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Record Store Day inventory is HERE!

You might have already noticed but we’ve been busy receiving RSD titles for the past few days. You can scroll through our inventory or simply search using the code 2017RSD in the Album search box at the top, right-hand corner of the page. What you see here as of today (Monday) is about HALF of what we will have by Saturday.

There will be plenty more RSD titles arriving this week!  Keep watching.

Store hours on Saturday remain the same: we’re open 10 am till 5 pm.  See you soon!

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Record Store Day – what’s on order

We’ve started our Record Store Day orders. Thanks in no small part to your feedback! Here is the list of titles of what we hope to have on Saturday, April 22nd.  Many of these titles can be found on recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases. We also have a good selection of UK and Canadian titles.

Want something you don’t see listed here? Drop us a line. Hoping for more details? Give us a shout. We’re easy to connect with:

Or, better yet, visit us in store. 😀

 

More links and photos are coming!  
Keep scrolling down … it’s a long list!

ARTIST / TITLE

ALBUM ART (if avail.)

54*40 – Dear Dear (red transparent vinyl)
Air – Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Parlophone/Rhino
Quantity: 2000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Le Soleil Est Pres de Moi
Alexisonfire – Crisis Crisis (1LP) 10th anniversary

Re-release of the ALEXISONFIRE album ‘Crisis’ in line with its 10th anniversary.

This one is scaled back, single LP for the first time, on white wax, download card, standard jacket, 22 x 11 insert, and all are numbered out of 1977.

Originally released in Germany as a limited edition vinyl in 2006, this record has since been pressed by dine alone as a deluxe double LP/gatefold.

Alice in Chains – Get Born

Format: 2 x 7″
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 4000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Get Born
Andre 3000 – All Together Now / Instrumental

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 5000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

All Together Now
Aqua – Aquarium (Light Blue Vinyl)

Format: 180 gram, light blue opaque vinyl LP
Label: Universal (Den)
More Info: U.K. RSD release / Aqua’s groundbreaking bubblegum-pop album “Aquarium” now available on vinyl for the first time!
Aqua – Barbie Girl (7-In Pink Vinyl)

Format: 7″
Label: UME (USM)
More Info: U.K. RSD release / Aqua’s 1997 hit “Barbie Girl” reached the number one spot in 13 countries when it was first released. Celebrating 20 years since it was originally released, this special hot pink 7″ edition comes in a plastic sleeve, because..“life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”  Featuring the karaoke version is on Side B.
Art Of Noise – Moments In Love (10″/Bunny mask shaped pic disc)
Black Angels – Death Song (2LP/glow vinyl/black light 
Blitzen Trapper –  Unreleased Recordings Vol.1
Bowie, David – Cracked Actor (Live L.A. 74)
Bowie, David – No Plan EP
Bowie, David – Bowpromo

Format: Vinyl Box Set
Label: Parlophone
Quantity: 5000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

In August 1971, Bowie’s manager, Tony Defries had 500 promo LPs pressed to secure Bowie & fellow Mainman artist Dana Gillespie a record deal. This promo album, featuring 7 Bowie songs on Side A & 5 by Gillespie on the flip is often referred to as the BOWPROMO white label album. It came in generic white outer and inner sleeves & had no printed labels so its matrix number (BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1) is the only way to safely identify it. This RSD release replicates the original promo, with Bowie’s seven tracks on one side, and adds five exclusive Bowie prints. (Limited worldwide release of 15,000.)

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse (2LP)

U.K. RSD

Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star 

Format: 12″ picture disc
Label: UMC/Island UK/MCA
U.K. RSD release
Burnside, R.L. – Long Distance Call: Europe 82

Format: LP
Label: Fat Possum Records
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Cash, Johnny – The Johnny Cash Children’s Album

Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Claypool Lennon Delirium – Lime And Limpid Green (Green Vinyl)

Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: ATO Records
Quantity: 3030
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 2500
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Dark – Chemical Warfare (2LP)

Format: 2LP
Label:
Let The Eat Vinyl
UK Record Store Day exclusive reissue/ clear vinyl
Darkest Hour

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Southern Lord
Quantity: 1000
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Dave Matthews Band –Live at Red Rocks 8-15-9

Format: 4 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 2500
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart/What Is

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Elektra Catalog Group
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Discharge – Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing 

UK RSD release / picture discDischargeDischargeDischarge

 

Discharge – Why? 

