February 11, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RECORD STORE DAY ANNOUNCES 2015 AMBASSADOR:
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 18 IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MUSIC HOLIDAY
The party in 2015 will once again cement Record Store Day’s legacy as the music industry’s biggest holiday, celebrating the culture of the independent record store worldwide on Saturday, April 18th.
More than ever, this year’s choice for the event’s emissary pulls together the ethos and attitude of Record Store Day for artists and fans, alike. He is a legend whether at the mic with a guitar, behind a drum kit or in the director’s chair for a documentary feature film or HBO series. He’s won 15 Grammys and sold tens of millions of records—25+ million of them with his band that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year—but more than anything he is a music lover and fan...
His name is Dave Grohl, and Record Store Day is damn proud to have him as its 2015 Ambassador. And Ambassador Grohl has something to say about record stores:
“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.
1975's K-Tel's Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.
More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rediscover this sense of excitement, that magical feeling of finding something all one’s own, by watching my kids go through it. Watching them realize how crucial and intertwined every part of this experience is, I relive the magic of my earliest experiences with vinyl singles and albums, their artwork, liners notes etc. all over again and again.
I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”
Adds Michael Kurtz, Co-founder, Record Store Day, “It’s such a buzz to have Dave be our Ambassador this year and to have him put out a record in honor of Record Store Day. He’s one of those rare artists that dives into local communities and wallows in our charms and eccentricities. Yeah, we’re a little weird but we like it like that and apparently Dave does too. We couldn’t be happier.” Find the full statement from Dave Grohl, along with his special Record Store Day video at www.recordstoreday.com
Ambassador Grohl and his bandmates in Foo Fighters will also be participating in Record Store Day by releasing SONGS FROM THE LAUNDRY ROOM , a 10” four-track EP featuring previously unreleased demos, covers and songs. The Official List of Record Store Day Releases will be announced at a press conference at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 10th.
Store clerks ask, "May I help you, sir?" all the time but it's not every day that they get to ask, "May I help you, Sir Elton John?"
That's what happened in downtown Vancouver on Thursday when the British music legend strolled into a record shop and dropped a couple hundred dollars on vinyl.
"I came in from the back and there was Elton John standing there with his two bodyguards, digging through records," said Beat Street Records manager Lindsay Tomchyshen.
The bodyguards weren't the type to get mistaken for tiny dancers.
"They were big guys," Tomchyshen said.
John signed a copy of his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road before he left the store. (Beat Street Records)
So, what did the artist known for hits like Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets want to buy?
"He asked my boss if we had any Tech N9ne, like, the gangster rapper and I was not expecting that," Tomchyshen laughed, referring to the Kansas City-based artist.
Unfortunately, Beat Street was sold out of Tech N9ne, so John settled for a stack of albums from the 1980s British pop band Scritti Politti instead.
Tomchyshen said John was polite, posed for some pictures and signed a copy of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road .
Then he was gone, kind of like a candle in the wind.
John, who will be 70 later this month, plays two shows in Victoria this weekend before continuing his world tour, which is set to wrap up in December.
17.11.70+ Track List
A1 “Take Me To The Pilot”
A2 “Honky Tonk Women”
A3 “Sixty Years On”
A4 “Can’t Put You On”
B1 “Bad Side Of The Moon”
B2 “Burn Down The Mission” (Incl. “My Baby Left Me” / “Get Back”)
C1 “Indian Sunset”
C2 “Amoreena” (Newly remixed bonus track)
C3 “Your Song” *D1 “Country Comfort”
D2 “I Need You To Turn To”
D3 “Border Song”
D4 “My Father’s Gun”
Rare or new releases by musical giants including Patti Smith, David Bowie and The Doors will come out next month for Record Store Day, the growing celebration of vinyl's resurgence.
The latest Record Store Day will take place on April 16 and feature more than 300 special releases in the US market.