Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP For Black Friday ; NPR "Field Recordings" Session Premieres Today
On November 25 we'll be releasing a limited edition 12" of Steve Gunn's "Ancient Jules" + two songs that didn't feature on the recent, 'Eyes On The Lines', "The Handshake" and "The Soloist". You can watch Steve performing "Full Moon Tide", "Night Wander" and "Ark" via the auspices of NPR, starting tonight.
Tour Dates :
Saturday, October 15 - Logan Square Food Truck Social, Chicago IL (SG w/ Jim Elkington)
Friday, October 28 – K4, Nürnberg (D)
Saturday, October 29 – Aalhaus – Hamburg (D)
Sunday, October 30 – Mejeriet – Lund (S)
Monday, October 31 – Atlas – Aarhus (DK)
Tuesday, November 1 – Pustervik – Gothenburg (S)
Wednesday, November 2 – Cafe Mono – Oslo (N)
Thursday, November 3 – Kägelbanan – Stockholm (S)
Friday, November 4 – Musikcaféen – Copenhagen (DK)
Saturday, November 5 – Auster Club – Berlin (D)
Sunday, November 6 – King George – Köln (D)
Monday, November 7 – Autumn Falls @ De Zwerver – Leffinge (B)
Tuesday, November 8 – Rotown Rotterdam – Rotterdam (NL)
Wednesday, November 9 – Autumn Falls @ Het Bos – Antwerpen (B)
Thursday, November 10 – Le Guess Who? – Utrecht (NL)
Friday, November 11 – Le Trabendo – Paris (F) with Kevin Morby*
Saturday, November 12 – The Hope & Ruin – Brighton (UK)
Sunday, November 13 – The De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill (UK)
Monday, November 14 – 100 Club London – London (UK)
Tuesday, November 15 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – Liverpool (UK)
Wednesday, November 16 – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
Thursday, November 17 – McHugh’s Bar – Belfast (UK)
Friday, November 18 – Broadcast – Glasgow (UK)
Saturday, November 19 – High & Lonesome @ Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
Sunday, November 20 – Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)
purchase and/or stream ‘Eyes On The Lines’ from the following:
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store
Steve Gunn online :
Kurt will be performing solo on Record Store at at Dallas' Good Records. If you don't know when Record Store Day is, it's this Saturday, April 16th. Flyer with more details below. Kurt's on at 3pm, local.
That's not all the Kurt Vile news we have for you today. Dylan Fest in Nashville was just announced and Kurt will be among a pretty incredible list of other performers that will be helping celebrate Bob Dylan's 75th birthday. Proceeds go to Thistle Farms. Tickets are on sale April 16th.
We're pleased to share the latest video from Interpol's 5th album, 'El Pintor, the Paul Banks/Carlos Puga directed "Everything Is Wrong". It would probably be an exaggeration to say this clip depicts the typical day in New York City for Paul, Daniel and Sam, but only a slight exaggeration.
On Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18) we'll be releasing a 7" of "Everything Is Wrong" b/w "What Is What" featuring cover art by Shepard Fairey (shown below) :
Here's a long list of recently confirmed North American shows, including reschedule dates for the Northeastern shows that were postponed during December's blizzard.
Wednesday, April, 8 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Thursday, April, 9 – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA
Friday, April, 10 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Wednesday, April, 15 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
Friday, April, 17 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April, 21 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
Thursday, May, 7 – The National, Richmond VA
Friday, May, 8 – The Ritz, Raleigh NC
Friday, May, 8 - Sunday, May, 10 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday May, 11 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Tuesday May, 12 – Egyptian Room - Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Wednesday, May, 13 – The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit MI
Friday, May, 15 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, May, 16 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, July, 20 – State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, July, 21 – Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, July, 23 – House of Blues, Boston MA
Saturday, July, 25 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia PA
Monday, July, 27 – The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Tuesday, July, 28 – Echostage, Washington DC
Wednesday, July, 29 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Friday, July, 31 – Metropolis, Montreal QC
Order 'El Pintor' from the following :
LP or CD from the Matador Store
Interpol - official site
Interpol - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Interpol YouTube channel
As for the workers and patrons at what I’m told are “independent music shops” (sounds pretty quaint, right?) it seems the event is not without controversy. On one hand, there’s the perennial complaints about flippers, price gougers and most worryingly, the difficulty actual-functioning-in-2014 bands and labels are having getting their spring titles manufactured anywhere near mid-April. And on the other hand, there’s the opportunity for music lovers to snatch up such quality items as the Cake box set, the “Ghostbusters” 10” or a long overdue Roxette reissue.
