by Adam Gold
So, right there up above you can watch the days-old video for Alabama Shakes’ “Hold On,” the lead-off single from the 'Bama band's debut LP Boys & Girls, which drops Tuesday (stream it here for now, though) on ATO. Of course, if you troll various music sites like I do then you already know that — ATO is canvassing the fuck out of the Internet in a front-loaded campaign to promote the record. Much has been made of The Shakes' meteoric rise from obscurity in the heart of Dixie to occupying prime real estate in the hearts of music bloggers worldwide.
While said much-makers may say this Alabama shake-over is an overnight phenomenon — to which I reply by saying, “No shit” — the truth is that it actually took the band at least a year to git r done. That’s right. The Shakes' debut drops a whopping one year, nearly to the day, after the band played its first away gig on Record Store Day 2011 at The Groove New & Used Vinyl & CDs in East Nashville.
And that reminds me, Record Store Day 2012 is just around the corner — on Saturday, April 21, to be sure — thus begging the question: What shit-hot, blog-worthy, phoenix-like on-risers of the future will grace The Groove’s backyard stage this Record Store Day?
Beats me. The East Side store hasn’t made such an announcement yet. What I can tell you, however, is that JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, Langhorne Slim, Lovedrug, The Grenadines and Kansas Bible Company will provide ear candy and sonic refreshments over at Grimey’s Record Store Day shindig and parking lot sale. Additionally, Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost (the rock doc on Bobby Bare Jr.) and Andrew Bird FEVER YEAR (a feature-length concert film) will screen inside the sun-shielding confines of The Basement during the festivities. Also screening is Brick and Mortar and Love, a doc on indie record stores (trailer below) that includes footage captured at the Grimey’s 2011 RSD bash. How’s that for meta?
So, it’s April again and that means hip hip hooray for record stores! Make sure you go to one on the 21st. Grimey’s official site promises more RSD performers are yet to be announced. Deets on The Groove’s happenings are probably on the immediate horizon, and I’m guessing Third Man probably has a card up its sleeve to show us soon as well. Stay tuned. In the meantime, drop the proverbial needle on this link to peruse the full list of forthcoming RSD 2012 special releases.