All sales are final, er, vinyl….
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
We are excited about Vinyl Tuesday, which will start happening next Tuesday (duh), August 4. So much so that we plan a special review of Death Magic by Health. We are advised that the noise-punk L.A. quartet “combines incredible musicality (vocals, drums, guitars, bass & keys) with visceral electronics to form a sound unlike anything in music today, forging heavy rock and experimental electronic elements.” Our reviewer is pretty chuffed as well.
Also incoming will be Joan Jett’s classic I Love Rock & Roll as a limited edition double-LP white wax set featuring the original record on disc 1 and a live ’81 show on disc 2. The following week The Replacements have a 4LP box set, The Twin/Tone Years.
Spearheaded by the good folks of Record Store Day as a reaction to the music industry shifting the official new release day from Tuesday to Friday, Vinyl Tuesday “is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.”
Got all that? Good. Now the next order of business should be to make those darn vinyl records returnable, or at least offer retailers some form of a returns allowance. Once they are able to order plenty of LPs without having to worry about getting stuck with ‘em when they stiff (can you spell “Animal Collective”?) those orders are bound to increase, and fans won’t have to worry about not being able to find their fave artists’ platters, too…