All of that said, no matter
Monday October 28 at 8pm make you way to Other Music where Lee will be hosting his first Guitar Clinic, having a discussion and demonstration of his weapon of choice. What's more, you'll not only walk away with a new found respect for and knowledge of the Axe, you'll also walk away with a signed poster. Shithotdamn.
And make sure to catch Lee and The Dust on tour now
Fri-Oct-11 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Sat-Oct-12 Detroit, MI Trinosophes
Sun-Oct-13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Mon-Oct-14 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Tue-Oct-15 Minneapolis, MN The Triple Rock
Thu-Oct-17 Iowa City, IA Gabe's
Fri-Oct-18 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Sat-Oct-19 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Sun-Oct-20 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Tue-Oct-22 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Wed-Oct-23 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Fri-Oct-25 New York, NY Terminal 5
Fri-Dec-06 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sat-Dec-07 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Sun-Dec-08 Seattle, WA Barboza
Tue-Dec-10 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
Wed-Dec-11 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
Frid-Dec-13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Sat-Dec-14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Wed-Jan-08 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
Thu-Jan-09 Hamden, CT Spaceland Ballroom
Fri-Jan-10 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Sat-Jan-11 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Savages by Richard Dumas
Following Savages' two Pitchfork Best New Track rated singles for She Will and Shut Up (watch it on Youtube), we're giving 5 record stores in the UK the first public airing of the forthcoming album Silence Yourself tomorrow, for Record Store Day.
The below stores will all be playing the record at the following times, you can pre-order Silence Yourself from Savages, the Matador Store and iTunes, or in the store blasting to your ears, if you're in one of the following shops:
Jumbo, Leeds @ 8:30am
Piccadilly, Manchester @ 10am
Sister Ray, London @ 11am
Spillers, Cardiff @ 3pm
Resident, Brighton @ 7pm
...or, if you prefer, 8 more days to find great records in real record stores before you risk being trampled to death in a Furby-esque frenzy. Naturally, we think the above LP is worth the hassle.
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can's Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn't know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We're truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
"This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite."
-- Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
"Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you'd find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration."
-- Thurston Moore
(pic culled from EgoTripLand.com)
While I cannot endorse the disrespect shown to Mark Eitzel or The Grifters (heck, the latter's records usually sell when they end up in the used bin) there's much about this list (posted at Laurie's Planet Of Sound) that's excellent advice for any record store buyer contending the latest pile of LP's/CD's being exchanged for
What Record Store Day Means To Me - A Personal Journey (April 19, 2008)
Much has been written about Record Store Day, and while I'm loathe to get all gushy in public, even for a significant cause such as this, it might be an appropriate time to add a very personal note.
Every now and then, Chris and myself are asked by young persons or hungry-4-facts journalists just how we got our respective starts in the music industry. Chris, as you all know, was the first helmsman to be banned from the America's Cup for using performance enhancing drugs. His subsequent tell-all, 'Juiced : On A Boat', while critically panned, was a huge best-seller in 1989. Along with receiving rightful credit for the widesweeping changes-to-come in competitive sailing, Chris used the book's profits to finance Matador's earliest recordings.
My own roots are a tad less spectacular. For one crazy summer, I worked in my hometown record store. It wasn't as big or as successful as Music Town, but it really had a terrific vibe. My boss, Joe Reeves (above, right), was a really inspiring kind of guy. I hear he's moved on to things other than music, but I'll always remember the way he kept the store alive, much the way I'll always remember all the great music I was turned onto by the rest of the staff. Toad The Wet Sprocket. Better Than Ezra....ok, actually, I can't remember any others. But surely that's enough.
It was an awesome work environment and we've done everything possible to try and recall the ethos of that cool indie shop and try to apply it to the important work we do every day at Matador Records and Filmworks. I even wanted to borrow the store's old slogan, "We're Selling Music, But We're Not Selling Out", but Patrick argued it was kind of a dumb cliche. I dunno. I guess you had to be there. That's the difference between me and him. I still remember what it was like to hear Toad The Wet Sprocket for the first time.
