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Last week, India Coran from Dale Speaking Radio Promotions and Digital Marketing in Toronto finally got to see Cher. It was a pretty incredible moment for her as she’s always been a fan. But as she likely danced all night, she came up with a list of things any artist can learn from Cher, and it’s pretty solid:

1) Have a kick-ass personality

She was known for years as “The Bitch” on Sonny and Cher. During her show while fans were screaming she was bold enough to say, “Shut up, I’m talking”. How do you not love that?

2) You don’t need to “fit in”

Cher made a point that she was never really a singer or an actress, so she had to figure things out on her own. You might not be a pop, rock, country etc artist. You may be a mix. You can still figure it out.

3) Make your shows a spectacle!

Granted, she does have A LOT more $$$ for fancy stage setups, dancers etc. But the point is that you should aim to make it impossible for people to take their eyes off of you.

4) Have a social media persona!

Cher is 67 and posts on twitter daily. Her tweets are emoticon filled, and it’s awesome. If Cher can do it, you can do it.

5) It’s ok to lack radio play

Cher’s newest album, Closest to the Truth, yielded 3 singles. Combined, they only received 105 spins on Canadian radio. Does she care? No. A lack of radio play is not the end of the world. I know that Cher has a huge reputation, but that’s all in the past. She’s not reaching any new fans via radio.

6) Use effects tastefully

Cher was the first artist to ever use auto-tune. It was an effect used in her 1998 single “Believe”. It’s a little bit of a signature sound now for her, but it’s used an an effect in dancier songs (such as Take It Like a Man), rather than a necessity. (In other words, she can sing!). If you’re a singer, make sure you can sing (live and recorded) without relying on auto-tune to fix imperfections.

7) Pay for the recording

Cher is listed as “Executive Producer’ on her new album. In other words, she fronted the $. It seems to be the way that music is going. As an artist, you’ll probably have to raise funds to record your album.

8) You can film a music video on a modest budget

Minus Cher’s extravagant paper headdress, her video for “Woman’s World” is just girls dancing in front of a green screen. Totally doable! There are so many ways to make a creative, budget friendly music video.

9) Be Confident

Cher doesn’t give a s*it what other people think about her. She looks, acts and dresses the way that she does because it makes her happy. A little marketing to emphasize who you are is great, but stay true to yourself!

10) Be Healthy 

Being an artist can mean a lot of late nights, partying, poor nutrition etc. The key to longevity is to be healthy. Cher has the most amazing body that I’ve ever seen for someone 67. If you want longevity in your career, you have to be healthy and treat yourself right (that includes adequate sleep!).

Thurston Moore, the guitar God of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations was asked by The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time. Check out his list below:

Thurston Moore’s 38 Favorite Songs of All Time
Tapper Zukie – ‘Man Ah Warrior’
Patti Smith – ‘Godspeed’
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks – ‘Orphans’
Mars – ’3E’
Public Image LTD – ‘Public Image’
The Slits – ‘Love Und Romance’
The Raincoats – ‘In Love’
Captain Beefheart – ‘Electricity’
Alice Cooper – ‘Is It My Body?’
T. Rex – ‘Children Of The Revolution’
Archie Shepp – ‘Blasé’
Billie Holiday – ‘Gloomy Sunday’
Nirvana – ‘Dive’
Mudhoney – ‘In ‘N Out of Grace’
Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Little Fury Things’
Jackson C. Frank – ‘Blues Run The Game’
Bush Tetras – ‘Too Many Creeps’
The Germs – ‘Caught In My Eye’
Boredoms – ‘Born To Anal’
Lou Reed – ‘Satellite Of Love’
Beach Boys – ‘Hang On To Your Ego’
David Bowie – ‘Five Years’
Sparks – ‘Equator’
Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Hong Kong Garden’
The Damned – ‘New Rose’
The Mentally Ill – ‘Gacy’s Place’
Minor Threat – ‘Out Of Step’
Black Flag – ‘I’ve Got To Run’
The Untouchables – ‘Nic Fit’
Iron Cross – ‘Fight Em All’
The Faith – ‘It’s Time’
Void – ‘My Rules’
Negative Approach – ‘Nothing’
Youth Brigade – ‘It’s About Time We Had A Change’
State Of Alert – ‘Gonna Haveta Fight’
Anne Briggs – ‘Go Your Way’
The Fugs – ‘Crystal Liaison’
Jimi Hendrix – ‘Freedom’

With Record Store Day (April 19th) less than a month away, the full list of releases involved in the day have been listed by distributors. Barring a surprise record from Jack White or Led Zeppelin, here is the full list. For Canadians, clickhere to see the exclusive releases to our country.

