Hello Lovers of Licorice Pizza-
RECORD STORE DAY: APRIL 20, 2013
It’s here! It’s here!! It’s here!!!
All three stores will open at 11 A.M. Saturday. The lines have grown each year and temperatures look like they'll be in the mid-50s, so plan accordingly. All the details are below. See you tomorrow!
RECORD STORE DAY SALE!!!
In addition to the numerous limited edition Record Store Day releases, we're also having a sale on pretty much everything else! Here's the sale breakdown:
Used CDs - 30% Off!
Everything Else (new CDs, new & used LPs, other accoutrement)* - 10% Off!
*Sale does NOT apply to RSD titles or already reduced price items and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.
RECORD STORE DAY PARKING!!!
Limited parking should be available along our building. There is also a parking lot at the park ½ block south of the store in addition to street parking in the neighborhood around us. Please avoid parking in the furniture store’s parking lot (bedroom suite buyers need space too).
If you can grab a metered spot on Sheridan, that’s what you should do. Otherwise there are lots all over the place that charge anywhere from $3 to $20 per day. If you’re going to a movie later Harkin’s has free parking just south of Reno. If you need to grab a bite at Texadelphia or a cuppa at Starbucks, they have free parking as well.
Everyone loves a parade, right? Once again the annual 89er Day Parade in Norman is happening at the same time we'll be opening up for RSD (11am, btw). Main St. WILL BE CLOSED from approx 7am until Noon. There are lots of alternative routes into downtown allowing you to park a block or two away. Parking north of the store (neighborhood North of Gray) will mean you don't have to run through Shriners in their mini cars to cross Main St.
RECORD STORE DAY MUSIC!!!
The bands are booked and confirmed. Here’s who you can plan on seeing:
36th & Western
2pm Kyle Reid
3pm John Calvin
8pm Skating Polly
9pm Depth & Current
Once again, in case you didn’t get it before, the spiel… The folks over at the international website HQ have put together a nice list of everything that is a special release for April 20. You can get it by finding it on the Record Store Day site or view the .pdf file by clicking here. Remember, just because it’s on the list, that doesn’t mean we are getting copies in the store. Rest assured though, we are trying to get multiple copies of nearly every piece. Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention: it’s all one day only, one each per customer, no holds, no internet or phone orders; if you try to get around any of those things you are likely to meet the surlier side of a Guestroom worker.
RECORD STORE DAY PRIZES!!!
This year we are adding some special door prizes! Three of the first 100 or so people at each store will have a special prize in their bags. If your bag has a specially painted LP you win a full month of unlimited employee discount on your purchases. A specially painted 7” entitles its owner to a $50 gift certificate, and one lucky person with a fancy cassette will receive a $25 gift certificate.
RECORD STORE DAY BEER!!!
This year we are excited to be working again with our friends at COOP Ale Works. They wanted to make sure you wouldn't be thirsty while listening to and shopping for your favorite music; to that end, we'll have several free kegs of their delicious brew waiting for you at each store (provided you have ID and are over 21)!
NORMAN MUSIC FEST
GUESTFEST: Friday, April 26 behind the Norman store:
3:00 PM : Loom
3:45 PM : Poolboy . web . genre: indie-punk/alternative
4:30 PM : The Pizza Thieves . web . genre: garage/alternative
5:15 PM : Gross Beast . web . genre: experimental/noise/krautrock
6:00 PM : Shutdown Shutouts . web . genre: garage/punk
6:45 PM : Power Pyramid . web . genre: shoegaze/indie
7:30 PM : TJ Mayes . youtube
8:30 PM : Marriage . web . genre: experimental/post-punk
9:30 PM : Lost Empires . web . genre: heavy/metal
SPECIAL THINGS TO SEE/HEAR
Sunday, April 21
Oklahoma City - Wovenhand @ Conservatory
Norman - Early Beat & Low Litas @ The Opolis
Tuesday, April 23
Oklahoma City - Allah-Las w/Elephant Stone & Lost Boys @ Conservatory
Wednesday, April 24
Norman - Black Mountain @ Opolis
Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27
NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL!!!
Anika – Anika CDEP (Stones Throw)
On the heels of her Geoff Barrow-produced debut album, Anika returns with this seductive self-titled EP. Her version of The Kinks’ lovelorn classic “I Go To Sleep” leads the EP, which also features brand new covers of songs by The Crystals (“He Hit Me”), Chromatics (“In The City”) and Shocking Blue (“Love Buzz”) as well as dub versions of previous singles “Yang Yang” and “No One’s There” by Bristol producer Ratman.
