This summer Jamie xx will have us up raving all night with his new album. It’s already easily one of the best albums of the year but there is still something missing. I don’t know if it’s the appearance of his xx band mates on a few random songs that makes wish this was a full xx album…or if it’s the appearance of his xx band mates who make me wish this was a full Jamie xx album. When something leaves us wanting more, it’s only because it’s great. We don’t wish for excess of mediocrity.
It’s Faith No More week but that doesn’t mean the Mike Patton gets all the guts and glory. Let me tell you…he wants them, too; but it’s more about the guts than the glory. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum may have the second best post-FNM career to Patton; it is just a lot less known since Patton has 50 side projects and is everywhere. Roddy’s band Imperial Teen has had a decent life of its own and they deserve their own list.
When Mike Patton joined Faith No More, he was wilder and crazier than any other frontman at the time. He made Axl Rose look like a librarian. Patton was so wild and crazy…that one band could not contain him. He kept it together for his stint in Faith No More…which by Mike Patton standards was keeping it together. He unleashed his insanity in his side project known as Mr. Bungle. Get ready for one wacky playlist.
In the long hiatus between Faith No More albums, the band members kept busy. The busiest of them all was Mike Patton and his six octave range who released 23 albums and almost 50 guest appearances. You couldn’t stop him, you could only hope to contain him. It was inevitable for Faith No More to get back together because Mike Patton was running out of people to play with! One of the most successful post-FNM projects was Tomahawk, featuring Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, Kevin Rutmanis of the Melvins and John Stainer of Helmet.
I have been on an extended hiatus…but if Faith No More can find it in themselves to put out a new album, I can devote this whole week to them. That’s right…it’s Faith No More week. 5 days…5 Faith-based lists.
You can’t read anything about Record Store Day anymore without reading some article whose author spends pages of digital content, complaining about the vinyl holiday. “It’s killing independent stores,” “it excludes indie labels,” and it’s only for unnecessary major label titles.” You know what would be worse than Record Store Day? NO RECORD STORE DAY. A world where there is nothing promoting independent records stores, causing them to fade and dissolve into music history alongside the 8-track, mini-disc, and reel-to-reel. But today, music stores are alive and well…in part, thanks to record store day. Record stores having to deal with throngs of audiophiles twice a year (Black Friday) is a way better scenario than dealing with foreclosure. .
Another complaint comes from independent labels themselves who have found their material excluded by the event coordinators. Read here about Father/Daughter’s comp, which seemed like a rather cool release. Sure there are some releases that get excluded…and there are some titles that seem unnecessary. But even if we’re talking about 10% of the titles or even 25% of the released titles being unnecessary…that still leaves 300 great vital releases! Isn’t it worth some crap to get some gold? That said, I’m not even sure how we determine which titles are unnecessary. I read bloggers claiming the Citizen Dick release was the most unnecessary title this year…it’s an unreleased Pearl Jam song from the 1991/Ten era version of the band! I bought it and it’s the title I’ve listened to more than any other release. If someone wants to buy them…then doesn’t that make them necessary? (and the Citizen Dick record just missed this list…so the 12th most popular record flip is somehow unnecessary? Okay…)
That said…it’s hard to determine prior to the holiday which albums will sell out in seconds and which ones will linger until August. Some of the most talked about releases including Courtney Barnett, Brian Eno, and Run The Jewels were still available at stores late on Sunday afternoon. While others (like Brand New) had people lining up the night before. I mean seriously, how is Brand New’s reissue of a 12-year old album that is readily available on Spotify and itunes AND coming out in wide release next month the number one Ebay flip merely because it comes in a paper bag? Every store I visiting had people waiting 12-24 hours for this record.
For this list, I determined the ranking based on list price versus Ebay sale…and what was the greatest increase in comparison to the price. Stereogum lists Jurassic 5′s $100 Ebay sale as a big flip…but the list price was $90 to begin with. That’s only a $10 increase. Same with Phish’s Live 1995 6-disc set that listed at $160 but sold for $200. The biggest flips versus price, I believe, truly shows what were the must-have vinyls of RSD 2015.
Here are the biggest Ebay Flips of Record Store Day 2015: