Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Apr 14, 2012

Record Store Day 2012 is upon us next weekend (April 21) and a more than worthy Iggy Pop is the 2012 Ambassador. Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate record store culture. It always takes place on the third Saturday in April. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect. Iggy will be making his own Record Day Store stop at Sweat Records for Sweatstock in Miami, Florida. If you're in the area, get over there!

Check out this fantastic video of Ambassador Iggy sharing his vinyl memories. He talks about his first purchase, working in a record store, and so much more:

There is an abundance of rock being released again this year, with this list of artists worth noting: 311, Amberlin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding, Brad, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Disturbed, Eddie Vedder, Flogging Molly, Garbage, Genesis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Eve 6, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Fallon (Tebowie), Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Mastodon/Feist, Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Phish, Rainbow, Rival Sons, Small Faces, Switchfoot, T. Rex, The Black Keys, The Byrds, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Clash, The Cult, The Grateful Dead, The Knack, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and many more.

Please support your local Record Store! It is more important than you know. With the talk of Best Buy closing stores, and the past bankruptsy of Circuit City, our local Record Stores are one of the last places to be exposed to and buy new music in that type of enviroment. Fuck Wal-Mart (and Best Buy and Circuit City for that matter), we need to keep the experience alive of going to a business where they care about all music and care about exposing new artists of merit. The shared experience and coolness of a howntown record store CANNOT go away!!  Get all the info and the stores near you here:

Let's highlight a few of the releases. Metallica's four-song EP called "Beyond Magnetic", which was made available digitally in December, and as a physical CD in January, will be released on silver vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes, 'Hate Train', 'Just A Bullet Away', 'Hell And Back' and 'Rebel Of Babylon' were recorded during the sessions for the band's 2008 'Death Magnetic' album but left off the final track list. The studio versions of all four songs- all rough mixes were sent to Metalica fan club members one at a time, after each song was performed live during each of the band's four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Metallica talks Record Store Day: "We've always been big supporters of our friends at independent retail and the annual event the third Saturday of each April... we even helped kick off the first year in 2008 with an in-store appearance at one of our hometown stores! To add to the fun, this is no ordinary black vinyl release, but instead will be on silver vinyl with an exclusive Metallica sticker included in the package. Look for the EP on the special Saturday release date at your favorite local record store and on"

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an Ozzy Osbourne seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl release. The Ozzy releases for Record Store Day 2012 are:
-'Live' 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads
-'Believer' live seven-inch single: A limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring 'Believer' (live) + 'Goodbye to Romance' (2010 guitar and vocal mix)

The Cult are releasing a picture disc with tracks from the phenomenal forthcoming 'For The Animals' album.

A vinyl re-issue of David Bowie’s 1972 single 'Starman' will get the special treatment on Record Store Day when it’s re-released as a limited-edition picture disc. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of 'Starman' from the legendary (mono) 'Top Of The Pops' TV performance.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' will be available as a 45 on Columbia, with the tracks: 'Rocky Ground' and 'The Promise.' 'Rocky Ground' is from Bruce's latest album 'Wrecking Ball' and 'The Promise' is Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town')

Disturbed will be release a definitive vinyl box-set edition, 'The Collection.' The 5 LP-set includes the original track listing from the band's entire full-length catalog: 'The Sickness,' 'Believe,' 'Ten Thousand Fists,' 'Indestructible' and 'Asylum' and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

Our Record Day Ambassador Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release a 12" Picture Disc 'Live at All Tomorrows Parties'
"Night Theme/Beyond the Law"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Open Up And Bleed”
"Funhouse/No Fun"
"Iggy Interview"

Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges' All Tomorrow's Parties performance were hand selected by the band, along with a rare Iggy Pop interview by Greg Prato. It also comes with a download card offering the complete RAW POWER performance.

Iggy Pop 'Raw Power' 2LP set w/ both the 1973 David Bowie mix and the 1997 Iggy Pop mix, along with a 16 page book.

Janis Joplin's 'Highlights From the Pearl Sessions' will be released by Columbia on 10" vinyl, It's an exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs.

Jimmy Falon's 'Tebowie' will be available for the first time ever. It comes from a parody on his show of a David Bowie impression with lyrics about (now New York Jets quarterback) Tim Tebow. Tracks 'Tebowie' and 'Reading Rainbow.'


