Vanguard Records Vinyl Reissues for Record Store Day 2012

As has become tradition, back in June of 2011 Vanguard Records and Record Store Day asked fans to vote for the five classic Vanguard titles to be reissued on Record Store Day 2012. You voted, and here’s what’s in store for this year. These five titles are limited in quantity and available EXCLUSIVELY at participating independently owned record stores on Record Store Day 2012. And if the past two years are any indication, these LPs will be gone in hours, if not minutes, so plan ahead and happy hunting!

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School Of Seven Bells To Release Record Store Day 7″

School Of Seven Bells Record Store Day

Here’s another one of our favorite releases for Record Store Day.  You might want to go get in line outside your local participating record store now!

School of Seven Bells will be releasing an exclusive 7” for Record Store Day on April 21! The new 7″ will feature the band’s unique take on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Kiss Them For Me,” as well as an unreleased SVIIB studio track called “When She Was Me.” These limited-edition tracks (only 1,000 7” singles will be pressed) will be available digitally on April 24 as well.

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‘Smugglers Way’ Exclusive Flexi Book for Record Store Day (Domino, 2012)

Let’s revisit some of the cool projects that Sound Perfromance worked on for Record Store Day as it’s only a few days away on April 21st.

Smugglers Way is Domino and Ribbon’s first ever limited edition zine featuring FIVE individual, multi-colored flexi discs of EXCLUSIVE, UNRELEASED songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers. Smugglers Way will be sold exclusively at indie retail for Record Store Day, April 21st 2012.

Art by Alison Mosshart (The Kills)

The zine comprises 24 pages of original art and prose from Domino and Ribbon artists. Highlights include a short story penned by James Yorkston; a long form poem by Laura Marling; short form pieces by Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic), and Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts); illustrations from Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Andrea Estella (Twin Sister), Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Jon Hopkins; photography from Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), and an original arranged score of music by Owen Pallett. Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the cover and Rob Carmichael at SEEN is responsible for the art direction and layout.

Flexi Disc Tracklist:

Dirty Projectors – “You Against The Larger World”

Real Estate – “In My Car”

Cass McCombs – “Teachers”

John Maus – “No Title (Molly)

Villagers – “Shards”

Smugglers Way back cover illustrated by Conor O’Brien (Villagers)

Smugglers Way is a limited, one of a kind item, conceived and designed exclusively for Record Store Day (April 21st, 2012).  We couldn’t be more proud of the collection, and we hope you find Smugglers Way as exciting to read and listen to as it was for us to put together.

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Lower Dens – Nootropics (Limited Edition Colored Vinyl)

Lower Dens - Nootropics

Nootropics (pronounced No-eh-tro-pics) is the second album from Lower Dens. It’s an ambitious work, and it delivers — heavily metaphorical, the symmetries and concordances of the lyrics run deep; the luminous lines of the music converge at a point in a future just out of view. Lower Dens has made music that reconciles fear and uncertainty by freeze-framing it and turning it into a thing of beauty.
Nootropics was engineered in Benton Harbor, MI at Key Club Recording with producer Drew Brown [whose engineering credits include Radiohead, Sandro Perri, Beck, and Blonde Redhead] and completed in Baltimore, MD.

Limited Edition gold colored double LP with black swirl. 350 only.

  • Disc 01

  • Side A
    01. Alphabet Song
  • 02. Brains
  • 03. Stem
  • Side B
    04. Propagation
  • 05. Lamb
  • 06. Candy
  • Disc 02

  • Side C
    07. Lion in Winter Pt. 1
  • 08. Lion in Winter Pt. 2
  • 09. Nova Anthem
  • Side D
    10. In the End is the Beginning
See Lower Dens on tour in the US:
04-27 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
04-28 Hamden, CT – The Outer Space
04-29 Boston, MA – Great Scott
05-01 New York, NY- Mercury Lounge SOLD OUT
05-02 Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands SOLD OUT
05-03 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
05-04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
05-05 Baltimore, MD- Ottobar
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Marilyn Manson – Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl, 2012)

Marilyn Manson - Born Villain cover

Today is Friday the 13th, what better day to welcome back Marilyn Manson who will release his new album Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl) in the US on May 1st.  This is Manson’s first recording since 2009’s The High End Of Low and features a guest appearance from Johnny Depp on a cover of Carly Simon’s classic ‘”You’re so Vain.”  His US tour starts on April 27th in Providence, RI.

Track Listing:

Hey Cruel World

No Reflection (first single)

Pistol Whipped

Overneath The Path Of Misery


The Gardener

The Flowers Of Evil

Children Of Cain


Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms

Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day

Born Villain

Breaking The Same Old Ground

You’re So Vain (Bonus Track Featuring Johnny Depp)


Marilyn Manson: Vocals, Guitar

Twiggy: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Chris Vrenna: Keyboards, Synthesiszers, Programming, Percussion

Fred Sablan: Bass, Guitar

Sason Sutter: Drums on “You’re So Vain”

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Coachella 2012

Who’s going to Coachella this weekend?  Be sure to look for Sound Performance’s own Catherine St. John who will be among the throngs.  How hard can it be to find her?  Have fun everyone!

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Who’s Ready For Record Store Day?

Now that we’ve posted all of the cool records that Sound Performance had a hand in making for Record Store Day, it’s time to get ready to go buy some.  Make sure you know which local stores are participating and reemmber that not all records will be available at all stores.  If you have any questions it’s always a good idea to call ahead and ask, but don’t wait until April 21st to call.

Let’s make EVERY day Record Store Day!

You can search for participating stores at the Record Store Day site below:


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