Record Store Day has finally announced the full list of releases for Black Friday 2017! We’re excited to share our four contributions to the list, which will be available exclusively at independent record stores beginning Friday, November 24th. Check out Record Store Day’s website to find a participating store near you.
Mike Watt – Contemplating the Engine Room
Mike Watt’s second album features Nels Cline on guitar and Stephen Hodges on drums. The album is finally receiving its first ever vinyl pressing with this double LP, a full 20 years after the album’s release. Pressed on two 180gram vinyl LPs, featuring three full sides of music, and a custom vinyl etching on the 4th side. This pressing, which comes a full 20 years after the album’s release, is the first time these recordings have made it to vinyl. The release includes a bonus download card featuring an entire unreleased live show, Contemplating the Engine Room: Live in Long Beach ‘98 – Five Man Opera.
Tav Falco – A Tav Falco Christmas
Arkansas-reared, avant-roots/RnR raconteur Tav Falco is set to make the holidays merry with his first collection of Christmas standards, A Tav Falco Christmas. A fixture on the international music scene since 1981, Falco has been described by The New York Times as “A singer, guitarist and researcher of musical arcana who hasn’t let his increasingly technical expertise and idiomatic mastery compromise the clarity of his vision.” At the start of a scorching hot July in Memphis this year, Falco and his distinguished group of American/Euro vagabonds ensconced themselves at Sam Phillips Recording Service studios in Memphis. The lineup includes bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, the Stooges), guitarist Mario Monterosso, and drummer Toby Dammit (currently the touring keyboardist in Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds). The album comes on a holiday red color LP, exclusively for Black Friday. The album will be available on CD and digitally the following week.
Albert Ayler & Don Cherry – Vibrations
Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler’s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray. The album was recorded in Copenhagen in September of 1964. Originally issued by the Freedom label, it also been released under an alternate title, Ghosts. Previously out of print for decades, the recordings were remastered for an audiophile-grade pressing on 180gram vinyl at Pallas in Germany. This blue and white swirl color vinyl edition is limited to just 1,500 copies worldwide, available exclusively for Black Friday Record Store Day 2017.
Garage Daze: American Garage Rock from the 1960s (Various Artists)
It’s clear that garage music has had an international resurgence in the underground music community over the last decade. It’s easy to find bands young and old paying tribute to the fuzzy, high-energy sound that originated in American garages of the 1960s. Sadly, some of the recordings that helped start it all have long been lost to obscurity in the digital age. Garage Daze compiles some of the best tracks of that time, pulled together from 45RPM singles on labels like Roulette, Atco, and Jubilee. The tracks on this limited edition compilation LP have been remastered and pressed on color vinyl at Pallas in Germany.