Joey Ramone will release a 45 with the tracks 'Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer' and 'There's Got To Be More To Life'

Mastodon/Feist aka Feistodon 'Common/Black Tongue'
Double A-Side. Mastodon covers Feist's 'Commotion,' Feist covers Mastodon's 'Black Tongue'

Mastodon/Flaming Lips 'A Spoonful Weighs A Ton'
7" baby pink vinyl
The Flaming Lips' "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and a cover of the same song by Mastodon (the Mastodon track is brand new)

Misfits 'Walk Among Us' 45 will be available in red, blue and clear vinyl.

Paul McCartney 'Another Woman/Oh Woman Oh Why' on 45. A classic Paul McCartney vinyl single reissue manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day! "Another Day" was originally recorded in 1970, during the sessions for the album Ram. It was the first single of his solo career. It was originally released February 19, 1971 with 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' as the B-side. Upon its release 'Another Day'/'Oh Woman, Oh Why' reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, in the U.S. it reached number five. This exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram

Rainbow's full album 'Long Live Rock N Roll' will be released on 12" Picture Disc

Small Faces are releasing two 45's. One of 'Tin Soldier/I Feel So Much Better Now,' and the other 'Itchycoo Park/I'm Only Dreaming'

T. Rex 'Electric Warrior' 7" Box Set featuring 6 Singles comprising complete album PLUS non-album B-Side

The Black Keys 'El Camino' on 45 w/ unreleased live tracks on 7": 'Sister' and 'Moneymaker'

The Byrds 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better/It's No Use' on 45

Switchfoot's 'Vices-Reverses' will be released as a CD EP
'The Original (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Selling The News (Photek Remix)'
'Blinding Light (Adam Young of Owl City Remix)'
'Dark Horses (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Vice Verses (Darren King Remix)'
'War Inside (DnJ Remix)'

The Clash 'London Calling 2012'
'London Calling 2012 Remix'
'London Calling Instrumental 2012'

The White Stripes 'Hand Springs' and Red Death at 6:14' on 7" 45 black and red swirled vinyl. Continuing in the mission of reissuing the nuggets of the White Stripes’ back catalog, Third Man plays Dr. Frankenstein/matchmaker to two stand-alone songs from the high time of the year 2000. “Hand Springs” was originally released as a split-single with the Dirtbombs and included free in issue #19 of Multiball magazine. “Red Death at 6:14” was initially released on the Jack White-produced compilation “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and was later made available as a one-sided single from the folks at MOJO magazine. Both songs are quintessential White Stripes jams and finally pairing them together here makes (arguably) one of the best Stripes singles ever

Social Distortion 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' Limited Edition (750) Colored - Lime Green Vinyl. Includes: CD of album and 18" X 24" Poster. Randomly selected pieces will have an autographed poster inside.

Check out this preview of a few of the upcoming releases and extras, and support your local Record Store!

Fast Tube announces Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time announces Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time

Jul 1, 2011 have announced the Top 50 American Rock Bands of all time. Here's the list:

50. Green Day
49. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
48. Yo La Tengo
47. Elvis Presley and the Blue Moon Boys
46. Kings Of Leon
45. The Lovin' Spoonful
44. Alice Cooper
43. The Strokes
42. Cheap Trick
41. NRBQ
40. Buffalo Springfield
39. The J. Geils Band
38. Mountain
37. The Flaming Lips
36. Booker T and the MG's
35. Talking Heads
34. Pixies
33. X
32. Los Lobos
31. Sonic Youth
30. ZZ Top
29. Foo Fighters
28. Red Hot Chili Peppers
27. Big Star
26. KISS
25. The Replacements
24. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
23. Sly and the Family Stone
22. The White Stripes
21. The Grateful Dead
20. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
19. Wilco
18. Pearl Jam
17. The Velvet Underground
16. Lynyrd Skynyrd
15. The Stooges
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival
13. Eagles
12. The Doors
11. Guns N' Roses
10. The Allman Brothers Band
9. The Beach Boys
8. R.E.M.
7. The Byrds
6. Van Halen
5. Metallica
4. The Ramones
3. Nirvana
2. Aerosmith
1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Check out details on each band and get the readers Top 25 (Van Halen and Guns N' Roses #1 and #2) at

Jack White and Stephen Colbert collaborate for a sure Grammy winning record; What’s Jack White up to?

Jack White and Stephen Colbert collaborate for a sure Grammy winning record; What’s Jack White up to?

Jun 26, 2011

"2011: A Rock Odyssey," took place this week on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" as Jack White agrees to help Colbert in his quest for a Grammy. Colbert apparently had a musical career in the 80's new wave era, but needs to fullfill his calling!

Colbert seeks White's help in recording a sure-to-win-a-Grammy record, which wraps up with a performance of his new song with White proteges, The Black Belles. Here's all the show segments, as well as the final concert.

