Ian's Record Store Day 2017 Picks!
We're leading up to Record Store Day 2017 (April 22nd) with wish lists from the Easy Street staff! Today's list comes from our social media & marketing specialist, Ian Bremner!
Kevin Morby - Beautiful Strangers - 7"
"This release is dedicated to and written for all the people I have never met but have only read about. The innocent people who were out living their lives and one day, without warning, had them taken away from them. People who liked to laugh, dance, and love in the way that we all do, but can't anymore. All those names and faces, all those beautiful strangers... So here are two songs, 'Beautiful Strangers' as well as my cover of Townes Van Zandt's 'No Place To Fall' that I have been closing my live show with over the past year. Any purchase of these two songs will go to support the work of Everytown For Gun Safety - an organization I have followed for quite some time. I believe in and support them in their efforts to make the world a safer place. Do it for the kids." Love and peace, Kevin Morby
Patti Smith - Hey Joe - 7"
Patti Smith's debut single, "Hey Joe" was released in 1974. Her version of this well-known American popular song is based on the recording by blues guitarist Roy Buchanan, but obviously Smith's rendition is unique and includes also a salacious and brief monologue as well as featuring Tom Verlaine from Television on guitar. The B-side "Piss Factory" was an original composition that placed on the 1989 "1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made" list. "Hey Joe" was reissued in the UK in 2012 as part of a Sire series, but this is the first time since the 1970s that the original picture sleeve has been reproduced. (Limited worldwide release of 4500.)
Various Artists - Like Nashville in Naija: Nigeria's Romance with Country Music Yesterday & Today - 2xLP
Country music is big in Africa. Yes, we realize how absurd that probably sounds to most ears, but it’s really true: American country & western records have been tremendously popular and deeply beloved across the continent for almost a century. The people of the West African nation of Nigeria have long been not only voracious consumers of country music, but fairly enthusiastic performers of it as well. Cowboy songs have remained a consistent part of most bands’ live repertoire, but relatively few artists have dedicated themselves to actually recording country music. They did exist, though; mostly in the 1970s and '80s, but they were rarely heard outside the country, and in the intervening years, most of their output has fallen through the cracks of posterity, forgotten even by ardent music fans at home. Until now. Like Nashville in Naija: Nigeria’s Romance with Country Music, Yesterday and Today collects some of the best country recordings as a loving tribute to Nigeria’s cowboy troubadours of yore.
Ken Kesey - Acid Test - 12" LP
Originally released in 1966 in a pressing of less than 500, this live-in-the-studio recording was intended to recreate the live acid test shows for listeners. The Grateful Dead and Ken Babb were in attendance at the recording, and this new release will have liner notes by Babb.
Miley Cyrus - Bangerz - 2xLP
Double hot pink vinyl set of Bangerz!
Mayer Hawthorne - Party of One - 12" EP
The first physical release of Mayer's 2016 digital EP, pressed on luminescent aquamarine vinyl.