Archive for May, 2011

Retail Newsletter 5/17/11

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Ramble On, Ramblers
Over here at Beggars HQ we hate downtime because downtime means having no excuse to not clean your desk area.  So to combat the boredom blues, we put out awesome albums by the shitload (yes, that is an industry term).
Fast on the heels of our last madhouse street date, we’ve got two amazing records by Thurston Moore and Friendly Fires.
First let’s talk about Friendly Fires.
We kicked it off last week in a big, big way as we premiered their album on Hype Machine which shot the band into the #1 spot on
Additionally, features came or coming in Nylon, Complex, Paste, NPR & Nylon Guys. Elle, Teen Vogue, Spin, People & Filter all reviewed the album. Even TV heads took note first when Jimmy Fallon had the band on a few weeks back and on the horizon the band are confirmed for the Jimmy Kimmel show on June 9.
And if all that coolness weren’t enough, the boys are taking the hip shaking live show around the US starting next week.

And Thurston Moore?
Well, by now I’m sure you’ve heard how ridiculously gorgeous Mr. Moore’s latest effort Demolished Thoughts is.
And if you haven’t, take my word for it. It’s amazing. And he’s got some really fantastic events leading up to release (See also: Music Hall Of Williamsburg show, Other Music Instore) and a killer tour with Kurt Vile shortly thereafter.
So make sure you’re on the ball on this one… though judging by a lot of your excited emails, most of you already are.
Oh. And since this is a newsletter for independent record stores, now may be a good time to mention again that we’re doing Thurston’s LP on colored vinyl available ONLY at independent record shops.  Talk to Dave or Helen for more details.

Last Call At The Last Chance Saloon
This is it, folks. The last chance to get signed up for Buy Early Get Now. Fucked Up’s David Comes To Life is the business and the term “album of the year” is already being brandished around some internets message boards.
So don’t miss this bus. I will say it again. Don’t. Miss. This. Bus.
Email me to get involved.

Speaking of Movies
While we’re on the topic of Fucked Up, let’s talk movies.  More specifically Fucked Up: The Movie.  Even more specifically it’s not really a movie but rather a short documentary.  It’s essential viewing. Serious. Watch it. Share it. Spread it.
If you want to take the high road and just sit back and watch, you can do that here.
But if you want to be a hero, to me and Canadians everywhere, you’ll take this code and embed the mini-doc on your website.
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What Happens When You Get A Group Of Girls Who Can Rock On A TV Set?
They kill it and then proceed to sell a boatload of records just as Warpaint did recently on Jools Holland.
Sales increased 645% due to the TV appearance, and reentered the UK chart at #51, with over a 1,600 + sold following the broadcast. So let’s feel those waves over here.
Check out Undertow and Elephants.

tUnE-yArDs. Wow.
This girl is for real. This record is for real. The promo she’s doing is for real. Along her current tour, Ms. yArDs and company will be stopping in for some really great sessions. Tomorrow she’s at WNYC for a live Soundcheck Session, next week she stops back in for a Studio 360 Session and later in June she’ll be at KCRW for a live MBE Session. And if that weren’t enough, she recently stopped in to have a chat and play some songs with Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on their excellent Sound Opinions show. That air date is still TBD but certainly stay tuned.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’d like to welcome the newest member of our big, wacky, multi-international, unspeakably good-looking family. Zomby is an absurdly talented producer from London who has signed with 4AD to release his album Dedication which is slated to bend minds on our shores July 12. I could tell you more but you should just read and listen here.
And remember that 10″ we had over here? That sold out faster than… well… yea. It sold out really fast.

On The Road Again
And as always, our homeboys and homegirls are out on the road, burning that midnight oil in a town near you. Or hell. In your town. Check out tour dates here and here.

And Now For Something Completely Unrelated (included specifically for our fearless leader Matt “Il Jeffe” Harmon)
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the return of Death Metal Rooster.



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