UK RSD release / picture disc

Doors – Live At The Matrix 67

Format: LP
Label: Elektra Catalog Group
Quantity: 4500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Flamin’ Groovies/Dylan Gardner – Side By Side: Shake Some Action

Format: 7″ Vinyl (blue/red)
Label: Warner Bros.
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

G.B.H. – Leather, Bristles, Studs and Acne 

Format: 12″ picture disc
Label: Let Them Eat Vinyl
U.K. Record Store Day exclusive reissue
Goblin – Notturno (Ltd/Color vinyl)

Format: LP

Label: AMS
More Info: U.K. RSD release / previous vinyl release 1983/ green vinyl
Buddy Guy – Sick With Love b/w She Got it Together

Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: RCA
Quantity: 2000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Jimi Hendrix  (Curtis Knight) – Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Jason Isbell and the Unit (Drive-by Truckers) – Live From Welcome to 1979

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Thirty Tigers
Quantity: 4000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Jamiroquai – Automation

Format: 10″
Label: Virgin EMI
More Info: UK Record Store Day release / Clear vinyl in a mirriboard sleeve with printed inner
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing

Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Quantity: 3500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Robert Johnson – Complete Recordings

Format: 3 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night

Label: BMG
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Kinks – Got Love If You Want It

Format: 7″ vinyl
Label: BMG
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Christopher Lee – Metal Knight

Format: 10″
Label: Charlemagne
More Info: UK RSD / Limited to 500 / Picture disc. Christopher Lee recorded this release at the age of 92. This Extended Play Vinyl is appropriately called ‘Metal Knight’. Sir Christopher was well-known for his devotion to fantasy and heavy metal themes, with several album releases and collaborations in the genre to his name…(more).
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD release

 

Mayhem – Deathcrush

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD release
Meters – A Message from The Meters–The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977

Format: 3 x LP
Label: Real Gone Music
Quantity: 510
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Moondog – s/t 

Format: white vinyl LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Motorhead – Clean Your Clock

Format: 2 x LP Picture Disc
Label: UDR
Quantity: 1500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Motorhead – s/t 

Format: 3LP
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / TRIPLE CLEAR VINYL / DEBUT ALBUM + WHATS WORDS WORTH? LIVE ALBUM + BONUS TRACKS
Motorhead – s/t

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / PICTURE DISC
Motorhead – What’s Words Worth?

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: UK RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / PICTURE DISC
Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime/Baby Jump 

Label: BMG
Quantity:
1500
Release type:
RSD Exclusive Release

Nico – Live in Tokyo 1986 (ltd green/grey splatter vinyl)

Hand-numbered, limited edition.

Recorded live in Tokyo in 1986, this limited edition RSD release captures the enigmatic Nico towards the end of her life, which was cut short tragically in Ibiza in 1988. Featuring a backing band that includes synthesizer, conga drums, and more, this dark, smoky concert feels like proto-cold-wave and though 30+ years old could easily fit into the indie zeitgeist of today. With a set list that spans the whole of her career going all the way back to her beginnings in the Warhol Factory, this live set show that Nico, though unfortunately near the twilight of her life, was nowhere near the twilight of her talent. An amazing live set on hand numbered limited edition splatter vinyl LP for Record Store Day 2017.
Nico & The Faction – Fata Morgana

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Tidal Waves Music
Quantity: 1400
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
 
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

Format: LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

 
Offspring – Offspring

Format: 12″ coloured vinyl
Label: Nitro
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

   
Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes – Live At Jones Beach 

Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: The Orchard
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Pearl Jam – State of Love and Trust / Breath

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 5000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release
 
Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 4000

Pink Floyd – London 1966/1967

Format: Picture Disc LP
Label: Kscope
More Info: The first studio from the classic 60s PINK FLOYD line-up released for U.K. RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED EDITION 12″ PICTURE DISC VINYL
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Format: 3 x LP
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Quantity: 1200
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Roberto Pregadio / Romano Mussolini – Kriminal OST

Label: Dagored (Italian)

More Info: European RSD release / limited to 500 copies / transparent yellow vinyl

 

Stunning jazz soundtrack from the legendary duo Pregadio/Mussolini for the 1967 movie based off the Italian cult comic series Satanik; deluxe complete edition for the first time in a numbered limited edition of 500 copies in transparent red vinyl.
Roberto Pregadio / Romano Mussolini – Satanik OST

Label: Dagored (Italian)

