We’re thrilled to announce our offerings for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday! We have six incredible releases lined up, including brand new recordings from some of our favorite artists, along with some stellar reissues, coming exclusively to independent record stores. Beginning November 23rd (Black Friday), limited edition pressings of the below releases will be available while supplies last.
Germs What We Do Is Secret
Originally released in 1981, What We Do Is Secret is a collection of material recorded by American punk band the Germs between 1977 and 1980. The driving EP, under 20 minutes in length, encompasses the sound of the Southern California punk scene in the late 70’s. While most of the tracks come from various studio sessions, several live tracks from the group’s last show at the Starwood nightclub are featured on the record. The record was remastered for vinyl by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany on transparent blue color vinyl.
Presenting… The Ad Libs
The Ad Libs, a phenomenal yet under-appreciated American vocal group hailing from Hudson County, NJ, had their first and only smash hit within their first year as a group, with ‘The Boy From New York City.’ Though several other singles from the doo-wop group landed on the Billboard R&B chart’s, The Ad Libs never released a full length album. Presenting The Ad Libs is the group’s debut album that never happened. A collection of singles, b-sides, and unused studio cuts come together to show the 1960’s soul singers in a whole new light. The tracks were remastered for vinyl at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany on purple color vinyl.
Tav Falco Cabaret of Daggers
Cult legend, avant-roots/Rock & Roll raconteur Tav Falco is back at it again with the same ferocious line-up from 2015’s Command Performance. Cabaret of Daggers was tracked in Rome, with vocal overdubs recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis. The recordings were mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany. This yellow color vinyl pressing is limited to just 750 copies worldwide.The album will be available digitally and as a wide release on black vinyl beginning November 30th.
Würm was a sludge metal band started in 1973 by bass player Chuck Dukowski, who would later join Black Flag. Without Würm, the genres of punk rock and hardcore would never have been the same. The band’s practice space, the Würmhole – a hangout for musicians in Hermosa Beach during the mid-late 70’s – is where Keith Morris and Greg Ginn met Dukowski and ultimately formed the original Black Flag line-up. The band’s only album, Feast, was released in 1985 after the band’s demise. With the help of Chuck Dukowski, the long-out-of-print LP is being “exhumed” and reissued, along with a second LP featuring unreleased tracks, demos, and more. The package comes complete with retrospective liner notes from Dukowski himself, plus never-before-seen photos from the early days. The double LP release will come on a limited edition blue color vinyl pressing, housed in a gatefold jacket, exclusively for Black Friday.
Tone Scientists Nuts b/w Tiny Piramids
Bass legend Mike Watt teams up with Bucky Pope, John Herndon, Vince Meghrouni, and Pete Mazich for their new project, Tone Scientists, on this limited edition seven inch. Side A features a Bucky Pope original, “Nuts.” On side B, the group takes on Sun Ra’s “Tiny Pyramids” with incredible results. Both tracks are previously unreleased, and were recorded just for Record Store Day Black Friday 2018. Half of the pressing, randomly shipped, will come on silver color vinyl, with the other half on standard black vinyl.
KID DOE (Particle Kid & John Doe) Lucky Wheel
Punk legend and X co-founder John Doe has spent decades building a career that spans across various genres and even formats, with dozens of acting credits in film and TV. Particle Kid is the musical identity of singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist Micah Nelson, who – despite his young age – has an equally impressive resume. On this split release, the two artists cover each others’ tunes with their own interpretation. As a bonus, John Doe covers a Carter Family favorite, and Particle Kid covers outsider folk hero Michael Hurley. The release was mastered at 45RPM by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed on a 12″ smoke color LP at Pallas Group in Germany. Unlike the titles listed above, this release will hit the shelves a day later on November 24th, as a Record Store Day exclusive for Small Business Saturday.