Trials + Tribulations

Live Alone
April 12, 2011, 10:15 am
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Photo by Martyn Day

LCD Soundsystem’s concert may have run its course after their final show at Madison Square Garden, but there’s still hope that James Murphy will keep releasing music.

For Record Store Day LCD covered a track off Franz Ferdinand’s album Tonight, thereby returning a favor the Scottish group paid LCD in covering “All My Friends.” Stream the track below and make sure to pick up a copy of the Franz Ferdinand 12″ which features other covers by Deborah Harry, Peaches, and more. Record Store Day is this Saturday!

Gruesome Flowers
March 10, 2011, 12:52 pm
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This Record Store Day (April 16th), Brooklyn label Captured Tracks are re-issuing two hard-to-find singles by the seminal 80’s group The Wake. The band released several albums and singles on Factory Records (home of New Order, Joy Division, the Happy Mondays… you get the point) and also some on Sarah Records. The two re-issed singles bookend the group’s Factory years, with their In addition to these two singles, Captured Tracks asked two of their bands, Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing, to cover the Wake for a split 7″ also to be released on Record Store Day. It makes a whole lot of sense, because both groups seem indebted to the jangly guitars of The Wake.

The whole bundle will be available then, or individually. Here are the original two singles and you can listen to Beach Fossils’ cover of “Plastic Flowers” at Pitchfork.

♫ Gruesome Castle
♫ Plastic Flowers

April 21, 2010, 9:39 am
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You’re probably already very aware that this last Saturday was annual Record Store Day, a virtual holiday for music enthusiasts. There were lots of exclusive by everyone’s favorite bands on all different formats. Vinyl was king, with several bands releasing exclusive 7″s and 12″ singles to whet your appetite. Brooklyn’s Yeasayer took the opportunity to release the 12″ single “O.N.E.” from this year’s album Odd Blood backed with an xxxchange remix of the track, an instrumental and, most interesting to me, a demo.

The demo version of O.N.E. isn’t just a crappy quality, 4-tracked version of the song, but an entirely different direction. The song follows a more direct line of sound from their debut All Hour Cymbals, before all the wonky electronic sounds were layered over the song. Give it a listen, and you’ll probably be as fond of it as you were of anything from AHC.

O.N.E. (Demo Version)

They’re on tour in the US now, and you can read their tour blog or see them when they roll through your town (they hit here in SLC on Friday!)

Come Talk to Me
March 30, 2010, 5:59 pm
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Awhile back, Peter Gabriel released a covers album on which he would tackle the likes of Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Magnetic Fields called Scratch My Back. As the album title suggests mutuality, Bon Iver nee Justin Vernon agreed to cover a Peter Gabriel song, and it’ll be released April 17th on Record Store Day as a 7″ single backed with Gabriel’s majestic cover of “Flume.” Check out Bon Iver’s cover, and make sure to get in line early on the 17th to snag a copy for yourself!

Bon Iver – Come Talk to Me (Peter Gabriel cover)

April 19, 2009, 11:22 am
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dsc00947What did you guys end up getting at Record Store Day? Did you spend a lot of money? Was it worth it?

The Decemberists – East India Lanes

The Black Keys – Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles

The Flaming Lips & Stardeath White Dwarfs – Borderline (Madonna cover)