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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
In anticipation of the 2015 issue of Record Store Day, check out these four videos, featuring performances by Django Django, the Hinds, and the Take, as well as artist interviews about the magic of vinyl.

For music fans, mid-April each year features a weekend that becomes the go-to event for exclusive vinyl releases that keep crowds flooding into record shops across the globe. This event is Record Store Day, and as you ready yourself to brave the 180 gram-obsessed crowds, you can watch some performances and interviews related to this increasingly ubiquitous musical affair.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Rotoscope-esque visuals meet bouncy synthpop in the latest video from the Brooklyn duo SLV.

Sandra Lilia Velásquez (of Pistolera fame, on vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Sean Dixon (drums, bass, programming) are the force behind the SLV acronym. The Brooklyn-based duo have readied a full-length debut, This Kind, which will be available to the world soon in the coming weeks. Before you experience the full album, you can immerse yourself in the creative visuals of “Heartbreaker”, the video of which you can stream exclusively below. The distinctive animation style, crafted by Velásquez herself (she conceptualized, film, and edited the video), brings to mind the “rotoscoping” technique utilized most famously by Richard Linklater in his films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Hear an unreleased alternate take on the Minstrel in the Gallery cut "Cold Wind to Valhalla" in lead-up to that album's special edition 40th anniversary release, featuring new mixes by modern prog maestro Steven Wilson.

In 1975, the famously flute-obsessive prog outfit Jethro Tull dropped their eighth studio LP, Minstrel in the Gallery. It would later earn the Gold status, an honor that the band has earned more than once. With it being 2015, 40 years have passed since that release, which means that the time for the requisite anniversary package has come.


For more on the contents of this rather extravagant release and an exclusive stream of a BBC Version of the tune “Cold Wind to Valhalla”, read and listen below.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
The worlds of indie rock and '90s basketball coalesce perfectly on a special Record Store Day 2015 release, Furious Hoops Vol. 1.

You might have heard it mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s recent “Ultimate Guide” to the 2015 installment of Record Store Day. If not, there’s no better time than now to dive into the music of Furious Hoops Vol. 1, a uniquely curated Record Store day release that brings together the worlds of independent music and ‘90s basketball. You can stream the eclectic compilation in its entirety below here at PopMatters.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synth-pop hit is this week's Counterbalance

Mendelsohn: Like most people, I tend to romanticize the music of my youth a little. There are groups from the 1980s that loom large in the back of psyche because they managed to enter my brain and then stick there for a couple of decades before surfacing like some unwelcome repressed memory. I never really got to live through the cultural impact of some of these groups. I was far too young to understand the zeitgeist. My music consumption as a kid was pretty much limited to whatever my parents were listening to at the time, which wasn’t all bad, but they weren’t always following the trends. Inevitably, though, some of the current music seeped in and stuck around.


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