Happy Record Store Day!

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We hope that you will support and celebrate record stores every day, but it’s still fun to celebrate at your favorite local retailer for this annual event – try to find the titles below that are being released on RSD and were pressed here at GGR:

Allen Toussaint – Live In Philadelphia 1975

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – The Criteria Sessions

COLUMBUSBLOOD 2016

Devo – It’s All Devo

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Gene Washington & The Ironsides – Next To You Single

Husker Du – In A Free Land 7inch

JD Crowe – The New South 40th Anniversary Edition

Miracle Legion – Portrait of a Damaged Family

Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money, Mo Problems 12inch Single

One Voice LP Compilation

Patti Smith – Horses Live At Electric Lady Studios


The Reduced – Drastically Reduced!

 

Record Highlight — Harps

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Available on vinyl from Rocket Heart Records.  The Marvelous Cheer EP differs from it’s original CD counterpart. This limited edition 12″ pressing has been remastered for vinyl and includes updated album art, insert art drawn by HARPS’ own Kaitlin Uemura, etching on Side B, and a HQ digital download of the entire EP.

 

Record Highlight — Jonathan Richman

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Available now from Cleveland’s Blue Arrow Records, Jonathan Richman’s new album Ishikode! Ishikode! is a a slow simmer, sensory anticipation, and a pleading desire to address the complete range of possibilities that we can extend ourselves.  (“Ishikode” means “fire” in the Ojibwe language).

 

Record Highlights — Dick Diver

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Dick Diver "New Start Again"  Dick Diver "Calendar Days"

One year after releasing Dick Diver’s third album, Melbourne, Florida, Trouble In Mind is pleased as punch to re-present the revered Melbourne, Australia band’s first two albums —  2011’s New Start Again and 2013’s critically acclaimed (and The Age-nominated Best Album) Calendar Days for eager & discerning listeners.

The band sprung to life in 2008 from four talented songwriters & members of Melbourne’s (still) thriving DIY/Punk scene who sought inspiration in the precious, yearning chords & poetic lyrics of Brisbane’s Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens rather than the squall & feedback of Aussie punk forefathers The Saints or the ugly, brutish pummelling of feedtime or the Cosmic Psychos. The band’s lyrics speak to a very real & present Australian existence, often referencing everyday slices of life and utilizing native turns of phrase, congealing it all into rich earworms with casual, affable, scrappy charm.

 

Record Highlights – Dark Entries Releases

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Four new titles shipped for Dark Entries Records – pre-orders for each are up now!

Ghibli – I’m Looking For You

Ghibli is the solo project of musician, producer, and vocalist Alberto Garbelli, from Milan, Italy. At the age of 23, while reading a comic book, he encountered the word Ghibli, which is the name of the wind of the North African desert – and also a Maserati car model. Inspired by Klaus Nomi and Nina Hagen, he began to sing in an operatic fashion. During this time Alberto would frequent the local discotheques. Watching the unique mix of performers and dancers, Alberto lost his inhibitions and was inspired to become an artist.

Some Bizarre – Don’t Be Afraid

Some Bizarre are a trio formed in Bergamo, Italy in 1983. The line-up is Marino Scarabelli (music, producer), Tiberio “Tyber” Scarfone (arrangement, producer) and Stefano Brignoli (lyrics, vocals). Tiberio was a DJ at a local discotheque, where he met Marino. Initially they considered calling themselves Funny Marvin, but settled on Some Bizarre after recruiting Stefano, whose initials mirror the name.

Brand Image – Are You Loving?

Brand Image is a trio formed in Bergamo, Italy in 1983. Created by the same group of musicians as their previous project Some Bizarre. The line-up is Marino Scarabelli (music, producer), Tiberio “Tyber” Scarfone (arrangement, producer) and Stefano Brignoli (lyrics) and vocalist Mauro Farina. Originally, Stefano sang the song but his performance was too close to the brand new Some Bizarre single, so they recruited Mauro for distinction.