Art Brut – Top Of The Pops 2xCD (The End)
Double-disc ‘best-of.’ Disc One contains the best and most popular songs from their career in chronological order plus two brand new tracks. Disc Two contains rare songs that Freddy Feedback rescued from their vaults including live songs, covers, hard to acquire B-sides and unreleased demos.
Barn Owl – V CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
V is a whole new direction for this San Francisco duo as they augment their arsenal of guitars and effects with an array of electronics, vastly expanding the album's sounds and textures. "... a dream pairing of their deep listening drones and frostbitten synths.” - Self-Titled Magazine
Beatallica – Abbey Load CD (Oglio)
Beatallica return with a vengeance on their third full-length studio album, exploring the question, what would Abbey Road sound like if they were originally recorded by Metallica?
Blind Melon – Blind Melon/Sippin’ Time Sessions CD (Capitol)
Blind Melon's self-titled 1992 debut album, Blind Melon, featuring the now-iconic 'bee girl' on its cover, has been remastered for the first time and expanded with the band's previously unreleased Sippin' Time Sessions EP.
Born Ruffians – Birthmark CD/LP (Yep Roc/Sargent House)
The songs on Born Ruffians’ third LP, Birthmark, came out of a dusty living room in an old house, in between chopping wood and building bonfires, playing crokinole at the kitchen table, cooking family dinners and shooting beer cans with a bow and arrow. Built from demos recorded by Luke Lalonde over the course of three years at home, on tour, in Toronto, Montreal, Europe, Australia, anywhere and everywhere.
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane [40th Anniversary Edition] CD (EMI)
Digitally remastered 40th Anniversary edition of Bowie’s classic 1973 album.
The Boys – The Boys [Reissue/1977] 2xCD/LP+CD+MP3 (Fire)
The Boys – Alternative Chartbusters [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/LP+CD+MP3 (Fire)
35th Anniversary expanded reissues, each featuring a wealth of bonus material. “The Boys were perhaps punk's saddest casualty. They could -- indeed, should -- have been enormous. Certainly they were one of the finest live acts around, but still they were to languish in comparative obscurity, with even their continental success seemingly working against them. Even worse, when their debut album was reissued on CD, it arrived with a sticker on the front proclaiming the involvement of '80s AOR superstar John Waite -- a claim which has absolutely no grounding in reality.” – AllMusic
Cyanide Pills – Still Bored CD/LP (Damaged Goods)
A storming 17 track punk pop blast dealing with alienation, despair, politics and impotence. There's also a punk rock/geography/history lesson with “Johnny Thunders Lived In Leeds.”
Dead Can Dance – In Concert CD (PIAS)
Last year, Dead Can Dance embarked on a world tour behind Anastatis, their first album in 16 years. In Concert is a collection of live tracks taken from their massive trek. Vinyl version due April 30.
Dead Confederate – In The Marrow CD/LP (Spiderbomb)
“If Kurt Vile's new album inhabits the sunny side of the art-psych divide, then Dead Confederate's could be its evil twin. The Athens quintet favors claustrophobic, slow-burning numbers that are pregnant with tension and drama, as with the bittersweet organ-driven "Dead Poetry," which boasts what is perhaps the group's most indelible hook to date. The album's explosive and dynamic sweep, and frontman Hardy Morris' falsetto, recall Manchester Orchestra at times.” – Creative Loafing
Dust – Hard Attack/Dust [Reissue 1971/1972] CD (Sony Legacy)
Think the phrase "proto metal," and the usual suspects come to mind -- Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, etc. But only a select few have known that an obscure Brooklyn, New York-based band, Dust, was one of the first stateside bands to crank their amps up to ten and let it rip.
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) – The Low Highway CD/LP (New West)
The Low Highway features his live band and was co-produced by Earle and Ray Kennedy (whose production partnership known as the "Twangtrust" was behind Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels On A Gravel Road). Between the opening title track and the reflective closing of "Remember Me," The Low Highway is very much Steve Earle's road record, and one that has seen many miles. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes a bonus DVD featuring four performances from Austin City Limits, a mini-documentary on the making of the album, a music video for "Invisible," and 24bit/96khz audio of the album.
Fallout Boy – Save Rock And Roll CD/2xLP (Universal Republic)
They've taken a three-year hiatus, but now Fall Out Boy is back with a newer, harder sound. Guests include 2 Chainz, Courtney Love, and Sir Elton John.
Flaming Lips – The Terror CD/2xLP (WB)
The Terror was produced by the band s long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and The Flaming Lips at Tarbox Road Studios. It is comprised of nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works, along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect but then again, maybe not.