ARTIST
TITLE
LABEL
FORMAT
HOW MANY

The Allman Brothers
Selections from: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon
Theatre 1992
Legacy
2 x 12″ Vinyl
4000

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Songs from Common Ground
Yep Roc
12″ Vinyl
1900

American Authors/The Mowglis
“In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams Come
True”
Island Def Jam
7″ vinyl

Albert Ammons
“Boogie Woogie Stomp”/”Boogie Woogie Blues”
Blue Note
12″ Vinyl
3000

Anamanaguchi
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Videogame
Soundtrack)
ABKCO
12″ vinyl
2700

The Animals
The Animals EP
ABKCO
10″ vinyl
1800

Atmosphere
The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single
Rhymesayers
12″ Vinyl
2000

Autumn Defense/Josh Rouse
Sentimental Lady / Trouble
Yep Roc
7″ vinyl
1860

Joan Baez
Blessed Are
Vanguard
12″ Vinyl
1500

Bastille
Of The Night Picture Disc
Virgin
10″ vinyl
2000

Beauregarde
Testify
Jackpot Records
7″ vinyl
1000

Between The Buried and Me
Colors_Live
Victory Records
2 x 12″ Vinyl
1400

Big Mama Thornton
Sassy Mama
Vanguard
12″ Vinyl
1500

David Bowie
1984 picture disc
Rhino
7″ vinyl
4000

Charles Bradley
I Hope You Find The Good Life
Daptone Records
12″ vinyl
1500

Brian Jonestown Massacre
BJM SIDE A GOODBYE (BUTTERFLY) / LIONS
RIDE FREE FREEMC SIDE B REBECCA’S WORLD
/ TREMBLING HANDS
A Records
12″ Vinyl
1500

Broken Bells
Holdin On For Life
Columbia
12″ Vinyl
4000

Jake Bugg
Live From Silver Platters
Island Def Jam
12″ Vinyl

Jake Bugg
Live From Silver Platters
Island Def Jam
CD

Built To Spill
Ultimate Alternative Wavers
Modern Classics
12″ Vinyl
4000

Cage The Elephant
Take It Or Leave It
RCA
7″ vinyl
1500

Cancerous Growth
Cancer Causing Agents ; a Cancerous Growth
Discography
Beer City
12″ Vinyl
2000

Eric Carmen
Brand New Year/Starting Over
Legacy
7″ vinyl
2000

Chiodos
R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel
Razor & Tie
7″ vinyl
1400

Chocolate Milk
Action Speaks Louder Than Words
Greenstreets
12″ Vinyl
1000

Christian Death
The Edward Colver Edition
Frontier Records
7″ vinyl
2500

Eric Church
The Outsiders
EMI Records
Nashville
12″ Vinyl
3000

CHVRCHES
Recover EP
Glassnote
12″ vinyl
2500

Circa Survive/Sunny Day Real
Estate
Spilt 7″
Circa Survive
7″ vinyl
2500

The Civil Wars
Live at Eddie’s Attic
Columbia
12″ Vinyl
4000

Clutch/Lionize
Split 7″
Weathermakeer
Music
7″ vinyl
1800

Coldplay
Midnight
Atlantic
7″ vinyl
3000

Sam Cooke
Ain’t That Good News
ABKCO
12″ Vinyl
1800

Creedence Clearwater Revival
The 1969 Singles
Concord
10″ vinyl
5000

Cults
Upstairs at United
453 Music
12″ Vinyl
5000

The Cure/Dinosaur Jr.
Side By Side Series
Rhino
7″ vinyl
5000

Cut Copy
In These Arms of Love/Like Any Other Day
Republic
10″ vinyl
2000

Dave Matthews Band
Live Trax Vol. 4
Bama Rags
Recording, LLC
4 X 12″ Vinyl
1900

Dawes/Conor Oberst
Split 7″
Hub Records/Q
Prime
7″ vinyl
3250

Death Cab For Cutie Featuring
Magik*Magik Orchestra
Live 2012
Barsuk
2 x 12″ vinyl

