sleeve design, by Lindsay Shutt, comes in a clear plastic sleeve with Dangerhouse-style paper half-insert; the disc is clear one-sided vinyl with both tracks on the a-side and a silkscreen design printed directly onto the b-side. In short, ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Note, because printing a record without a center label often results in an enlarged center hole, you’ll have to carefully center the record on the spindle before playing. We’re also including a FREE MP3 download of each song with purchase (a download coupon is enclosed with each record)
The second 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador Records & Filmworks, “Painted Shut” b/w “An Ugly Death” will be available for pre-order at 3PM Eastern Time. As with the last record, quantities are extremely limited so we can only honor one copy per order.
This record features features artwork by Mike Sniper.
Record stores are what Matador has always been about, and there are still 2400 of them across the US. Today is Record Store Day, and hundreds of stores, big and small, are celebrating with discounts, freebies, limited-edition specials, and live performances, DJ gigs and counter-manning stints by bands and artists.
As I’ve argued in another post on this blog, a lot of us buy records because we love records, not just music. And we love the experience of spending money and accumulating stuff. Screw all this “community of the store” shit — my idea of a good time is being down on my knees, covered in dust, and going through box after box of LPs that nobody has looked at (or re-priced in years). It’s all still out there, and you can have that experience too. Get off your ass and do it!
Why is Starbucks bringing its vagina dentata out of hiding and into plain sight right now? Maybe they were inspired by the hilarious and brilliant film Teeth. Maybe they hope consumers are more comfortable with exhibitionism than they used to be. Maybe they’re thinking sex sells.
But more likely, they’re frightened and in need of protection.
Images of women exposing their genitals were used by primitive peoples to drive away evil spirits, calm rough seas, and scare away enemies with the threat of castration. In the face of a recession, Starbucks is banking on the power of the vagina dentata to work its ancient magic and keep the wolf from their door. – Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York
There’s a Chock Full O’ Nuts joke in here somewhere, but it’s way too early on a Wednesday morning.
We’re very happy to announce the newest incarnation of the Matador Store is now up and running. We embed ourselves even more comfortably in the digital age by offering digital (MP3 and FLAC) downloads in addition to a nicer, easier to navigate look and loads of other geeked-out features.
* Mp3s (256k) and FLAC (lossless) files. Can we say that they’re encoded at a higher bit rate than iTunes? Because they are.
*Sample files of everything in our digital catalog
*Digital files are fully integrated with Songbird and will put the downloads you’ve purchased directly into your Songbird “Purchased Playlist” as well as allow you to easily browse and listen to sample files.
* A download helper for both MAC and PC to improve the experience of downloading singles and albums
Please note that this is a soft launch of the digital store and we’ll have a more comprehensive version of the digital catalog (along with a mess of draped up and dripped out features) next Wednesday.
The first 7″ in Jay Reatard’s singles series for Matador, “See Saw” b/w “Screaming Hand”, goes up for pre-order TODAY at 3pm Eastern Time. Because of the extremely limited quantity of this record we will only honor one copy per customer so plans to stockpile these and send your kids to college isn’t going to work this time around. Also, once they’re gone, they’re gone so don’t dilly-dally!!
Confession : many years ago, we tried the exact same trick at the 21 Club. It didn’t work.
Random single #4 is actually good: Australia’s Leftovers, performing the classic “Cigarettes and Alcohol,” a track which really strips life down to the necessities. Jesper has been known to clamor for this one at Yo La Tengo shows, but I can’t remember whether they actually ever played it.
N.B. There is no picture sleeve for this extremely sought-after item.
The above advertisement, currently appearing on Technorati, links to a Toyota website. I realize ’80’s nostalgia is pretty infectious, but I never imagined an ad agency would seek to reference the PMRC in the year 2008.
Then again, if there’s an audience for a Mentors tribute band these days, perhaps Toyota are savvier than I thought.