Ghost B.C. – Infestissumam CD/LP (Loma Vista)
“The music currently being made by Ghost B.C. is not metal. It borrows heavily from the imagery of metal (specifically occult Satanism) and once in a while throws in a guitar tone that you might also find on a King Diamond record (or a Ke$ha record, or a Meat Loaf record), but what you’re hearing here is retro-psychedelia, prog-based pop, Broadway rock. It’s not metal!” -- Stereogum
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge –Twelve Reasons To Die CD/2xCD/LP (Soul Temple)
Twelve Reasons To Die is a concept album based on a comic book of the same name. The album was entirely produced and composed by Adrian Younge, and executive produced by RZA. Available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. Deluxe edition includes a bonus CD containing the instrumental version of the album.
Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost CD/LP+CD (Nonesuch)
For Ghost On Ghost, Sam Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says. “As eerie Americana has given way to widescreen folk-rock, Ghost On Ghost finds Iron & Wine backed by Bob Dylan's musicians and drawing softly but deeply on a well of American traditionalism stretching from Simon & Garfunkel to The Beach Boys, with unlikely funk and jazz embellishments along the way.” – The Guardian
Leatherette – Leatherette CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Drawing on Bangalter-inflected house but giving it a rumble and wing, Letherette make infectious, beat-driven music which is as fun and un-self-conscious as it is clever and technically cutting edge.
Life Coach – Alphawaves CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Life Coach is a new collaborative project featuring Phil Manley (Trans Am), Jon Theodore (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mars Volta), Isaiah Mitchell (Golden Void), and Michael Elrod (Date Palms).
Locust – You’ll Be Safe Forever CD/LP (Editions Mego)
First album in 12 years from Mark Van Hoen (original member of Seefeel). Showcases prime examples of his compulsively hypnotic beats and abstracted pop vocals.
Major Lazer – Free The Universe CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
New album from the Diplo-fronted Jamaican music homage features a star studded cast, including: Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Peaches, Wyclef Jean, Bruno Mars, Tyga, as well as Amber of Dirty Projectors and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, and more.
Meat Puppets – Rat Farm CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Curt Kirkwood, the band's singer/guitarist and primary songwriter, described the album as "real blown-up folk music". He elaborated: "I tried to write stuff that would stand on its own - just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight... I think that was the guiding boundary that I gave myself. It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, [bassist Cris Kirkwood] would go, `Well, that's all there is? Let's put a Prog Rock part in the middle.' But I tried to hold it off as much as I could."
Merzbow - Takahe Collage CD (Handmade Birds)
A dynamic bouquet of densely crafted sonic structures and a soaring achievement for experimental music.
Willie Nelson And Family – Let’s Face The Music And Dance CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Turning 80, Nelson drops a new album featuring American standards and country classics by Irving Berlin, Carl Perkins, and Django Reinhart, as well as Willie-penned originals. The result is a beautiful, cohesive set songs about love and reflection in Willie's inimitable style.
Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
“The son of R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis spent his childhood soaking up soul, blues and rock influences. His greatest achievement remains 1974's often-sampled psychedelic soul masterpiece Inspiration Information, here repackaged with an extra disc of pieces recorded since then, which show his abilities undiminished by age.” – independent.co.uk
Terra Melos – X’ed Out CD/LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
X'ed Out is the culmination of an arc begun on Tera Melos' first proper full-length, Patagonian Rats (2010) -- a supercollider of ‘60s pop hooks, Minutemen garage-prog, post-punk evisceration, wiry psychedelia and nearly everything else in-between.
The Thermals – Desperate Ground CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
“Portland trio the Thermals have been cranking out urgent, strident, catchy-as-all-hell pogo-punk anthems for more than a decade now, and recent jams like “Born To Kill” and “The Sunset” show absolutely no signs that they’re showing down.” – Stereogum
Various Artists - Acid: Mysterons Invade The Jackin Zone: Chicago House 1986-93 2xCD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Heavyweight legendary acid house music figureheads such as Larry Heard, DJ Pierre, Spanky, Marshall Jefferson, K-Alexi, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, and more all feature in Soul Jazz Records' new highly stylized album compilation of Chicago acid and experimental house music from 1986-1993. Includes graphic novel. Vinyl edition sold as two separate double-LP volumes.
Various Artists – Arts & Crafts 2003-2013 2xCD (Arts & Crafts)
This deluxe package curated from a decade of releases includes some of the label’s most recognizable songs, as well as never-before-heard rarities from Broken Social Scene, Zeus,
The Stills, Feist, Apostle Of Hustle, Amy Millan, The Most Serene Republic, Jason Collett,
New Buffalo, Feist, Timber Timbre, Dan Mangan, Stars, Los Campesinos!, and more.