Danio Dell’Aere – Eagles In The Night

Dario Dell’Aere is a New Wave musician, producer and singer from Milan, Italy. At the end of the 1970’s Dario performed in a mime show influenced by the glam cliches of David Bowie. In 1979, he met Victor Life outside a cinema, and began a lifelong collaboration of projects: Diamond Dogs, Ice Eyes and Fockewulf 190. Musically, the duo were inspired by the Human League’s “Reproduction” and John Foxx’s “Metamatic”, while they took visual cues from the New Romantics Visage and Ultravox. With the Fockewulf 190 moniker, they created their own dark blend of Italo disco and New Wave, and released the hit singles “Gitano” and “Body Heat” in 1984.

 

Record Highlight — Robbie Fulks

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Robbie Fulks Upland Stories Album Artwork

Robbie Fulks‘s storytelling through folk and bluegrass music on Upland Stories delivers the quieter, sometimes unsettling truths of humanity.

Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad “upland” region referenced in the record’s title, provided depth and detail for Fulks’s songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience. This sort of complexity is displayed in “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals,” an intimate folk song from the perspective of a man who has let life’s possibilities pass him by, and in “Never Come Home,” in which a sick man returns to spend his last days among an unwelcoming clan of pious, hard-bitten East Tennesseans.

Available from Bloodshot Records April 1 (pre-order is up now).

 

Record Highlight — DJ Vague

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Image of Dj Vague - Restoring Nature 12" (released 04/05/16) (limited 200)

Available for pre-order now (released 04/05/2016):  DJ Vague – Restoring Nature.  Drones created by Government Engineers, financed by the elite, built to keep the people in line ultimately rebel against their makers. A battle raged for decades until the drones decided to strike a deal with their once great overlords. The deal would allow the drones to continue to help with the enslavement of the lower rankings of mankind. In return, once the last of the elite left the planet to their new home, the Drones would begin to terraform the planet back to its original form of chaotic nature, ridding the planet of humans, technology and AI of any kind. Thus, Restoring Nature.  There is another deal happening… one kept hidden and in silence that will forever change the history of the ANARCHOSTAR.

 

Record Highlight — Darren Keen

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He's Not Real cover art

Darren Keen has been performing for over ten years under the monikers The Show is the Rainbow, Touch People, and now his given name. His new album, He’s Not Real, continues to explore Footwork, Juke, Bass, and African polyrhythms, merging these various forms with the ease of a master producer and lifelong dance-music aficionado. Minimal in execution but complex in it’s composition and forward motion, He’s Not Real functions as thrilling club music while sitting on the edge of the avant-garde’s recent fascination with rhythm and deep bass.  Available from Orange Milk Records.

 

Record Highlight — Old Head

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Pittsburgh’s Old Head returns March 19 at The Brillobox! Get there early for Terry & The Cops and Outsideinside.

Featuring Modey Lemon’s Phil Boyd and Jason Kirker, along with bassist Bill Wehman and Mike Layton, the band’s brand new self-titled release via Omentum Records is officially available at the show.

 

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Graphic (HD035) cover art

Austin-based darkwave metal trio Troller is proud to announce their second LP, Graphic (out 4.8.16 on HOLODECK). The music video for “Not Here,” the first single off of the new LP, premiered on FACT Magazine recently. Despite the underground success of the critically acclaimed 2012 self-titled debut, Graphic manages to eclipse the broad appeal of the first record’s addictively ominous pop anthems. Troller’s focus on layered composition and biting sound design has resulted in a highly developed work that embodies the band’s unique raw form while raising the benchmark on fidelity and experimentation. Graphic arrives perfectly unhinged and hideously sophisticated, reinterpreting familiar elements from their debut LP, and propelling the trio’s provocative sensibilities explicitly further.

Holodeck is excited to announce its official 2016 SXSW showcase, which will take place at Lucky Lounge in Austin on Friday, March 18th. The lineup features heavy-hitting Holodeck artists, including Troller, SSLEEPERHOLD, Dylan Cameron, Samantha Glass, and Bill Converse, as well as New Orleans synth duo ((PRESSURES)). The night will be headlined by Inhalt, a Bay Area-based darkwave band.