More Info: European RSD release / limited to 500 copies / transparent red vinyl

A great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz composed by the dynamic duo Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini for the 1965 movie based on the mega cult Italian comic hero KRIMINAL. Complete edition for the first time in a deluxe numbered limited edition of 500 copies in transparent yellow vinyl.
Prince – Batdance

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl
Label: Rhino
More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
Prince – I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl
Label: Rhino
More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
Prince – I Wish U Heaven

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl

Label: Rhino

More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
 
Prince – Partyman

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl

Label: Rhino

More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
Prince – Sign O The Times

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl

Label: Rhino

More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
Prince And The Revolution – Little Red Corvette/1999

Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Warner Bros.
Quantity: 5000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Prince And The Revolution – Pop Life

Format: 140 gram, 12″ vinyl

Label: Rhino

More Info: U.K. Record Store Day re-issue
Ramones – 76-’79 Singles Box

Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Quantity: 3500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

A box of pre-1980 US 7″ singles by the Ramones, authentically reproduced with Sire labels, picture covers & a selection of great punk rock tracks; packaged in a unique cigarette-style outer box, with an insert and individually foil-stamped numbered global edition of 6500. Individually numbered, limited worldwide release of 6500.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot/Dreams Of A Samurai

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: Warner Bros.
Quantity: 4750
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (2LP) Live at Fox

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Rockbeat
Quantity: 1400
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Rush – Cygnus X-1

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: UME
Quantity: 5000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Santana – Woodstock Saturday August 16, 1969

Format: LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Small Faces – Broadcast 66 EP

Format: 7″

Label: HISTORY OF RNB RECORDS

Soul Assassins – Muggs Presents: The Soul Assassins Chapter I

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Spacemen 3 – For All the Fucked Up Children
Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire
Spacemen 3 – Recurring
Bruce Springsteen – Hammersmith Odeon London

Format: 4 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Sting – Live At The Bataclan 

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Interscope
Quantity: 3500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Sublime – Badfish

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: UME
Quantity: 3000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Sublime with Rome – Unreleased Demos
Tegan & Sara/Regrettes – Back In Your Head Side By Side

Label: Warner Bros.
Quantity: 2700
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Television Personalities – 2017RSD – And Don’t the Kids Just Love It 
Television Personalities – Mummy You’re Not Watching Me 
Television Personalities – The Painted Word
Television Personalities – They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles
Townes Van Zandt – Live at Austin City Limits

Format: LP
Label: Fat Possum Records
More Info: U.K. RSD, black vinyl, 150 gram, download card.
Various Artists – Like a Drunk In A Midnight Choir–Record Store Day Celebrates the Music of Leonard Cohen

Format: LP
Label: Record Store Day
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Various Artists – Space Jam: Music From and Inspired By The Motion Picture

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Atlantic Catalog Group
Quantity: 3500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Various Artists – Lost in Space: Title Themes from Irwin Allen’s Hit TV Series

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: SPACELAB9
Quantity: 1000
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Carnegie Hall

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Sony Legacy
Quantity: 3000
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

Venom – At War With Satan

Label: BMG
Quantity: 1500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

 
Venom – Black Metal

Label: Back on Black

More Info: U.K. RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / PICTURE DISC

Venom – Welcome to Hell (pic disc)
Gerard Way –  Into The Cave We Wander

Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Label: Warner Bros.
Quantity: 4800
Release type: ‘RSD First’ Release

White Zombie – Gods On Voodoo Moon

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Numero Group
Quantity: 750
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Who – Quadrophenia (2lp Green Vinyl)

Format: 2LP parka green vinyl
Label: UMC/Polydor UK
More Info: UK RSD release. Parka’ green-coloured vinyl replica reissue of the classic and seminal 1979 film soundtrack – includes 13 Who tracks and songs from the 60s mod era by James Brown, Booker T & The MGs, The Ronnetes and others.
Witchfinder General – Death Penalty 

Format: 12″ picture disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / PICTURE DISC
Witchfinder General – Friends of Hell 

Format: 12″ picture disc
Label: BACK ON BLACK
More Info: U.K. RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / PICTURE DISC
Neil Young – Decade

Format: 3 x LP
Label: Reprise
Quantity: 5000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

 

 

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Record Store Day LIST! It’s here.

Record Store Day List

Click for the (American) 2017RSD List

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want! I’ll try to make your dreams come true.  🙂  The list is now public. Remember this list is for our big neighbours to the south and may not include all Canadian and European titles.

