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A mind-blowing selection of rare music coming on Saturday

By Mark C. Brown Apr 19, 2012 10:44AM

Record Store Day We told you it was coming, and now it's almost here. Record Store Day is now in its fifth year, and its simple genius has been effective: For one day, sell music unavailable elsewhere only through independent record stores, bringing back the tradition that many music fans grew up with. Many retailers find this to be their best day of the year, and many fans are exposed to music and a shopping experience they'd never had before. Win-wins don't get any better than that.


This year's selection is nearly overwhelming, with music from artists as diverse as Arcade Fire, Buddy Guy, Coldplay, Social Distortion, 311, Esperanza Spalding and dozens more. You can see the full listing here, but we've picked 10 must-have releases. Remember, most of these are limited; if you want them, use the handy record store finder and make sure you get down there at opening time. Here are our picks as the best RSD releases of 2012.


The Knack1. The Knack, “Live in Los Angeles 1978”: Just look at that. Just look. Ten-inch splattered-colored vinyl, two live cuts from The Troubadour you’ve never heard before (including, of course, “My Sharona”) and two rehearsal takes of more songs you’ve also never heard before. It sounds as gorgeous as it looks, and every available copy has already been reserved by record stores. If you can’t score this, you’ve got some comfort – a CD of the entire live show is on tap for wider distribution in May. But the two rehearsal songs - "Romeo Eyes" and "Art War" - are available only here.

Flaming Lips2. The Flaming Lips, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends”: The question has to be asked: Is Wayne Coyne making new music these days because of the music or because he likes to make videos filled with naked women? Be careful, that link is very NSFW. Regardless, one of the most anticipated releases is the “Heady Fwends” two-LP set, featuring collaborations with Chris Martin, Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono and New Fumes.

Buck Owens3. Buck Owens Coloring Book: No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Omnivore Records (the same people who did the Knack release) found a cache of Buck’s coloring books from 1970, and somehow found a pressing plant still able to make flexi-discs in 2012 (look it up, kids – these things used to come free inside magazines and on cereal boxes). It has four songs from a long out-of-print Owens live album (including "Act Naturally"), which will also get a proper, longer release later this year. That's the flexi-disc you see on Buck's chest, along with a digital-download card so you can take the songs anywhere. An amazing, authentic blast from the past.

Clash4. The Clash, “London Calling 2012”: Yeah, the new remix on the A side of this 7-inch single will be cool to hear, but purists will immediately go to the B side, which features a straight-up instrumental version of the Clash classic.

Ryan Adams5. Ryan Adams, “Heartbreak a Stranger”/”Black Sheets of Rain”: Ryan Adams doing live versions of Bob Mould classics, taken from a tribute show in Los Angeles last November. Does anything more need to be said?

Mynah Birds6. Mynah Birds, “It’s My Time”/”Go on and Cry”: Yes, a 7-inch vinyl single from the early Canadian R&B band that featured Neil Young and Rick James. Neil took Bruce Palmer away and formed Buffalo Springfield; Rick James became Rick James.

Bowie7. David Bowie, “Starman”: You get the original version of this Bowie classic, along with a “Top of the Pops” performance of the same song, both on a picture disc in a limited, numbered release.  Team that up with Jimmy Fallon’s “Tebowie” Tim Tebow/David Bowie tribute (another exclusive 7-inch release) and it’s a double-Bowie score.
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Foster the People8. Foster the People, “Broken Jaw”/”Ruby”: A couple of outtakes that didn’t make the “Torches” album, it has been available only as a bonus iTunes download. Now you analog fanatics can get a vinyl 7-inch pressing.

Miles Davis9. Miles Davis, “Forever Miles”: A solid LP pressing of a classic album that features an unreleased song, “Directions,” recorded at the Fillmore East in 1970. Davis’ vast archives deserve far more releases than a single track at a time.

Springsteen10. Bruce Springsteen, “Rocky Ground”: The song from his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” is already available on the vinyl release of that album. What hardcore fans are truly going to want is the B side – a live version of “The Promise” taken from a private performance around the time Springsteen released the vintage song with his remastered "Darkness on the Edge of Town" box set.
 

The recently released 40th anniversary super deluxe edition is the definitive version of the classic album

By MSN Music Partners Apr 9, 2014 8:30AM

MSN Music is teaming up with Universal Music Group to give away a copy of the lavish anniversary update of Elton John’s classic 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" autographed by Sir Elton himself.  


