RSD 2014 Preview: The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive

(There is no bad)

Officially founded in 2007, Record Store Day is a celebration of the community, pride, and hard-work that goes into every independently owned record store. In the past few years, Record Store Day has grown into its own holiday, where artists small and large deliver a limited supply of releases old and new. Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D, from the legendary hip-hip group Public Enemy, remarked on the impact of record stores, “The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other.”

I’m here to point you in the direction of my favorite releases, some of which my entire life savings ($164) on. This Saturday, thousands will gather at their local record store and indulge in the essential need that is music. Where will you be? Enjoy.

RSD 2014 Logo

The Vinyl Warhol’s RSD Picks (feel free to send me any of these)

??? – Side By Side Series 7″ : Always a fun, cheap way to get a unique RSD tradition. Two artists, an original song by one, with a cover by a different on the back. Last year I got The Stooges’/The Black Keys’ renditions of “No Fun,” on red and orange marble vinyl.

Cage the Elephant – “Take It Or Leave It”: A solid single from the band’s latest album, Melophobia. The B-side features an unreleased track called “Jesse James.”

CHVRCHES – Recover EP: One of last year’s hottest new acts, CHVRCHES has dominated both underground and popular music. They’re also playing at Bonnaroo!!

Haim – Forever: Another new giant from last year. Seriously infectious pop rock hits!

Jay Z/Linkin Park – Collision CourseOddly charming mash-ups of songs from both musical giants (See: “Big Pimpin’/Papercut”).

RPM Turntable Football – A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM: Just look.

The Velvet Underground – LoadedA classic from a band where all of their albums (I don’t count are classic Squeeze) are classic. “Rock & Roll,” “Sweet Jane,” and “Cool It Down,” come on?

Liars – “Mess on a Mission”: Great tune from this band’s latest release, Mess. And just look at that! I did a blog talking about it.

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye Box set: Saving the best for last. This five LP set is a remastered recording of the band’s final concert at Madison Square Garden. The price is $130, but I’ll be damned if I’m not leaving RSD without it.

View the complete list here! So, whatcha want?

 

Musical Ramblings: The Grammys

If you were unaware, or like most people you didn’t care, “music’s biggest night” was last night. But, I did watch The Grammys, and found it a, more or less, entertaining evening. So here are some of my thoughts about the winners, the performances, and The Grammys as an institution. Enjoy.

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Who got lucky?

Every year I feel like The Grammys slip more and more into irrelevance. With the explosion of the internet, there has never been more accessible music, and 99% of it is excluded from Grammy nominations. Even some the most praised albums of last year (ie. Yeezus, Modern Vampires of the City, Reflektor, … Like Clockwork) received little recognition from The Recording Academy. That, along with the fact that “artists” like The Baha Men, Katy Perry, and Lil Wayne are all Grammy winners, makes The Grammys reputation for good music go right down the toilet. Okay, enough ranting, let’s get to the show.

Despite the paragraph above, I actually really enjoyed The Grammys this year. The night started off with Beyonce and Jay Z performing a steaming rendition of “Drunk in Love”. The two of them had multiple cute moments throughout the evening, the best being Jay’s acceptance speech, where he thanked his wife for bringing Baby Blue into the world. Feels for days.


Throughout the rest of the night, there were performances of varying levels of boredom, peaking with Taylor Swift’s performance, which made me want to eat a gun. Even the “oh so amazing” Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performance was pretty lame. They didn’t even play a Beatles song, and Ringo wasn’t even the only drummer on the stage. Oh Ringo.

By far the best everything of the night was Daft Punk. Their performance with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, and Nile Rodgers was incredible. I’m pretty sure it’s the only moment in history where Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, and John Legend were dancing to the same song. Remarkable.


I want to quickly mention the “What the Fuck?” Macklemore & Friends performance. When the gates of heaven opened up, revealing Queen Latifah and Madonna I lost it. The wedding ceremony was sweet, but even more amazing is the fact that Queen Latifah is a licensed reverend and there is a person that goes by the name of Trombone Shorty.

Oh yeah, and people won awards. Robot Rock.

Videos to Pee your Pants to.

It’s Halloween. Time for some scary music videos. That’s all I got. Enjoy.

Want to know what I dressed as this Halloween? Head over to The Vinyl Warhol’s Twitter, and find out.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Y Control”

 

Children ripping out their innards, and cutting off their appendages. Spike Jonze really knows how to direct a music video, and this is downright disturbing. Also Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an incredible band, and this is probably my favorite of their songs.

Kanye West ft. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Nicki Minaj – “Monster”

 

Kanye as Indiana Jones, Jay-Z as The Godfather, Nicki Minaj as Dracula, and Rick Ross as Snorlax, this video has it all.
Note: I can rap this song in it’s entirety.

Tool – “Schism”

 

I could have picked any Tool video, their all unsettling. Fuck this video and the way it makes me feel.

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

 

“Bad Romance” isn’t that scary, but I think it’s good for Halloween. The costume design is amazing, and the coreography is perfect. It’s about Gaga being sold as a prostitute, and she ultimately burns someone alive with her sex. Happy Halloween!

Kanye West at his Kanye Best on Fallon

Last night, Kanye West headed to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote, “The Yeezus Tour”, with a powerful rendition of “Bound 2”.  Jimmy Fallon let the news of Kanye’s performance slip on Twitter, a few hours before the show. But, other than that, it was a surprise to see Yeezus. In recent months, Kanye has only performed a handful of times: launching into a minimalist tornado at the VMAs, with “Blood on the Leaves”, and sicking the dogs Saturday Night Live, performing both “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves”. But Kanye didn’t come to Fallon alone, he had some help from soul singer, Charlie Wilson, and boys choir.

Don’t miss “The Yeezus Tour”, with special guest Kendrick Lamar, when it comes to your town. I was lucky enough to see Kanye, along with Jay Z, on the 2011, “Watch the Throne” tour. It was a night full of energy and hit songs, and with this being Kanye West’s first solo tour since the “Glow in the Dark” tour in 2009, he is, pun intended, “Bound 2” make it something memorable.

Listen to Yeezus by Kanye West!

Tour Dates:

10/19 Seattle, WA  KeyArena
10/20 Vancouver, B.C.  Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/22 San Jose, CA  SAP Center
10/23 Oakland, CA  Oracle Arena
10/25 Las Vegas, NV  MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/26 Los Angeles, CA  Staples Center
11/1 Salt Lake City, UT  EnergySolutions Arena
11/3 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
11/5 Minneapolis, MN  Target Center
11/7 Chicago, IL  United Center
11/10 Detroit, MI  Palace of Auburn Hills
11/12 Toronto, Ont.  Air Canada Centre
11/14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre
11/16 Philadelphia, PA  Wells Fargo Center
11/17 Boston, MA  TD Garden
11/19 Brooklyn, NY  Barclays Center
11/21Washington, DC  Verizon Center
11/23 New York, NY  Madison Square Garden
11/29 Miami, FL  AmericanAirlines Arena
11/30 Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum
12/1 Atlanta, GA  Philips Arena
12/6 Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center
12/7 Houston, TX  Toyota Center