On April 19th, the annual Record Store Day will take place - a celebration of the independent music retailers that keep the torch burning for music lovers worldwide. This year, the lineup is large (as it has been in recent years), and one big highlight comes courtesy of Aleph Records, who have announced the label’s first ever vinyl release, BULLITT – soundtrack to the 1968 Steve McQueen film, composed by the legendary Lalo Schifrin (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, RUSH HOUR). The individually numbered vinyl release will be limited to just 1,000 pieces.

One of my top five favorite bands of all-time has a new record hitting the streets on May 13, when PRONG releases RUINING LIVES. Just two years after the release of the excellent CARVED INTO STONE (which I reviewed here on THE ROCK FATHER). Produced by PRONG mastermind TOMMY VICTOR with Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, HATEBREED) there to add "his shine" to the record, you can imagine that I'm more than a little excited. Here's what Victor has to say about the forthcoming release...

Published in Music for Grownups

On April 19, 2014, in conjunction with Record Store Day (the annual celebration of independent music retailers), GREEN DAY will release DEMOLICIOUS Demolicious - a collection of 18 demos recorded at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, CA, in 2012 during the sessions for the band's Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, Green Day ¡Tré! album trilogy. The two-disc set will be released on red or clear vinyl, and will also be available on CD and cassette. Additionally, the collection will include the previously-unreleased song, "State of Shock," along with an acoustic version of "Stay the Night." Check out the cover art below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Published in Music for Grownups

While this coming September will technically be the 21st Anniversary of the release of BLIND MELON's self-titled debut album, tomorrow the band will celebrate the release of a special 20th Anniversary Reissue. Overseen by bassist Brad Smith and guitarist Christopher Thorn, the album has been remastered for the first time, and paired with a previously-unreleased EP entitled the SIPPIN' TIME SESSIONS. The set will be released on CD and Digital formats April 16, with a 180-gram gatefold 2LP vinyl edition of the remastered Blind Melon album and SIPPIN' TIME SESSIONS EP available exclusively at Record Store Day-participating retailers on April 20th.

Published in Music for Grownups

I miss record stores. There was a time when they were abundant, and I would visit many of them on a frequent basis. At one point, I took what I call the 'corporate detour,' and entered the world of big business and big box retailing. My 'dirty little secret' is that from 1996-1998 I worked for Walmart, after which I defected to Super Kmart, lured by headhunter to higher pay and better opportunities. Walmart was not happy. You see, not only was I very good at my job, but I'd just returned from their yearly 'Rah, Rah!' company meetings (held in Kansas, City that year) and revealed my departure about a week later. They paid me out for all remaining vacation time, and I was able to enjoy some relaxation before starting the new gig. You might wonder why I'm telling you this today, and the answer is simple: Rock was involved. Actually, more than just Rock... but all music. Record Store Style.

Published in James' Journal

I've posted an unusually large number of stories focused on the music of THE SMITHS this month, that it almost seems like overkill. No, not the thrash metal band ''Overkill,'' but a little too much. But, this news is just too good not to share.  First off, those interested in introducing THE SMITHS to their infants might be interested to know that the Rockabye Baby! LULLABY RENDITIONS OF THE SMITHS (full details here) will be getting a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2012.

Published in Family Music
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