I’ve already ordered several European titles and will be posting a growing list of what’s on order here. For a more diverse list of RSD titles, visit www.FAB.ca and enter 2017RSD in the title field. Contact us for pricing.

N.B. we cannot guarantee availability of all titles. You know how it goes: you win some, you lose some.

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Mid-winter sale!

Announcing our mid-winter sale!

Buy 3 get the 4th FREE!

It sure is cold out but…  hey baby, it’s HOT in here!! 

Buy three items get the fourth FREE!!

Sale includes all NEW records and COLLECTIBLE records (the ones behind the counter) and ALL in-stock new and used books. Sale does not include used vinyl. Lowest priced item(s) will be free.

Q&A

How can I tell which records are new?

New records have a price ending in 99 cents & they have a NEW sticker on ’em.

What makes a record collectible?

Collectible records are almost always hard-to-find and scarce. A notable exception includes our SEALED copy of Michael Jackson’s Thriller pressed in 1982: the biggest selling album of all time isn’t rare but it’s certainly hard-to-find a copy that is sealed. Collectible records may be short-run unofficial releases, or early pressings from various countries (Japan, England and Germany are popular), or, they might be highly sought-after small releases. All of these records are playable but should be handled carefully as they can be investments with potentially even greater future value.

Why are only in-stock books on sale?

♥ We regularly source rare and out-of-print books from around the world by special request from customers. We bring in these books one at a time and add only a small mark-up to cover our costs. As a result of costs, we keep these books separate from our regular inventory.

How long is the sale?

The sale runs from Tuesday, February 7th till Tuesday, February 14th. (Remember we’re closed Monday).

Why aren’t used records on sale? 

 Because we can’t keep up with the demand of used records as it is. Our used records will continue to be priced at our usual, low prices … and, they sell faster than we can clean ’em!

Does this sale include online purchases?

At this time, you can see our inventory online: the books are listed on Abebooks and the records are listed directly on our website. However, we haven’t figured out a good system for adding discounts to these online purchases. We suggest that you make your shopping lists at home and visit us in-store. Hey, we love to see you in person!!!

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Sampha’s highly-anticipated debut album, “Process” in store!


Sampha
‘s highly-anticipated debut album, Process, is in store this Friday Feb 3rd featuring the singles ‘Timmy’s Prayer’, ‘Blood On Me’ and ‘No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’. Sampha, one of the most in-demand new live acts around, will support Process with two Sold Out shows at Toronto’s Mod Club (February 12th and 13th) as well as Montreal’s Corona Theatre (February 11th).

BIO:
As one of the UK’s most enigmatic artists, twenty-seven year old Sampha has lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a range of stand-out releases. From homegrown contemporaries such as SBTRKT, FKA twigs and Jessie Ware, to world-renowned superstars like Drake, Solange, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Frank Ocean, Sampha has quietly become an influential and in-demand collaborator. Now, with the forthcoming release of his debut album Process, the time has come for the London musician to tell his own story.

The youngest of five brothers, Sampha Sisay grew up in a semi-detached house in the London suburb of Morden after his family moved to the capital from his parent’s hometown of Kenema, Sierra Leone. At the age of three his father brought a piano to the house, something that was to have a huge effect on a young Sampha. Learning to play the piano in the family home, alongside the discovery of digital music production software some years later, introduced Sampha to the deeply resonating and tone-shifting emotional scales that would become a central characteristic of his own music.

Growing up, Sampha’s brothers would play him a wide-range of music – from The Strokes to Brian Eno to jazz. Each week his father would bring home a new CD, introducing Sampha to a wider range of sounds, from the beautiful tonal arias of Pavorotti to the harmonic tints of West African Wassoulou music. He was also inspired to create his own music, initially aspiring to make Grime using Reason software, after discovering artists from the South London producer scene like Kwes and Micachu on MySpace.

It was through a combination of all these disparate discoveries – rather than any one specific artist – that the concept of chords and composition, and the way those two can be combined to create deep, visceral feeling, became key to Sampha’s own work. But just as importantly, if not more so, it’s Sampha’s raw ability to connect with an audience on a direct, emotional level that made his voice and production work so sought after.

