Friday Five: Record Store Day

Juli Thanki | April 16th, 2010

Record Store Day is this Saturday. It’s a little bit like Christmas for music geeks, as dozens of participating musicians are releasing exclusive records—and a CD or two as well—just for that day. (You can check out what’s going on at your local vinyl purveyor here: http://www.recordstoreday.com) Since most barroom jukeboxes no longer play 45s, here are some of my favorite songs about staying home and listening to records.

  • Good Friends5. “When The Needle Hits The Vinyl” – Adam Brand

    Do records spin the opposite way Down Under? Australian country singer Adam Brand sings about a young boy watching his stoic parents transform when the tunes came on. This tune’s so catchy you may want to cut a rug yourself, and Brand’s accent sure is easy on the ears.

  • The Life Of A Song4. “Sweet Emmylou” – Joey + Rory

    When some no good man leaves her, a cool chick like Joey Martin doesn’t wallow in the dark with a pint of ice cream and Lifetime on the tube. She copes by blowing the dust off some Emmylou Harris LPs. While Harris may not be able to cure a broken arm or Ebola, she’s pretty damn good at taking the edge off of heartbreak.

  • I Love Everybody3. “Record Lady” – Lyle Lovett

    Okay, so records don’t just miraculously appear in one’s house. You’ve got to go to your local record store, and said store is probably staffed by a cutie. At least it is in this sly, witty song from Lovett’s I Love Everybody; he only needs one look at the woman before he’s lost in the “phonographic fantasy” of spinning records together in Acapulco.

  • New Connection2. “Vinyl Records” – Todd Snider

    The laundry list of artists in Snider’s record collection is like “I’ve Been Everywhere” for audiophiles. But if all he’s got in his apartment is said records all over the floor, “a beat-up chair, a mattress, a fork and another to spare,” it might be a little difficult to get those of the feminine persuasion—perhaps lured by the promise of Mojo Nixon vinyl—to stick around. Invest in some sheets, buddy.

  • Country Love Songs1. “The Buck Starts Here” – Robbie Fulks

    There’s nothing quite like a stack of records to get a person through the night. Fulks deals with his heartbreak with a few 45s, wailing “The Buck starts here/With Hank sure to follow/Turn them up loud and clear/They’re singing my sorrow.” No matter the listening medium, who hasn’t been there?

  1. Ron
    April 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

    When I saw the category my first thought was “The Buck Stops Here”. Great choice.

  2. Mike K
    April 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I thought #2 would be #1, but I had never heard the Fulks tune before you posted it. Thanks, Juli.

  3. Rick
    April 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

    The description of the Adam Brand song makes it sound exactly like the song of the same name on Joey Martin’s “Strong Enough To Cry” album, which preceeded the formation of “Joey+Rory”. Juli, is Rory Lee Feek the songwriter on the Adam Brand song?

    Catherine Britt was a co-writer on “Sweet Emmylou” with Rory Feek, so we have two Aussie and Rory Feek connections on this short list! Good on ya, Juli.

  4. Juli
    April 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Rick, it is the same song; Brand’s was on his album Good Friends. Both versions are good, but I like Brand’s better. Didn’t realize this week’s second Aussie connection ’til now. Thanks!

  5. Dave D.
    April 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Fun list as always, with the added bonus of some video from the great Black Swamp Arts Festival.

  6. Noeller
    April 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Up north here, we have a great young traditionalist named Gord Bamford, who works pretty much exclusively with Byron Hill, and has had a few cuts put on hold by Strait and Jackson. On his “Life Is Good” album, he had a single called “They’re All About Her”, which deals with his parents vinyl collection influencing his current music, and how he realizes now that all those great songs, like “Walking After Midnight”….were, “…All About Her…” Cool tune!!

  7. Nicolas
    April 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I love “Sweet Emmylou” =) I’m really anticipating the new Joey + Rory album this June

  8. Mayor JoBob
    April 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    On a different note: I am going to try to get a copy of Soundgarden’s “Hunted Down” 7″ tomorrow. Yeehaw!

    Sorry bout that….Back to country music!

  9. luckyoldsun
    April 17, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Alan Jackson, on his first or second album: “Just Playing Possum”

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