blondfire somehow gets better with each release. They’ve just released a new single, and the B side alone is addictive as hell. Definitely more indie pop than anything else, and both songs bear elements of straight rock and that elusive thing once known as alternative. In any case, you’ll hear some killer Edge-guitar-riff homage there along with shades of chilled-out Beck and you’re just gonna love it.
blondfire is mainly Erica Driscoll, working most frequently in tandem with producer Wally Gagel, and the new single is “Pleasure” (b/w “Domino”). With only 500 copies pressed, this is sure to sell out soon, so grab it while you can. You can hear both songs in advance below. Buy the vinyl here.
On the occasion of Earth Day 2014, the excellent and uniquely punctuated Portugal. The Man just produced an “endangered song” to raise awareness of the endangered status of Sumatran tiger. The band calls the song “a metaphor for endangered species,” in that it is being offered in an extremely limited edition of 400 vinyl records (there are 400 of these tigers left in the wild). Rolling Stone reports:
The track, “Sumatran Tiger,” does not officially exist digitally, and, like all vinyl records, will eventually degrade and also become extinct. According to the video above, the copies were sent “to 400 carefully chosen influencers, among them actors, activists, musicians, conservationists, bloggers and journalists” and is, as the band claims, “the first song meant to go extinct unless it’s reproduced.”
The band encouraged fans to “scour the Internet” using the hashtags #endangeredsong and #sumatrantiger to find recordings of the song.
Watch this short video for info:
Record Store Day is not only a good opportunity to reacquaint yourself with your local purveyor of fine records, cassettes, and compacted discs, but it is also a chance to catch some good deals and rare items. Artists and labels alike are hip to this holiday and have, for years now, been using it to roll out cool promotional and limited releases, especially in the realm of vinyl. Here are a few favorites to check out, starting, of course, with the kings of oddball releases, The Flaming Lips (their label, Warner Bros., is an official RSD sponsor, and have a number of great offerings):
The Flaming Lips: 7 SKIES H3 – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight clear vinyl 12″ – Limited to 7.500 copies. On vinyl for the first time ever. A 50 minute distillation across 10 tracks of the remarkable 24-hour song recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in 2011. Includes digital download card.
The Flaming Lips: Gates Of Steel – Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight silver vinyl 7″ – Limited to 7,500 copies. Part of the WMG’s Side By Side series. Includes Devo’s “Gates of Steel” from the original DEV-O Live EP and a previously unreleased cover by The Flaming Lips all on gorgeous silver vinyl! R.I.P. Bob 2. This is for you, wherever you are.
If you ask us, Vanna is having a pretty great year. In addition to being added to the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, the Boston natives have just signed with Pure Noise Records, and will be releasing their label debut this June. Speaking about the signing, Vanna said, “The entire idea of making music is to be able to share your passion your frustrations your problems with as many people as possible, that’s always been our goal as a band. In saying that we always strive to work with people who feel the same way we do. Pure Noise Records is about that exactly. After co-releasing The Few and The Far Between on vinyl last year and seeing what the record label is all about, we as a band felt that Pure Noise would be a good home for our future and a step in the direction that we wanted to take. We are honored to join the Pure Noise Records roster, full of amazing bands that are just killing it. We look forward to the future, as our musical family grows larger. Thank you for listening. I believe in you if you believe in me.”
Catch the band on Vans Warped Tour this summer, and keep an eye out for more details on their June release.
What would the world’s largest vinyl record would look like? Maybe a little like your old copy of The Eagles’ Hotel California? But, uh, bigger? And what better place for this vinyl than a city in California? As it turns out, that’s actually a thing”and it’s happening on the rooftop of Inglewood, California’s the Forum. The vinyl weighs in at a whopping 50,000 pounds, and measures 407 feet in diameter. It even spins at a leisurely 17 miles per hour. Extremely limited edition. So what’s the cause for such a gigantic Eagles tribute? The record was installed to coincide with the re-opening of the Forum, and the six shows that will be staged by the ’70s rock giants to mark the occasion beginning on January 15. You can check out a video documenting the construction below.
Over a quarter century ago, record players and the accompanying 12 vinyl discs were packed up in the attic, left to collect dust, and eventually sold at tag sales for a few bucks. But within the past few years, there has been resurgence in the demand for more vinyl among listeners. In 2011, vinyl sales rose nearly 40% from the previous year. Interestingly enough, the past 6 years prior to 2011 marked a steady decline in vinyl sales each year. In 2012, that number climbed nearly an additional 18% from 2011.