Various Artists – Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake CD (Story Sound)
Nick Drake's original producer, Joe Boyd, put together a series of concerts in the UK, Australia and Italy to celebrate Nick's greatness as a songwriter. The concerts are called Way To Blue and they have involved singers as diverse as Teddy Thompson, Green Gartside (from Scritti Politti), Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan and Lisa Hannigan, as well as bass master Danny Thompson (who played on Nick's records), and the arrangements of Robert Kirby. These recordings are the edited highlights of concerts in New York and London.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito CD (Interscope)
After being out of the game for four years, NYC gang Yeah Yeah Yeahs have returned with their fourth LP, Mosquito. The New Yorkers have teamed up with a myriad of collaborators on their latest output, ranging from Dr Octagon, James Murphy, Dave Sitek and Nick Launay and with these varied contributors comes a veritable buffet of audio morsels. The album has been labeled as YYYs “soul’ record however there are also touches on roots reggae and flashes of abstract electronica. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks.
DVD + Blu-ray:
Snoop Lion – Reincarnated DVD (Vice Films)
Reincarnated traces the life and career of hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, as he embarks on a journey of reincarnation of self that is equal parts career reinvention and spiritual reawakening. The close-up documentary, directed by Andy Capper, seamlessly showcases his journey and controversial transformation from hip-hop star to reggae singer while he was recording his forthcoming album Reincarnated (which is due April 23). 120 minutes.
Avett Brothers – I And Love And You [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (American)
Back in print on vinyl!
Bardo Pond – Ticket Crystals [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Fire)
Vinyl reissue of 2006 album from Philadelphia's foremost purveyors of psychedelic space rock. Exemplifies the quintet's signature doom tempo, multi-layered drones while introducing a lighter pastoral feel. Double-LP with band new artwork.
Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride  LP (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Black Label Society – Mafia  2xLP (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
BLS’s fourth and sixth albums are now available on vinyl.
Klaus Dinger - Japandorf LP (Groenland)
Although Neu! multi-intrumentalist and onetime Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger passed away in 2008, some of his unreleased late-career work has been slowing seeing the light of day. This is the final installment in a trilogy of unheard album-length excursions helmed by Dinger — who's also made albums as La Düsseldorf — backed by a cast of Japanese experimental musicians.
Fuzz – Sleigh Ride 7” (In The Red)
Fuzz more than lives up to their name with a a sludgy, heavy, psyched-out proto-metal sound that is steeped in shredding fuzztone guitar. Comparisons to Blue Cheer, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Black Sabbath have been made and are not far off the mark.
Xander Harris – New Dark Age Of Love LP (Not Not Fun)
From the first shimmering hovercraft tones that kick off album opener "Night Fortress," the growth is glaring; gone is the slasher camp and horror tropes of Urban Gothic, replaced by sleek, streamlined post-industrial cold-wave dystopias.
Kings Of Leon – Youth And Young Manhood [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Kings Of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
KOL’s first three albums are back in print on HQ-180 gatefold vinyl.
Kings Of Leon – Rarely LP (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl-only collection featuring rarities, live tracks and B-Sides from the King's Of Leon's first three albums, hand-picked by the band.
Steve Martin/Edie Brickell – Love Has Come For You LP (Rounder)
Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, for both artists. Love Has Come For You features 13 eloquently rootsy Martin/Brickell compositions that combine the former's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with the latter's heart-tugging vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Guests include Esperanza Spalding, Waddy Wachtel, Nickel Creek alumni Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, as well as the Steep Canyon Rangers. CD version due April 23.
The Replacements – Songs For Slim LP+MP3 (New West)
Songs For Slim is a fundraiser for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap's medical costs. Members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited and recorded an original Slim Dunlap song plus three additional covers. Original Replacements drummer Chris Mars also recorded a Slim cover and all five tracks were combined on this vinyl-only EP.
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin LP (Castle Face)
"These songs occur in the mindset of a world that's perpetually war-ridden. Overall, it's pretty dark, and much heavier than our other albums" -- John Dwyer. CD version due April 23.
The Urinals – The Urinals [Reissue/1978] 7” (Superior Viaduct)
The Urinals – Another EP [Reissue/1979] 7” (Superior Viaduct)
The Urinals – Sex b/w Go Away Girl [Reissue/1980] 7” (Superior Viaduct)
Hailing from the late-’70s underground of Los Angeles, The Urinals were often called “the American Wire” for their graceful tension, wild energy and trademark brevity.
Various Artists – The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver 2xLP (ATO)
Tribute album covers of Denver's most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many others. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in Denver's name. Free tote bag with purchase – while supplies last!
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