Anyhow, enjoy Record Store Day. And if you know of any cities or states where this occasion isn't being marked, please let us know and we'll make sure U2 never play there again.
We're in the midst of a heavy period of activity for The New Pornographers ; in addition to a new batch of US dates (below), the band's "Sweet Talk" video for Oxfam's Gulf oil spill relief efforts (directed by Shannon Hart Reed has just been nominated for an Emmy in the "Societal Concerns" category. Though Record Store Day is a slightly less important cause than those supervised by Oxfam, it's obviously one very close to our hearts, and saturday's chapter in this annual celebration of independent music retailing will feature a limited edition 7" of 'Together''s "Moves" b/w the unreleased B-side “Drug Deal Of The Heart", plus a download code for said tracks and the Tom Scharpling-directed video for the a-side.
Thu, 4/14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
Fri, 4/15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater*
Sat, 4/16 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
Sun, 4/17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
Mon, 4/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom*
Thu, 4/21 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room#
Fri, 4/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue^
Sat, 4/23 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues^
Mon, 4/25 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom^
Tue, 4/26 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's^
Wed, 4/27 - Iowa City, IA - Ballroom at The Univ of Iowa^
Thu, 4/28 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club^
Fri, 4/29 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note^
* = with Menomena
^ = with The Walkmen
# = with The So-So Sailers
Photo from Stereogum's portraits
Having just arrived back from a string of North American dates, including several well-recieved shows at SXSW festival, Esben and The Witch embark on a second UK & Ireland tour in support of their debut album, Violet Cries. Starting tonight, the Brighton 3-piece are playing towns and cities that they haven't visited for some time ahead of their Record Store Day release of the Chorea EP, a limited edition 12" record featuring 3 new and exclusive tracks, including a remix of album track 'Eumenidies' remixed by Mogwai.
Picking up praise from across the pond, Spin Magazine hailed them as one of their 'next big things for 2011', Stereogum praised their SXSW performance, saying that 'Esben & The Witch might be my favorite set of the festival so far' and Fader described their set at the SXSW Fader Fort as 'moody and drum circle conjuring'.
Catch them at the following shows:
1st – Southampton, Joiners (tickets)
2nd – Oxford, Jericho (tickets)
3rd – Liverpool, Kazimer (tickets)
4th – Glasgow, Captain's Rest (tickets)
6th – Leeds, Cockpit 2 (tickets)
7th – Manchester, St Philips Church (tickets)
8th - Dublin, Crawdaddy (tickets)
9th - Belfast, Speakeasy (tickets)
That said, we couldn't help ourselves, and neither could three of our artists, so we proudly announce the following limited-edition items. They're all awesome, they're all limited, and if you don't succeed on getting your hands on them on Record Store Day, just remember that the prices on eBay will (most likely) come down over time.
SO, on Saturday, April 16, Matador will have the following RSD exclusives:
From Byrdesdale Garden City in the UK comes the compilation album DAVID'S TOWN. Featuring 11 unreleased tracks from local bands including Gacy and the Boys, Animal Man, Grain and Hateful Coil, in styles varying from DIY to post-punk to power pop, this limited edition from FU-Discs was recorded in Byrdesdale between 1976 and 1979 and not released until now. An essential document of a thriving scene.
Next comes the new 7" single from THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, "Moves." Currently moving up the radio charts, and of course featured in Tom Scharpling's genius video for the track, it comes with the unreleased B-side "Drug Deal Of The Heart," recorded at the sessions for the album Together. (Note: the band is playing Coachella on RSD weekend, and then will tour out of there through April and May.)
Finally we have the new 12" from ESBEN AND THE WITCH, the great trio from Brighton, UK - many of you will have seen one of their great shows at SXSW this month. They just wrapped up their US tour and returned to their homeland. The single is the radio edit of "Chorea" and features a remix of their pounding classic "Eumenides" by Stuart Braithwaite of MOGWAI, along with an entirely unreleased 18-minute version of "Corridors" recorded for The Creators Project and only played at a special installation in London for Karl Sadler's Lit Forest. (Note: Esben return to the road in the UK starting this Friday.)
