How far will you go to get the finest musical gifts of the season? If your answer doesn't involve waiting in the dark in a Walmart parking lot with a lot of screaming mommies, perhaps Radio-Active Records can provide some needed cachet for the competitive giving season.
Black Friday is very nearly upon us, and the venerable Fort Lauderdale music emporium -- now in a convenient, beautiful new location at 845 N. Federal Highway -- is hosting an event. There will be music courtesy of Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers and Humbert, and there will be a wealth of special releases. (We hear Sweat Records has something going on too.) County Grind tracked down Radio-Active's Mikey Ramirez and Richard Vergez to get the dish on their recommended platters for this holiday.
Richard Vergez's Picks
Back-Wash Rhythm Band - The Golden Breed Soundtrack
I can listen to instrumental surf for days. This is rumored to be one of the rarest surf records ever,
which means a lot for record-collecting nerds such as ourselves. No
info anywhere about this record, no audio samples, which makes it that
much more elusive. And I think the movie is even more rare. Whoa.
Mr Gasser and the Weirdos - Surfink!
Another rare surf offering from Sundazed, adorned with some classic rat-fink artwork. Probably the campiest thing on the list.
Beatles - The Singles
Maybe you've heard
of this band. If Radio-Active carried nothing but Beatles, Led Zeppelin,
Pink Floyd, etc., we could run just as solid a business. I'm just still
surprised people keep pouring money into this bloody band.
Yardbirds - Ten Little Indians
Another Sundazed release?! A
legendary recording for two reasons: A[-side] one of the first uses of
reverse echo in a studio recording, and B[-side] Jimmy Page's first use of a
bow on a recording.
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
The only hip-hop record on the list. Brought to you by three white Jewish guys.
Mikey Ramirez's Picks
Nirvana - The Nevermind Singles 10 inch Box Set
More intriguing than last year's Record Store Day Nirvana offering. This 4xLP ten-inch box set collects all of the imported Nevermind singles housed in an individually numbered box. I don't own the "Lithuim" or "In Bloom" 12-inches, so this will be a nice addition to the library. The hidden gem here is "Curmudgeon!"
Fear - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 45
A perfect Christmastime ditty from Lee Ving and company. From the same band that brought you "Fuck Christmas" and "Another Christmas Beer." Housed in a picture sleeve! This guy was Mr. Boddy in Clue.
Various Artists - Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-79
Ten 45-rpm singles featuring original label art and housed in a gorgeous, custom-made, magnetic flip-top box. This set is limited to 2,000 copies featuring impossible-to-find 45s from the Seattle soul/funk scene during 1965-1979. Perfect for crate diggers and party rockers!
Syd Barrett - Mick Rock: The Photographs of Syd Barrett 45 + Photos
Floyd Floyd Floyd... but from the defining member of the group. This tin box set features extremely rare photographs from the famous Mick Rock, plus a rare 45 of "Octopus/Golden Hair" on yellow vinyl!
The Beatles - Singles 45 Box Set
Yep, the one everyone wants. No frills here, just more Beatles for your buck. This set includes four seven-inch picture-sleeve singles in a heavy flip-top box, which includes a Record Store Day-branded adapter and poster! All tracks are newly remastered and are appearing on vinyl for the first time ever!
Here's a tracklisting:
1. "Ticket to Ride"/"Yes It Is"
2. "Hey Jude"/"Revolution"
3. "Something"/"Come Together"
4. "Yellow Submarine"/"Eleanor Rigby"
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Radio-Active Records' Black Friday. 10 a.m. Friday, November 25, at 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Music by Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers and Humbert begins at 6 p.m. Click here.