INFROGMATION OF NEW ORLEANS
Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street.
Record Store Day has grown from an annual "support your local record store" rally to another avenue for the obsolete "industry" to cash in on the vinyl trend. Nevertheless, independent record stores around the U.S. celebrate with day-long events, contests, giveaways and other offline incentives around the altar of "exclusive releases" for audiophile treasure troves. (Here's the complete list
of Record Store Day releases; I'm interested in Miracle Legion's Portrait Of A Damaged Family
and The Feelies' Uncovered
Among the New Orleans-y releases this weekend: Rhino is releasing Allen Toussaint
's Live in Philadelphia
, a live recording from 1975 pressed on 180 gram vinyl from Rhino. Soul Jazz Records will release its New Orleans Funk Collectors 7" box set, another installment of its vital collections of rare funk, R&B and soul foundations by New Orleans artists. The set include five remastered singles from The Explosions, Professor Longhair, Chuck Carbo, Inell Yong
. (Also, a previously unreleased Professor Longhair live album, Live in Chicago
, was released this week on Orleans Records. The album captures Fess performing seven songs at the Chicago Folk Festival in 1976.) And New Orleans punk band PEARS
also releases a New Orleans-exclusive 7" (details on that below).
Here's a look at what several New Orleans record stores (and a hotel) are doing:
Ace Hotel New Orleans
At 6 p.m., the hotel hosts the "Music For Intention & Growth: A Purpose-Driven Sound Series" listening party featuring tape releases from Twin Springs Tapes offering “stimulating sounds to aide in your experience of being.” The cassette-only releases feature compositions using Moog's Mother 32 synthesizer from artists Inner Travels, Kyle Landstra
. Tapes are free and available while supplies last.
637 S. Pierce St.
The Mid-City shop won't stock any official Record Store Day releases, but it offers 20 percent off all purchases on Saturday and Sunday, and all purchases come with a ticket good for one glass and 20 percent off at 504 Craft Beer Reserve (3939 Tulane Ave.).
3301 Chartres St.
The shop opens at 10 a.m., and there's music from Charlie Halloran and the Quality of Unknown Numbers
(2 p.m.), Helen Gillet
, Algiers children's choir the Confetti Park Players
(4 p.m.), shoegaze-y dream pop band Natural Blonde
(5 p.m.) and garage rock 'n' rollers The O-Pines
(6 p.m.). Free food and beer while supplies last. Also, on Sunday, April 17, the shop celebrates the life of Johnny Thunders
on the 25th anniversary of his death (in New Orleans, in room 37 at the St. Peter Guest House). The shop hosts performances from Sneaky Pete & the Fens, Carlo Ditta, Chicken Snake, Dayna Kurtz, Brad Orgeron, Lonely Lonely Knights
Louisiana Music Factory
421 Frenchmen St.
The shop opens at 11 a.m., and there's free music from Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz outfit Vivaz
at 2 p.m., followed by New Orleans jazz guitar legend Warren Battiste
at 3 p.m. and Afro-funk band Junko Beat
at 4 p.m.
1037 Broadway St.
In addition to its Record Store Day releases this Saturday, the store celebrates 4/20 and its 46th anniversary next week (April 18-20) with $4.20 off all records.
NOLA Mix Records New Orleans
1522 Magazine St.
The new shop's first-ever Record Store Day kicks off at 11 a.m. with DJ Precious Cargo, DJ Rerun, Tony Skratchere, DJ Junkyard Dog, DJ Naheeba
and snoball-loving New Orleans MC Slangston Hughes
. Free beer while supplies last, and Wings 2 Geaux food truck will park in front of the shop.
4318 Magazine St.
The shop recently relocated from the French Quarter to Magazine Street near Napoleon Avenue. The shop opens at 9 a.m., and there's PBR and Not Your Father's Root Beer, giveaways from Skullcandy and concert tickets from Winter Circle Productions, and contests for autographed memorabilia.
Sisters in Christ
5206 Magazine St.
This shop also recently relocated Uptown, moving from inside Gasa Gasa on Freret Street into a bigger space (with a couch and a rug) shared with Mae's Guitars and Rank & File Books on Magazine Street. New Orleans punk band PEARS
will release a limited 7" single, exclusive to the shop, featuring a song called... "Sisters in Christ." The B-side is the original
, from former New Orleans songwriter Mike Patton (not that one) and his Nashville-based pop-punk band Vista Blue
. Skully'z Recordz
907 Bourbon St.
The French Quarter shop opens at 9 a.m. There also are concert ticket contests for upcoming House of Blues shows (The Darkness, Peter Murphy, The Arcs, Apocalyptica and Steel Panther).
Disko Obscura (1113 St Mary St.) and Domino Sound Record Shack (2557 Bayou Road) don't have any particular Record Store Day plans.