Cross your robot fingers if you hope to get a vinyl copy of Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories, which was released today: Many local stores are sold out, and the ones that aren't had only a handful of copies as of this afternoon.
"They're just selling really quickly," said a clerk at Rasp ... More >>
[Record Peddler is an occasional column by Sam Lefebvre on life and music as viewed from behind the counter of an independent record store.]
Record Store Day is an internationally recognized, annual event in which record labels release special titles, often in limited quantities, that are only avai ... More >>
If you're one of those music fans who actually buys recordings -- instead of, you know, downloading your entire library out of ignorance, stupidity, and/or laziness -- chances are you remember Tower Records, the iconic, Sacramento-based chain whose abandoned locations still haunt certain San Francis ... More >>
I loved, loved the Flaming Lips' Embryonic, and find The
Soft Bulletin to be a pretty magical cornucopia. Pretty big fan of 1995's
Clouds Taste Metallic as well. Yet I've never considered for even a second if
the Lips could be one of my Favorite Bands. They might've struck gold three-ish
times, but ... More >>
The list of limited edition releases being ushered out for Record Store Day 2012 considerably dwarfs those of previous years. This coming Saturday, April 21, independent music retailers will be the sole purveyors of a variety of goods arranged with (hopefully) meticulous preparation, and curatorial ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section:
DJ ShadowDJ Shadow's Store-Bought Inspiration: Two years ago, Josh Davis realized he had accumulated a whopping $800 of store credit for Amoeba Music. Davis had built up the bounty after managers at the chain of independent record stores insisted ... More >>
"Brainhdead" Dave Devereaux, 1970-2011"Braindead" Dave Devereaux, owner of Force of Habit Records in the Mission, a small but passionately run shop specializing in rare punk rock, vinyl, and collectible toys, passed away this month of an unknown cause. He was 41.
Devereaux passed away on Jul ... More >>
bye bye, BordersFor those of you who might still be holding onto those old Borders gift cards, go spend them. Now. Borders Group announced this afternoon that it will liquidate all 399 remaining stores around the nation after a potential deal to keep the bookstore open fell through. Perhaps ... More >>
The Mantles play a free show on FridayAnother weekend, another chance to party at a cathedral. Or, well, not crazy party party, but rather take in live music and short films in one of those only-in-San-Francisco spaces. EpiscoDisco's birthday celebration is only one option for breaking free of th ... More >>
Record Store Day, that annual record-buying rite of spring that will rock independent music sellers across the world, hits again this Saturday, April 17. The event is a two-fold celebration: it's a chance for bands to put out small-run, limited-addition releases ... More >>
In the old days of the music industry, label staff loaded up their station wagons with vinyl albums and promotional goodies, and set off on Odyssey -like road trips across America, stopping at every mom'n'pop retail shop along the way. The goal was to establish direct, personal relationships with re ... More >>
The Virgin megastore died? Drag.
The plaintive statements from city officials when the Virgin megastore announced it was closing shop seemed slightly un-San Francisco. Isn't this the city that hates big box stores with such a vengeance that they're blocked from taking root by anti-corporate ... More >>
Thirty-two years after opening shop in Noe Valley, Streetlight Records is closing its flagship store. The 24th St. music outlet is shuttering due to a combination of poor CD sales and rising rents. General manager Jeffrey Moss send out a statement today saying the remaining Streetlight stores in S ... More >>