As usual, we will be taking down our webstore in observation of Record Store Day. Get out there, get in line, and spend some money, goddammit!!!
Now if we could only find the homeless guy on the Spiral Scratch cover...
article via Record Collector Magazine
Damian Abraham of Fucked Up @ Sonic Boom Records
512 Bloor Street St. West Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3
416-532-0334 | email@example.com
Fucked Up's Pink Eyes will be hosting an all day event at Toronto's Sonic Boom Records that features in-store performances from Sloan, Adam Green, Meligrove Band, Metz, Buck 65, Valery Gore and more. Damian's also hinted at a special guest appearance for those who show up before 3PM!
60 E. Third St. New York, NY, 10003
When he's not performing in Cold Cave and as Prurient, Dominick Fernow spends his time overseeing the Hospital Productions record label and shop, which primarily focuses in noise and black metal music. For Record Store Day, the store will debut 13 new cassette releases on the label. In addition, the first 100 people to visit the store are invited to come to the store to record their very own noise cassette. The recording gear will be set up and supplied by the store and you can record your own
1 minute noise tape. The store will personalize your cover for you and you will be the only person to have a copy. You get to keep your recording free of charge.
100 people. 1 minute tapes. Limited to 1.
Don't forget the Yo La Tengo in-store at Rhino Records in Claremont CA, Kurt Vile at Philly's Beautiful World Syndicate and the special Pavement, Ted Leo and Fucked Up vinyl exclusives available only for Record Store Day TOMORROW! We'll see you out.
limited edition Record Store Day items to endlessly frustrate you and your friends and further enrich eBayWhat we mean is... we've got some limited edition vinyl items at many participating independent record shops for one day, and one day only -- the third annual Record Store Day (henceforth, RSD '10) this Saturday, April 17!
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - The Oldest House b/w North Coast 7"
OLE-932 (lim. 2375)
Two brand new, never-released, rockers from TL/RX, not included on 'The Brutalist Bricks'. Packaged in a classic dubplate style.
Fucked Up - Daytrotter 7"
OLE-931 (lim. 2000 standard edition, lim. 100/store edition)
The two songs from the 'Couple Tracks' comp plus a third song from the session (an equally screwed-with version of Crooked Head) - this comes in a regular sleeve PLUS 10 limited-edition sleeves each with a photo of, and named after, a different great US record store: CD Alley (Chapel Hill), Disc Exchange (Knoxville), Fingerprints (Long Beach), Generation (New York), Grimey's (Nashville), Lunchbox (Charlotte), Speakertree (Lynchburg), Spiral Scratch (Buffalo), Waterloo (Austin), Wax Trax (Denver). Bear in mind, that each single might be found in any record store.
Pavement - Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement RSD '10 VERSION 2xLP
OLE-933 (lim. 2000)
An alternative version of our double-disc Pavement best-of collection, 'Quarantine The Past'... with a completely different track listing (chosen by contest), cover art fucked with by Stephen Malkmus.
Keep in mind, all these records are available for one day only, so get in line early and pick up some other great records while you're at it!!!
So with that in mind, we're encouraging you to get plenty of sleep Friday night, especially those of you in or near Claremont, California. On Saturday ---- the day before playing Coachella --- Yo La Tengo will be playing Rhino Records at 3pm. The last time I visited this establishment, I found one of these, so you might wanna turn up early. Unless you're into Godsmack, in which case I reckon you can take your time.
We announced the grand prize winner of the Pavement guess the track listing contest last week. That guy, from Brazil, won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York to see Pavement in Central Park next September, for coming closest to guessing the actual track listing to Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement, in stores on March 9.
