Silicon Valley Rocks! Photo Recap

Photos by Mikey Baratta

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Win (2) VIP Tickets to Silicon Valley Rocks!

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Finally, an opportunity to support the cause to keep music education alive in local schools! Silicon Valley Rocks! and the Great American Music Hall are joining forces to bring you an integration of the Valley’s tech and music communities TONIGHT, December 1, starting at 7pm.

Lineup is to include (in order):









To win (2) VIP passes to the event, sign up for our newsletter by sending us an email with your full name and email address. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced via email and our social networking sites at 3pm.

What do the VIP passes get you?

Each pass gets you (2) free drinks, good seating, and hors d’oeuvres!!

Visit Silicon Valley Rocks! here.

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Black Friday Record Store Exclusives

Don’t bother setting the alarm clock for 4am this Black Friday! Sleep in comfortably knowing your favorite record shops will be waiting for you with an array of limited edition vinyl releases. Haven’t checked it out yet? Here’s a list of some of the treasures you may be able to find:

Metallica, Live at Grimey’s (2008)
Double 10″ live recording in the record store’s basement in Nashville

Queens of the Stone Age, Self-titled Debut
Double 12″, colored 180g vinyl + digital download

Matisyahu, Two, Limit of 1,000
Double 7″ record featuring previously unreleased live tracks from forthcoming album, Live at Stubbs Vol. 2

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,Nowhere/Surrender, Limit of 3,000
7″ of unreleased tracks “Nowhere” and “Surrender”

Soundgarden, The Telephantasm, Limit of 4,000
7″ single including the unreleased tracks “The Telephantasm” and live version of “Gun”

MGMT, Congratulations, Limit of 3,500
Double 7″ containing “Congratulations”, the previously unreleased remix by Erol Alkan, and 20 page storybook

Slayer, World Painted Blood/Atrocity Vendor, Limit of 2,500
7″ red colored record in translucent pvc sleeve

The Black Keys, Brothers, Limit of 3,000
Box set including double 12″ of original album and CD + 10″ featuring six unreleased live tracks accompanied by a limited edition poster

Dr. Dog,Untitled,Limit of 900
Double 7″ of four brand new tracks

Bob Dylan,The Times They Are A Changin’/Like a Rolling Stone, Limit of 5,000
7″ translucent red vinyl of “The Times They Are a Changin'” and 2010 Mono mix of “Like a Rolling Stone”

The Doors, Self-titled debut album, Limit of 3,000
12″ 180g Mono release

Anthrax, Live At the Sonisphere
10″ picture disc of first recording with Joey Belladonna since he left Anthrax more than 20 years ago

Bruce Springsteen,Save My Love, Limit of 5,000
7″ vinyl single of “Save My Love” and “Because the Night”

The Ting Tings, Hands,Limit of 2,500
7″ colored mix of white and orange including a Passion Pit mix of “Hands”, a track from their forthcoming release – first in the US

Cee Lo Green,Fuck You, Limit of 2,500
12″ Maxi colored record of “Fuck You” + instrumental

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings,I Learned the Hard Way
Full, most recent album pressed on eleven 7″ singles with ten bonus songs and eight instrumentals

The Black Crowes,Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys/Remedy, Limit of 1,500
10″ picture disc of live recordings from “Farewell” tour

The Gaslight Anthem,Tumbling Dice/She Loves You
7″ single of the previously unreleased Rolling Stones cover of “Tumbling Dice”

U2,Awake in Europe, Limit of 5,000
12″ numbered album of live tracks from previously unreleased recordings of 360 tour

George Harrison,All Things Must Pass, Limit of 5,000
3 180g LP box set debut album, issued on numbered lift-top box

Jimi Hendrix, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Limit of 5,000
Green 10″ record featuring “Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne”

Cage the Elephant,Shake Me Down, Limit of 2,500
7″ single “Shake Me Down” and “Aberdeen” with download card from their forthcoming album

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Top 10 Most Valuable Records $$

By Monique Dolan & Sophia Hernandez

10_ I Can’t Believe
The Hornets
sold for $25,000
WHY: This is a doo-wop, double-sided, 78rpm, released in 1953.

9_God Save the Queen, Single 1977
Sex Pistols
sold for $25,000
WHY: During the one week that the Sex Pistols were signed to A&M Records, the famousGod Save the Queen 45rpm 7″ single was recorded and released. Only a dozen or so are known to be alive, with the original mailer covers intact.

The Beatles
sold for $25,000
WHY: Different variations of this album cover have been repeatedly counterfeited, but what’s so special about the original? Within the back panel of the cover lies the Vee-Jay record label logo, with “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” in addition to the track titles.

7_Elvis Presley
Stay Away, Joe, Promotional Album
sold for $25,000
WHY: This single-sided promotional record was made to only play once on the radio.

6_Velvet Undergound & Nico
sold for $25,200
WHY: The original Norman Dolph test pressing contains unreleased recorded material from the Sceptor Studios sessions. These recordings are said to be mixes and different takes of songs that are on the album.

5_Frank Wilson
Do I Love You?
sold for $30,000
WHY: It is believed that there are only three copies. The third was bought through an online auction.