To win this one-of-a-kind package visit our Facebook page and share the post announcing this contest with your friends. After you share the post, let us know by contacting us at msnmusicfans@microsoft.com. The lucky winner will be notified via e-mail, and we'll arrange shipment of the autographed super deluxe edition "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" set. Submissions need to be made on or before midnight PT Monday, April 14.


This five-disc expanded edition includes a remastered version of the original double album plus a CD featuring new recordings of key tracks by contemporary artists picked by Sir Elton including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy with additional album tracks and B-Sides.  Also included is the complete "Live at Hammersmith 1973" concert on two CDs plus a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things.”


A 100-page illustrated hardback book featuring photos, memorabilia and new interviews with Sir Elton and longtime lyricist Taupin completes the package.


Elton John was already a Top 10 artist in the U.S. and U.K. when he, Taupin and Elton’s band began recording "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but the project marked heightened ambitions underscored by its original release as a two-LP double set. 


This year finds Sir Elton back in the headlines with a headlining performance at this June’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., a critically acclaimed 2013 album, "The Diving Board," and plans to renew his wedding vows with partner David Furnish next month.


RELATED: Writing Elton John's 'The Diving Board'


Check out the video and links below to learn more the new versions of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."


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Rocker drops the news in chat with fans

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:35PM

By Miriam Coleman
Rolling Stone

 

Jack White  has a new album in the works, and it looks like it could be coming out soon. In a recent chat with fans on the message board of his label, Third Man Records, White dropped the news: "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," he said. "One of them is mine."

 

The two stars, who'd recently recorded a tribute to the Everly Brothers, honor the fallen legend

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:21PM

Rolling Stone

 

A day after the passing of Everly Brothers' Phil Everly, artists influenced by his incredible body of work have started to honor the vocal legend. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, who this past November released "Foreverly," an album-length Everly tribute, passed along their thoughts about the death of the sweet-voiced singer, who died on January 3rd due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

Rockers will play pre-game set and during intermission

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 11:28AM

Rolling Stone

 

Kiss are set to command a new venue: Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game.

The "Detroit Rock City" shredders will bring their face-painted theatrics to Dodger Stadium on January 25th as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The band will perform before the game and during the first intermission. The match pits the LA Kings against the Anaheim Ducks and will air live on NBC Sports.  Other musical performers in the series will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

The record sits atop L.A.'s Forum, spins at 17 miles per hour and covers 5.7 acres

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 10:29AM

 

By Kory Grow
Rolling Stone

 

The marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has created what they're calling the "world's largest record," a recreation of the Eagles' 16-times platinum 1977 album "Hotel California," to accompany the reopening of the Los Angeles venue the Forum and the SoCal rockers' six-concert residency. The band will be playing the venue on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

 

A close-up look at the biggest explosion in rock & roll history

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:13PM

Rolling Stone

 

Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed in the U.S., generating the biggest explosion rock & roll has ever seen. In the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, January 3rd), contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines just how the Fab Four arrived in the States facing media disdain and a clueless record label in the wake of the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy — and still managed to conquer America. 

 

On February 9th, 1964, Ed Sullivan famously intoned, "Tonight, the whole country is waiting to hear England's Beatles." Eight months later, the band had landed 28 records in Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (11 in the Top 10), seen 10 albums released worldwide and been introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan. But the band's voyage from Liverpool to New York City in '64 was filled with far more apprehension and stress than relaxation and glee.

 

His new album will stream on CBS's website on Jan. 5

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:00PM

By Andy Greene
Rolling Stone

 

A little over a week after Amazon accidentally sold Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album "High Hopes" on their mobile site, CBS will offer a complete stream of the LP on their official website. It's part of a promotional tie-in with the legal drama "The Good Wife," which will incorporate the new tracks "High Hopes," "Hunter of Invisible Game" and a rerecorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad" into a January 12th episode. They will begin hosting the stream at 7 p.m. on January 5th, shortly before a preview runs for the episode with the Springsteen music.

 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill Virgina location won't allow firearms

By MSN Music Partners Dec 31, 2013 2:12PM

WENN

 

Gun-toting fans of singer Toby Keith's fans in Virginia are taking aim at the country star over a no-weapons policy at a restaurant he owns in the state.