“I always liked the fact that harmony and notes created an emotion that I was into”, he explains, talking about some of his early releases, which stretch as far back as 2010. “I wasn’t into expressing my realities. It was always that imaginative thing. The feeling the sound of music gave me…”

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 1: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: With musical guests Sampha during Thursday’s 9/1/16 taping in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

This idea of music being a vehicle that can transport the listener directly into fragmented, intense moments is something that lays at the very core of Sampha’s music. It’s there to a higher degree than ever before across Process, as we travel through a shifting soundscape that charts the peaks and troughs of human emotion. Except this time the feelings aren’t imagined, because on Process Sampha has opened the door to his realities.

Shortly after Sampha released his debut ‘Sundanza’ EP for Young Turks in 2010, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. When she passed last September, nearly two decades after the death of Sampha’s father, Sampha found himself thinking about his own mortality in a way he’d never considered before. A few years earlier, while on tour with SBTRKT, he’d discovered a lump in his throat. He had an endoscopy. Then a second, and then a third – and the doctors couldn’t find anything. But it’s still there. On the opening track of Process, a delicate and piano led song called “Plastic 100ºC”, he sings “Oh, sleeping with my worries, yeah / I didn’t really know what that lump was.”

“It’s the not knowing”, he says calmly, speaking about his throat troubles and the subsequent reflection on life, whether his own or of those around him. “[Death] is a very real thing that will happen to you. It’s so difficult. The importance of spirituality in the face of that is the main thing in how to deal with that. I’m not religious, but I’m almost jealous of people who are, who can dedicate that amount of time to the bigger picture.”

Despite not being a concept album, Process is loosely rooted in the concept of spiritual discovery, or at least the search for understanding. It’s a measured documentation of Sampha’s own development across the last two years of his life, but also it’s a reflection on the science of making music and the way the feeling that comes from those artistic procedures is entwined with the experience of being. “To me, feeling is the main thing of life. Without it, you’re dead”, he explains. “Music is a way of connecting to the essence of life.”

“When you feel like life is kind of dead and you get really apathetic in terms of meaning, there’s still an infinite amount of depth to what’s going on, even though the banality of everyday life can settle in. To me spirituality is falling backwards; it’s like infinity. It’s being comfortable with not knowing. The end result [of making music] is just to make you feel something – to make you feel or think someway – and that’s the unknown. You’re working on something to make people feel magic.”

Led by Sampha’s impressive voice and production (along with co-production from Rodaidh McDonald), the album powerfully captures moments. One particular stand out track “No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)” is a beautiful meditation on the piano that sat inside Sampa’s childhood home and the soulful experiences that have been absorbed into its framework.

“‘No One Knows Me’ stands out because of all the emotional chaos I’m going through before that point. Songs like “Blood On Me” and “Plastic”, they’re all intense songs – then you reach this point of reflection. Through all of that you feel like how I felt. It’s almost like the feeling you get after vibrating for ages.”

On the album’s closing track “What Shouldn’t I Be?”, Sampha reflects on the different perspectives that have gone through his mind over the past six years, which have seen him travel across the globe to work with Drake, while also travelling home again to move in with his mother.

“Who am I to be on the front of a magazine? Or who am I to not be on the front of a magazine?”, he says of the track, and its shifting viewpoints. “Should I be at home looking after my mum or should I go out and be living my own life? Should I have responsibility to my parents or to myself? At what point should you care for yourself or care for others?

That’s not to say Process isn’t also without it’s euphoric moments. Ultimately, it’s a portfolio of the shifting poles of human emotion, darting from the bubbling electronic sounds Sampha first brought forward all those years ago, to the more stripped-back, raw, pensive tracks. And it all comes from Sampha’s natural desire to express all the different sides of himself on his debut record. “I’ve documented my nature”, he says. “It’s about letting things be, because things have a process. It came from me confronting certain things and really dealing with them.”

For his long-term fans, the album has been a six year wait. But through that time, Sampha has built upon his impressive groundwork to create an incredibly pure, emotionally honest debut album. His uncompromising vision has resulted in a rare and tender snapshot of life.

“Everyone has a story to be told. There’s always a story to be told. As long as you listen.”

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Secret vinyl release is here!

A brand spankin’ new BURIAL 12” !! .. yes that’s right, the first Burial release since 2013. It’s a two track 12” and digital release.burial-secret-release

BURIAL 12”

A – YOUNG DEATH

B – NIGHTMARKET

HDB100

5055300386526

$19.99

Apparently, and not surprisingly, copies were accidentally sold on Black Friday RSD: pitchfork.com/news/70050-burials-new-record-young-death-surfaces. In fact, I had it tucked away to prevent that from happening and only just remembered it was supposed to go out on the shelf. Mid-week mystery releases the week after Record Store Days really throw us record stores through a loop! 😉

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

Here’s the scoop for the Black Friday weekend.