4_Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin’
sold for $35,000
WHY: Represses of this record have ensued deleted tracks and modified album track listings in the US and Canada. The original copies – allegedly destroyed by Columbia Records – feature the missing four tracks and only a few of these remain in the world.

3_The Beatles
Yesterday and Today
sold for $38,500
WHY: Before Capitol Records replaced these album covers with a more wholesome photo of The Beatles, the group originally posed smiling in butcher aprons while holding dismantled baby dolls and raw meat. Apparently it is the most desired Beatles album of all time.

2_The Quarrymen
That’ll Be the Day
sold for $180,000
WHY: Only one copy of this 78rpm album was made, then passed around amongst the group and their friends. The copy was eventually lost, but rediscovered by John Duff Lowe, former classmate of Sir Paul McCartney.

1_John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy
sold for $525,000
WHY: John Lennon signed this particular album just hours before he was assassinated by Mark David Chapman.
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You Should Have Seen Their Live Show

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It’s no wonder how this San Francisco guitar and drum duo got their name. Whether performing on street corners, festival grounds, or on stage – as they did last Thursday night at Cafe Du Nord – spectators can testify for the band’s monstrous sounds. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Francisco Fernandez, howls gruff harmonies while his accelerated guitar strumming sends drummer, Daniel Aguilar, bouncing up and down in his seat who remarkably keeps up, bashing a pair of brushes against his drum set. Together, their rockabilly aura has conquered any environment they’ve been thrown into, including SXSW, and they will be returning to Austin for a couple of shows this week. Despite the national attention the two have acquired, the band will be back soon to reverberate favorites from their LP, Juices, pressed by Record Pressing. Francisco told the Cafe Du Nord crowd, “Who knows, we might sneak into the Treasure Island Festival.”

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Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard

By Monique Dolan
Manufactured by Record Pressing

The 6-piece indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, has been taking over music festivals, venues, and listeners ears from New York to Iceland since 2006. Freshly signed to the BARSUK record label, their latest release, “The Orchard” reveals the mature artistic qualities of a veteran band. Late last summer they disappeared into a country house – built in an orchard located deep in upstate New York – to record their newest album, appropriately titled “The Orchard”. The result of nature’s seclusion is evident of the band’s second, noticeably polished and emotionally driven album out now on vinyl manufactured by Record Pressing.

The band’s 12″ has been produced in two separate, but equally important versions for Ra Ra Riot. There are two different versions of this release: 2,000 copies of traditional black vinyl records packaged in shrink-wrap for the general marketplace and a limited run of 250 pieces for the collector’s market – with additional features, including: an unusual cotton candy magenta marble colored vinyl disc packaged in import quality poly bags – providing something extra for those who truly love Ra Ra Riot.

Both pressings showcase full color center labels: with the A-side label rendered in mossy green hues perfectly complimenting the B-side’s orchard image. The Album Jacket shows the band name and title of the record in silver and magenta foil stamping which is dramatically set against reverse board full color artwork. Inside the package is an uncoated 4-panel full color printed insert that reflects the exterior artwork and includes the lyrics to all tracks. Both pressings include a high quality MP3 code allowing the consumer to download the music – to enhance the value of this package further. This release reflects the labor of love that this project represents for both the band and the Barsuk label. Both versions are extremely well thought out, high quality packages which offer real value to the fans. Record Pressing is proud to have played a part in getting this release out and into the hands of Ra Ra Riot’s fans.

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Record Pressing Supports Local Music Scene

Howlin’ Rain, Mission Creek Festival

We at Record Pressing work with a variety of artists: from signed to unsigned, from Indie to Metal, from Hip Hop to Jazz, and everything else in between. Without their belief in keeping vinyl records alive, our company would not have much reason to exist. So as a token of our appreciation, we have decided to find a way to reciprocate the encouragement by sponsoring the music festivals that allow those artists to succeed.

Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival

Record Pressing kicked off the summer’s festivities with five days at the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival that included an art exhibit, film screening, and a free, sunny Saturday at McLaren Park. Weeknight shows were held at Eagle Tavern, Cafe Du Nord, and El Rio with performances by Rykarda Parasol, Howlin’ Rain, Extra Action Marching Band, Persephone’s Bees, The Bitter Honeys, and plenty others. We were even able to give away free tshirts and a discount for half off a 1,000 vinyl record package to lucky winner, Miranda Lee Richards!

Bay Vibes Music Fest

It was a soothing day over at Cafe Cocomo’s, where frontman of headlining band, Dogman Joe, hosted the 2010 Bay Vibes Music Fest. Two stages provided 14 hours of Groove, Reggae, and Soul, with music by Frobeck, Alma Desnuda, My Peoples, Afrolicious, Native Elements, and Aaron Blyth, in addition to others on the bill. And to make the experience more relaxing, yoga, massages, and live painting were scattered throughout the venue.

Rock Make Festival

Over 5,000 people walked up and down Treat Avenue in the Mission District, making this year the most successful event the Rock Make Festival has thrown yet. As vendors showcased local talent in arts and crafts, three stages were rocking with performances from The SHE’s, AB & the Sea, Social Studies, The California Honeydrops, Leopold & his Fiction and more.

Keep and eye out for Record Pressing as you can catch us next at 2011’s SXSW!!
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