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Record Store Day 2013: What's on your must-have list for the annual vinyl bonanza? Here's ours

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This Saturday, April 20, a great yearly tradition arrives once again.

No, not that one. We’re talking about the sixth annual Record Store Day, which pays tribute to the independently-owned record stores that were once ubiquitous but are often now fighting just to stay afloat in in the iTunes and Amazon age.

The day is more than just a tribute to the fetishization of vinyl; it also honors the sense of community that comes when a bunch of music obsessives get together to talk about their favorite stuff — and kick-fight in the aisles over a limited-edition Roky Erikson 7-inch, or whatever their coveted object may be. (Check out the impressively large list of stores that are participating in this year’s festivities.)

Though there are plenty of live in-store performances, signings, and giveaways, the main attraction has become the vinyl releases that surface for one day only (and then for an eternity on eBay). This year’s list doesn’t have the same parade of heavy hitters as last year’s, but there are still plenty of goodies worth seeking.

I love Record Store Day, mostly because I just love record stores. I’ll be celebrating this year at my home base during my high school years, and here’s what I’ll be searching for:  READ FULL STORY

Pulp to end their reunion

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.

“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) “Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”

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Coachella is now also a cruise with Pulp, Hot Chip, and Girl Talk

Have you ever been at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and thought to yourself, “All this fringe music is pretty excellent, but I really can’t stand all of this sand.”

The organizers of Coachella have a solution: They’re sending you out to sea. Goldenvoice announced today that this year will mark the maiden voyage of the S.S. Coachella, a floating, Caribbean-bound music festival. Because nothing Coachella-related can happen just once, there will be two separate legs, both of which will originate from the port in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

The first, running December 16-19, will be bound for the Bahamas, while the second will run December 19-23 and head to Jamaica. Included will be all the accoutrements of cruise travel (pools, beach activities, buffets, booze, probably some token shuffleboard) in addition to a pretty killer lineup of bands — a baby version of this year’s Coachella. The bands performing include Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and Grimes. Check out the poster — with the lineup — below.

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Pulp make triumphant return to the U.S. with two sexy, bouncy shows at Radio City Music Hall

The last time bookish Britpop legends Pulp played a concert in the United States, I was just wrapping up my sophomore year in high school. The idea of making the trip into New York City to see a band was well out of the realm of possibility (at the time, I had to argue with my parents about seeing shows one town over), but for a hot minute I tried to devise some way I could see them. After all, their just-released sixth album This Is Hardcore was my absolute favorite album at the time (even though all the middle-aged suburban ennui went completely over my head), and the band was not doing the sort of full-scale tour that would have taken them to the local amphitheater in Hartford. So I had to put that idea to bed. “I’ll catch them next time,” I told myself.

How was I to know that it would take them nearly 14 years to come back? They put out one more tepidly-received album and promptly broke up. Frontman Jarvis Cocker moved to Paris, started a solo career, and seemed content to let his old band live in the past forever. The solo stuff was pretty strong, and I got to experience Cocker live in person twice in the interim, but there was still a distinct lack of “Disco 2000″ in my live concert history.

The band rewarded my patience with two phenomenally sharp shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall this week, and during Tuesday night’s sinewy rendition of “This Is Hardcore,” I realized exactly why I love Cocker’s style as a frontman. He’s a deeply physical performer who has carved out a unique dance style. His voice isn’t the most technically proficient, but his songs would sound ridiculous if sung by anybody else. The choruses are as much about his vocal tics and asides as they are about the hooks themselves. His bands songs are deeply rooted in their conception period and yet strangely timeless. And he is so deeply ensconced in his character that it’s sometimes hard to tell where the irony begins.

With that resumé, it’s clear why I find Cocker so compelling: He’s almost exactly like David Lee Roth. READ FULL STORY

Pulp announces more U.S. dates on first Stateside tour in 14 years

The announcement of the full Coachella lineup a few weeks ago was a double-edged sword for fans of Pulp, the iconic Brit-pop band who fashion-rock tunes about rave drugs, the British class system, and Gen X ennui barred them from any substaintial Stateside success but still made them cult heroes here.

On the one hand, it was exciting to know that after reforming last year, they would finally be making their way to the U.S. On the other hand, was it going to take a trip to the desert to sing along with frontman Jarvis Cocker on the chorus of “Disco 2000″?

Luckily, the band heard the cries from people in two other cities, and this morning they announced that they’ll be playing an additional pair of shows in the U.S., which makes four sets total if you count the two weekends at Coachella.

The new dates will take them to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on April 11 and to San Francisco’s Warfield on April 17. The New York show will be the band’s first sojourn to the United States since 1998, when they went on a brief tour in support of their 1998 album This Is Hardcore.

While they never scored any charting hits in the U.S., Pulp’s influence runs deep. READ FULL STORY

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