Buy 4 titles, get the 5th free!

Included in that sale are all books and new records (excluding November 25th releases).

Just want one or two titles? Save 10%!

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Black Friday special releases!!!

motley-crueThis is it. BF Day: as it hasn’t ever been referred to but obviously should be from now on. 😉 Black Friday is Record Store Day lite. It has many special, limited releases that vinyl fans will be hoping to get their hands on. The difference is the quantity: it’s a smaller, more concentrated selection.

See the full list as it gradually gets data-entered throughout this week. Type in the code 2016RSD2 in the ALBUM field of our online inventory. Or, just click HERE.   Also, click the image to get to more information about each release.

SALE!!

Throughout this Black Friday weekend, NEW vinyl (Black Friday titles excluded) will be discounted. Buy 4 records get the 5th free! Just want one record: save 10% off the lowest price (already discounted records are further discounted)!

Please note: we cannot sell Black Friday titles before 10AM Friday, November 25th. In store customers get first dibs.

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Leonard Cohen … we will love you, always

Obviously last week’s passing of one of Canada’s most thought-provoking and inspiring artists was a shock, especially as he had just released a new album. Leonard Cohen told us that we wanted it darker, and in a way he was right: global unrest seems to be a recurring theme of modern times. We want it darker? I guess so, in an involuntary sort of way. But not this dark, Mr. Cohen.

We don’t want it this dark.

Sigh. As Cohen once sang in a song called Ring the Bells, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

So we’ll ring the bells. We’ll celebrate your music. We’ll celebrate your life and light. We’ll celebrate the cracks in the darkness that give us a glimpse that, even though this week is indeed darker than it seemed this time last week, there is light and there is a promise of more light.

Of course, there’s always the music. Is that where the light comes from? In a way, I suppose so.

We wanted it darker? We need only to face the east to look for faint hues of orange and pink which portends the promise of morning, even if we ourselves are mourning.

In the meantime, we will console ourselves with Mr. Cohen’s consider body of musical genius, passion, love and hate whilst we await his final opus, You Want it Darker.

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1974’s ‘New Skin For The Old Ceremony’ saw Cohen taking a turn away from the spare sound of his earlier releases featuring expanded instrumental arrangements and some of the most expressive vocal performances of his career. Sundazed, $39.99

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Cohen’s intimate, emotion-charged live performances yielded the 1973 release ‘Live Songs’, which mixes a handful of previously recorded favorites with new songs, including ‘Passing Thru’,’Tonight Will Be Fine’ and the rarely-performed 13-minute epic ‘Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace)’. Sundazed, $39.99

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Old Ideas is Cohen’s 12th studio album. Released in January 2012, it became his highest-charting release, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. Includes CD. Sundazed, $39.99

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‘Songs From A Room’ was recorded with producer Bob Johnston, who was renowned for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Byrds, and Simon & Garfunkel. It boasts such enduring compositions as ‘Bird On The Wire’, ‘Story Of Isaac’ and ‘A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros’. Sundazed, $39.99

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Songs of Leonard Cohen is his debut album released in December 1967 on Columbia Records. Legacy, $29.99

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Songs of Love and Hate is Cohen’s third studio album. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971. Sony, $23.99

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New Wax Tailor – By Any Beats Necessary

wax-tailor-by-any-beats-necessaryI’m digging the new Wax Tailor project. Wax Tailor, aka Jean-Christophe Le Saoûtis a French trip hop/hip hop producer who has now released his fourth studio album, By Any Beats Necessary. 

The videos alone are major, artistic efforts with loads of loving details (check out Worldwide below). The lyrics are a (mostly) hopeful vision of the future and are meant to be listened to, but the music also stands alone, and does, in the instrumental offered on a separate disc.

The vinyl comes with a special chance to win a floating turntable. Seriously cool. Just email your proof of purchase (make certain you grab your receipt from us!) to Wax Tailor by December 11th for a chance to win! Details on the vinyl.

Oh, and did I mention the price? He’s got it priced very reasonably at $23.99 (double vinyl) and $18.99 (double CD).  Makes me happy. 🙂

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