Record Store Day ambassador Dave Grohl leads new releases with Foo Fighters’ Songs From the Laundry Room, a 10-inch featuring two demos, a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” and new song “Empty Handed.” Sun Records – a possible subject if Grohl visits Memphis in a Sonic Highways season two – will compile deep cuts from artists like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich into the Curated by Record Store Day Vol. 2 double-album. Meanwhile, the newer L.A. label Alive Naturalsound will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with four sides of their own, compiling unreleased or hard-to-find tracks by artists like Lee Bains III and the Black Keys.
Twenty years is a long time. In dog years it equals 140. If your dog survives to 20 years old, he’s probably got a walker, and a hearing aid, and an assisted living doghouse near the fire hydrant. In the record business, though, twenty years is like a century. Most acts don’t last that long. If they do, they’ve probably been irrelevant for the past 15 of those 20 years. The majority of hit records these days are forgotten within minutes after they’ve fallen off the chart, and radio play stops. Labels tend to survive longer, but usually in name only. CEO’s, and A&R people come and go. Artists are signed today, and dropped tomorrow. It’s a business where the future is now, the present past, and the past never was.
So when a record label manages to survive intact for two decades with essentially the same person or persons in place adhering to the label’s original design and vision, it’s cause for celebration. Alive Natural Sound is that label, and 2015 marks the label’s 20th Anniversary. The artist roster has changed, but Alive is still Alive, and better than ever.
In the mid-‘70s, along the shores of Lake Michigan in the small town of Zion, Ill., brothers John and Jeff Murphy and Gary Klebe joined forces to create the iconic power-pop outfit, Shoes.
Over the past four decades, Shoes have amassed a massive, fabled catalog of rock tunes and for this year’s edition of Record Store Day, they’ve collected some of their favorites — along with previously unreleased demos and a 2013 live version of “I Don’t Wanna Hear It” – for the very special Primal Vinyl. DIFFUSER.FM HERE
Alive Naturalsounds Records are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and releasing Rock & Roll Is A Beautiful Thing on Record Store Day to commemorate the milestone. The limited edition double vinyl includes rarities from blues and roots icons like the Black Keys and T-Model Ford, and today we’re excited to premiere Seattle-based blues rockers Lonesome Shack’s contribution, a previously unreleased version of “Sexual Release.” MORE ON THE PURE VOLUME SITE.
When listening to the Bloodhounds, my whole collection of oldies went through my mind in a few minutes, not that it is a bad thing, on the contrary, the quartet is a true-to-the-core 60’s R&B revival and they play it with a real conviction.
The Bloodhounds were playing an in-store at Origami Vinyl on Saturday night, and they rocked the place, attracting more and more people in the store with their upbeat and familiar rhythms. It’s always funny to see young guys who were not even a project in their parents’ minds in the 60’s or 70’s, but nevertheless embracing the retro wave, and mixing blues, old style R&B and good old rock & roll, with such ease and delightfulness… add to this a subtle Latino flavor, which makes total sense when you know they all come from East LA.
Alive Naturalsound Records is celebrating their 20th anniversary as a label with a special vinyl release called Rock & Roll Is a Beautiful Thing on Record Store Day. The compilation will feature rarities from the label’s roster of blues artists like the Black Keys, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and local trio John the Conqueror. While the record won’t be released until April 18th, you listen to the premiere of John the Conqueror’s contribution, “Gimme Gold,” below.
The song is a fun one, propelled by a bright guitar riff and frontman Pierre Moore’s colorful lyrics.
Not only the name of three piece band John The Conqueror refers to the roots of blues, also the groove and songs of this Philadelphia based band will remind you of the likes of Otis Reading and Muddy Waters. It is the John The Conqueror Bourbon-mix of roots music from Soul to Rock ‘n Roll, Punk to Blues that makes you willing to listen to this band all evening. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE
Buffalo Killers’ songwriter Andy Gabbard debuts his solo album, Fluff, which is anything but that.
Andy Gabbard‘s debut solo album, Fluff, definitely does not live up to its title. This trippy-tinged collection of tunes brings fuzzy pop sense to Gabbard’s writings that do not fit the Buffalo Killers’ vibe. Fluff is not “trouble in paradise”; rather, it is an expansion of his creativity, like a second leg of vacation.