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):
SONIC LOVE TONIC
THE HOT TODDIES
THE OPEN SOURCE BAND
SID LUSCIOUS AND THE PANTS
INGAR BROWN AND THE FUTURE FUNK
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!!
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10_ I Can’t Believe
sold for $25,000
WHY: This is a doo-wop, double-sided, 78rpm, released in 1953.
9_God Save the Queen, Single 1977
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
sold for $525,000
WHY: John Lennon signed this particular album just hours before he was assassinated by Mark David Chapman.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.