Jack White has joined Bob Dylan in a tribute to Hank Williams, sprung from Dylan’s gifting of a folder of Williams’ lyrics that were never put to music.

“I did a project with Bob Dylan: he put together 20 or 25 people to finish writing Hank Williams songs that only had lyrics and didn’t have music … I had to write music for Hank Williams’ lyrics,” White said. “I looked through all the piles of lyrics, and one of ‘em just kept speaking to me. Sometimes you think ‘it’s gonna be really hard to find my spot,’ and then it picks it for you. You don’t even have to choose it; it just picks it for you.”

Dylan has yet to announce the full list of artists tied to the project, but White let a few names slip in an interview with MTV News. “He [Dylan] did one, asked Willie Nelson to do one, asked me to do one, and I think Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson are on it too,” he said.

Dylan and White have colaborated before, performing live versions of the White Stripes’ "Ball and Biscuit" as well as "Meet Me in the Morning" from Dylan’s iconic Blood on the Tracks album, as well as others.

Jack White is in talks to provide music for comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s musical based on The Kinks’ 1976 concept album, Schoolboys in Disgrace.

Kinks legend Ray Davies has been appointed as an executive director of the film, which is being produced by Howard Gertler and Tim Perell of Warp Films, an offshoot of Warp Records that has worked on Submarine and Four Lions and is distributing new Australian film Snowtown. White is being courted to “re-record the music,” and said the film could be a German co-production.

Schoolboys in Disgrace is a prequel of sorts to the Kinks’ 1973-74 rock opera, Preservation: Acts 1 & 2. According to the album’s liner notes, Schoolboys in Disgrace is the story of “a naughty little schoolboy” who is turned into a hard and bitter character after a public punishment in front of the whole school for getting himself into “very serious trouble with a naughty schoolgirl.” That naughty boy grows up to be Mr. Flash, the villain from Preservation.

“It’s the genesis story of a supervillain set to music,” Goldthwait says. “It’s the story of the world’s most charming criminal and a realistic high school musical for all the kids who hate sugary, sweet, unrealistic high school musicals.”

Jack White performs at The Third Man Rolling Record Store debut

Jack White performs at The Third Man Rolling Record Store debut

Mar 20, 2011

Gotta love the great Jack White! Jack publicly unveiled Third Man Records’ Rolling Record Store in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (March 16) at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas. Check out this awesome performance outside The Third Man Rolling Record Store (if you don't know what it's all about..check out the video below).

Jack performed Buddy Holly’s classic Not Fade Away, as well as The White Stripes’ Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground, new Third Man Records signee Seasick Steve played through a blues number, with only three strings! Even though he had a few little technical difficulties, the crowd love him and so did I. I'll be looking forward to hearing his album when it comes out:

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The White Stripes call it quits

The White Stripes call it quits

Feb 2, 2011

Rock is officially dead. The White Stripes, one of the lone beacons of loud guitars, Zeppelin-worthy riffs, and garage rock aesthetics in an age when hip-hop and pop dominate the mainstream, have decided to call it quits following a three-year hiatus. Though they were rumored to finally be working on a follow-up to their 2007 album "Icky Thump," Jack and Meg White announced on their official site today that they "will make no further new recordings or perform live." In their wake, the band leaves behind six critically acclaimed LPs, five Grammy Awards, a reputation for incredible live shows, and an undeniable place in the history of rock..

"The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health," the band said in a statement. "It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way. Meg and Jack want to thank every one of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given throughout the 13 plus years of the White Stripes' intense and incredible career.".

The White Stripes took a break when Meg White began suffering from acute anxiety, which forced the duo to cancel what would have been their final U.K. tour. While Meg was recuperating, the prolific Jack linked up with a pair of successful-in-their-own-right side projects -- The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather -- and spent whatever free time he had producing other artists (Wanda Jackson, Conan O'Brien, the Black Belles, and his wife Karen Olson, for starters) and developing his record label, Third Man Records. When Jack and Meg did come together, it was brief and for special occasions; as it stands now, their final performance together will be their February 2009 reunion to perform on the final episode of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." White also performed recently on O'Brien's new show "Conan," but without Meg..

While this is the end of the White Stripes, it's not really the end, as the band has made it its mission the past three years to sell anything to fans that wasn't new music. Third Man Records has promised to put out unreleased White Stripes live and studio recordings through their subscription service, and don't be surprised if the band's vaults unearth some more goodies in the coming years. This obviously isn't the type of material diehard fans were clamoring for, but it will have to do..

"The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore," the duo said in closing. "The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.".


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