The no-less-coveted second prize, for most imaginative track listing, goes to Gwendael Gouriou of Plougastel-Daoulas in France. The sequence, as chosen by the band from over 1200 entries, is as follows:
1. Zurich Is Stained (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
2. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17 (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
3. Grave Architecture (WOWEE ZOWEE)
4. Unfair (CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN)
5. ...And Carrot Rope (TERROR TWILIGHT)
6. Shady Lane / J Vs. S (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
7. Two States (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
8. Fame Throwa (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
9. Cut Your Hair (CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN)
10. Here (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
11. Extradition (WOWEE ZOWEE)
12. Stereo (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
13. The Hexx (TERROR TWILIGHT)
14. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse) (WATERY, DOMESTIC EP)
15. Kennel District (WOWEE ZOWEE)
16. Price Yeah! (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
17. No Life Singed Her (SLANTED AND ENCHANTED)
18. Stop Breathin' (CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN)
19. Type Slowly (Live) (TIBET FREEDOM CONCERT COMP)
20. Fin (BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS)
21. Forklift (DEMOLITION PLOT J-7 EP)
22. Fight This Generation (WOWEE ZOWEE)
23. Box Elder (SLAY TRACKS 1933-1969 EP)
Gwen's sequence will be pressed up as a limited-edition double vinyl LP only available on Record Store Day, April 17, at participating shops. The silkscreen cover art may have some resemblance to the image above - the band are customizing it later this week as they get together for their initial reunion tour rehearsals.
In addition to 5 copies of his sequence of the album, Gwen will be getting a complete Pavement 12" vinyl catalog on Matador. Four runners-up will be receiving these as well - we'll be announcing those shortly, so keep your eye on this space if you entered the contest.
Pavement's tour dates in 2010 as announced so far are as follows:
Mar 01 Auckland, NZ Auckland Town Hall
Mar 04 Sydney, AU Enmore Theatre
Mar 05 Sydney, AU Enmore Theatre
Mar 06 Meredith, AU Golden Plains Festival
Mar 07 Adelaide, AU Thebarton Theatre
Mar 08 Northbridge, AU Metro City
Mar 10 Brisbane, AU The Tivoli
Mar 12 Melbourne, AU Palace Theatre
Mar 14 Melbourne, AU Palace Theatre
Apr 07 Tokyo, JP Studio Coast
Apr 08 Tokyo, JP Studio Coast
Apr 10 Osaka, JP Zepp
Apr 12 Nagoya, JP Zepp
Apr 18 Indio, CA Coachella Festival
May 04 Dublin, IE Tripod
May 05 Glasgow, UK Barrowland
May 07 Paris, FR Le Zenith
May 08 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
May 10 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 11 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 12 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 13 London, UK Brixton Academy
May 15 Minehead, UK All Tomorrow's Parties
May 18 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
May 19 Berlin, DE Astra
May 20 Prague, CZ Palac Akropolis
May 21 Vienna, AT Arena
May 22 Munich, DE Muffathalle
May 24 Rome, IT Atlantico
May 25 Bologna, IT Estragon
May 28 Barcelona, ES Primavera Festival - Main Stage
Jun 19 Toronto, ON Olympic Island
Jun 25 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
Jul 04 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival
Aug 12 Oslo, NO Oya Festival
Aug 14 Gothenberg, SE Way Out West Festival
Sep 21 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 22 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 23 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Sep 24 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park
Preorder Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Some of you may remember last year's excursion to the outer reaches of Record Store Day, so this year I decided to give another outer-burrough a shot at Record Store Day. After stopping by Other Music and the Academy Annex , picking up some amazing limited edition records (and failing to find the new Fresh & Onlys LP) I hopped on the subway deep into Queens in search of NYC's best cumbia, champeta, rebajada and technocumbia shops.
We got off at the Junction Blvd. stop to find that the most-recommended music spot in the neighborhood, Discos Medellin, has been order closed by Police Order! Do the police know it's Record store Day???
Anyhow, after some deeply remedial Spanish conversations, we found a few other great stores right off on Roosevelt- Pancoatl Bulmaro and Domingo records. Pancoatl was up a secret flight of stairs in the back of a barber shop and blasted the latest Mexico-via-Queens Sonidero mixes. The employees were incredibly friendly, and excited to share their favorite new CDs (no vinyl sadly) and talk about their favorite local Sonideros (dj's). They got excited about Record Store Day, and talked a little bit about how they felt their stores were crucial hubs for people to feel connected to their home countries. Good vibes! After picking up some new Ecuadorian, Colombian and Mexican music we finished off the day with tacos at Tacos Al Suadero, easily the best Mexican food I've had since leaving San Francisco.
Some other LPs acquired today: