Saturday, April 26, 2014

Record Store Day with The Fuzz Kings and Joe Nolan Apr.19th 2014

On Saturday April 19th was one of my favorite days of the year (my Xmas), yes, the third Saturday of April every year, and this year was the seventh installment of Record Store Day. A day of celebrating independent record shops, with special limited edition releases by many bands and local shops having sales and hosting live performances by bands.

In Edmonton here, my day started by lining up at Permanent Records to see what this shop got in for the special day. I did alright here, scoring the following records.

* Allman Brothers Band - Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992
* Green Day - Demolicious
* Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey (limited edition 2,000 copies grey vinyl)
* James Brown - Food For Thought (limited edition 1,000 copies)
* Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP
* Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News (non RSD release)
* Bob Dylan & The Band's - Basement Tapes Influences
* Pixies - Indie Cindy
* Devo/Flaming Lips - Split 7 inch Gates Of Steel (Live)
* The Fuzz Kings - I'm Your Goon (local band RSD 7 inch release)

After dropping off them purchases, it was off to Blackbyrd Myoozik to see what they had. And well, I did good there as well, picking up these records.

* Grateful Dead - Hampton '79 (limited edition of 7900)
* Tame Impala - Live Versions
* Songs from Common Ground Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing The Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
* KISS - Destroyer (Remixed 2013 version)
* Brighton Rock/Harem Scarem split 7 inch single
* Wilfred N and the Grown Men - 3 song CD single (local band)

So after all that record shopping, I still didn't get everything I was looking for. Thanks to my brother Captain Citrus in Calgary, he was able to get the following titles for me. Thanks bro!!!

* The Mystery Side by Side 7 inch single
* Deer Tick - Eel Bowel 7 inch single
* Drive-By Truckers - Dragon Pants EP (10 inch record)
* Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3 (limited edition clear vinyl exclusive)

Not only was Record Store Day special for all the new releases on vinyl, but then there was the live music performances at Permanent Records in the afternoon with local bands The Fuzz Kings at high noon, followed by Joe Nolan at 1:30.

When I got to Permanent Records just before noon to catch local roots rockers The Fuzz Kings performance, I was kind of surprised to see such a good turn out at the store for this. Sometimes these in store shows don`t always turn out, as there was very little advertising for this show. But nonetheless, a great turn out for the band and the store. This was my first time seeing The Fuzz Kings, I had picked up both of their albums, so I was looking forward to finally seeing these guys. And they didn`t disappoint. They reminded me of a party band along the lines of the Supersuckers. Lead singer "Fat" Dave Johnston and the band were celebrating not only Record Store Day but also the release of their latest album "ReTurn Of The Century" and the RSD release of their seven inch single "I`m Your Goon". They put on a great forty-five minute show. This is a band I will definitely get out and see in a club.

The Fuzz Kings at Permanent Records.

Next up was another local roots rock artist Joe Nolan whom has just been signed to Six Shooter Records. I had never seen Joe play live before, but will be sure to be watching for more live performances by this artist. He put on a great show at Permanent Records playing to another decent size audience. Joe Nolan now has two albums out called "Goodbye Cinderella" and his newest album "Tornado". This is an up and coming artist to keep your eyes and ears open for.

Joe Nolan at Permanent Records.

Another awesome Record Store Day done for the year, already looking forward to next years. A great job done by the guys at Permanent Records with the two bands playing at the store. Get out and buy some music at your local record shop. Good times!!!

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