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The vinyl resurgence of the past decade has been an interesting thing to watch - particularly as my wife and I raise two daughters in an age where music is known for coming from a flat piece of glass and circuits in everyone's pocket. I grew up with vinyl, and as a kid it was played from a turntable housed inside a wooden stereo console that was probably six feet long and weighed a ton - it wasn't just audio equipment, it was furniture. Over the years, I would own my own turntables, from low-end Kmart style (actually purchased at Kmart) all-in-ones to high-end audiophile components and some of the more recent USB-connected models. But, like many, I parted ways with much of my vinyl collection somewhere in the mid-90s, a move that I now regret as our girls really like listening to records with us. In recent years, the biggest challenge has been finding turntables that legitimately have the right balance between quality, sound, price and size. Having owned a lot of turntables, I've been very surprised at how much I love the new Rock 'N' Rolla UFO turntable, one of which was recently sent to us for review.

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...And I was just thinking about how there haven't been any truly "deluxe" METALLICA reissues, but that changes just in-time for Record Store Day.

Metallica have announced that they will reissue their first two albums Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning on April 15th, 2016  Both albums have been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in three formats - CD, vinyl, and Deluxe Box set. Both Deluxe Box sets include original source material from the band's personal collection with many never before heard OR seen recordings, along with a book including rare photos and essays from those who were there.

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Let me tell you a few things about SHOCKWAVE. The mysterious metal/hardcore act has been an underappreciated gem of the heavy music world for nearly 20 years - and if the fact that their music is excellent wasn't enough to intrigue, their basis in the world of TRANSFORMERS lore should be. Back in my days running a Sam Goody store for the long-dead Musicland Group, I played OMEGA SUPREME - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION: 1996-2001 and their 2004 masterpiece, THE ULTIMATE DOOM (both released through Triple Crown Records) probably more times than our mall neighbors would've liked (and my store probably sold more copies than the norm as well). In the decade-plus since, I've mentioned the band here on THE ROCK FATHER on occasion (here and here), and have used their disguised Decepticon logo as a social profile pic on more than a few occasions. Bottom line: I love SHOCKWAVE, and you should, too. For Record Store Day 2015, THE WORLD IS OURS: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS comes to vinyl...

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What a great day this has been. FAITH NO MORE, my favorite band of all-time, has officially announced that their first album since 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR will be released in April of 2015. This is HUGE news, and the first single will be released via Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28/14) when a limited-edition (5,000 copies) 7" vinyl of the song "Motherf**ker" hits the streets. Can I line up for this now?
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As I mentioned last week, Oklahoma Kindie Rockers, the SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS, are prepping to release what is perhaps the only true family music release for this Saturday's annual RECORD STORE DAY. "My Daddy's Record Collection" will be available as a limited-edition 7" vinyl single, and today the band has released a lyric video for the song. Check out the new video below, along with an Instagram video shot here at Rock Father HQ just a few moments ago... showing my copy of the single in it's turntable-spinning glory!

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Oklahoma's SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS have have a new single on the way, one that's a perfect song for our household, and likely may hit home for you as well. "My Daddy's Record Collection" celebrates families getting together to spin some tunes on wax - something that we do right here at Rock Father HQ. A rare Kindie (family music) release for Record Store Day this year, the 7" vinyl 45 rpm single will be released on April 19th with a launch set to take place at Guestroom Records in OKC.

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