Deer Tick
Eel Bowel
Partisan Records
7″ vinyl
2000

Deerhoof & Ceramic Dog
Deerhoof/Ceramic Dog split
Northern Spy
7″ vinyl
1000

Devo
Live At Max’s Kansas City–November 15, 1977
Jackpot Records
12″ Vinyl
2000

Devo
Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig
MVD
Vinyl/DVD
1750

Devo/The Flaming Lips
Side By Side Series
Rhino
7″ vinyl
6900

Die Kreuzen
Cows and Beers 7″
Beer City
7″ vinyl
5000

Disclosure
Apollo
Cherrytree/Intersc
ope
12″ Vinyl
2500

The Doors
Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2650

Dream Theater
Illumination Theory
Atlantic
12″ Vinyl
2700

The Dresden Dolls
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2700

Drive-By Truckers
The Dragon Pants
ATO
10″ vinyl
2500

Steve Earle
Townes: The Basics
New West
Records
12″ Vinyl
2000

The Everly Brothers
Songs Our Daddy Taught Us
Varese Sarabande
12″ Vinyl
1500

The Everly Brothers
Roots
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
2700

Ex-Cult
Ties You Up/New Virtues
Goner
7″ vinyl
1000

Fishbone
Fishbone
Asbestos
12″ vinyl
1000

The Flaming Lips
7 Skies H3
Warner Bros.
12″ Vinyl
7100

Fleetwood Mac
Dragonfly/The Purple Dancer
Rhino
7″ vinyl
2600

Foals
Live at Royal Albert Hall
Warner Bros.
12″ Vinyl
3000

Darq E Freaker
Ironside
Tru Thoughts
12″ Vinyl

Frightened Rabbit
Live From Criminal Records
Atlantic
12″ Vinyl
3000

Jerry Garcia
Garcia
ATO/Round
Records
12′ Vinyl
1500

Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation
Varese Sarabande
12″ Vinyl
1500

The Glitch Mob
Drink The Sea/We Can Make The…
Glass Air Records
2 x 12″ Vinyl
1250

Gram Parsons
180 Gram: Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous
Angel
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2800

Grateful Dead
Live at Hampton Coliseum
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
7900

Green Day
Demolicious
Reprise
Cassette

Green Day
Demolicious
Reprise
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2400

Green Day
Demolicious
Reprise
CD

Norman Greenbaum
Spirit in the Sky
Varese Sarabande
12″ Vinyl

Haim
Forever
Columbia
12″ Vinyl
3500

Grant Hart
Every Everything/Something Something
MVD
Vinyl/DVD
1750

Oliver Hart
The Many Faces of Oliver Hart or: How Eye One the
Write Too Think
Rhymesayers
3 x 12″ Vinyl
2000

Donny Hathaway
Live At The Bitter End 1971
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2750

Mayer Hawthorne/Shintaro
Sakamoto
Wine Glass Woman/In A Phantom
Republic
7″ vinyl
2500

Husker Du
Candy Apple Grey
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
1750

Ice T
Greatest Hits
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
2700

Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-
Soul
Easily
Federal Prism
7″ vinyl
1200

Chuck Inglish & Action
Bronson
Gametime
Federal Prism
7″ vinyl
1200

Chuck Inglish & Chance The
Rapper
Glame
Federal Prism
7″ vinyl
1200

Chuck Inglish & Chromeo
Legs
Federal Prism
7″ vinyl
1200

J Spacemand & Kid Millions
Live at La Poisson Lounge
Northern Spy
12″ Vinyl
3000

Jay Z/Linkin Park
Collision Course
Warner Bros.
12″ Vinyl
2500

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Blackheart
Records
12″ Vinyl
4000

The Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion
She’s On It/Jack The Ripper
Mom & Pop
12″ Vinyl
2000

Joy Division
An Ideal For Living (1978)
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
7500

The Julie Ruin
Brightside/In The Picture
Julie Ruin Records
7″ vinyl
2000

Stephen John Kalinich
A World of Peace Must Come
Light in The Attic
12′ Vinyl
1400

Karma To Burnn
Karma To Burn
Metal Blade
12″ Vinyl
1500

Katatonia
Kocytean
Peaceville
12″ Vinyl

Jorma Kaukonen
Quah
Brookvale
Records
12″ Vinyl
2500

Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
RCA
7″ vinyl
2500

Lake Street Dive
What I’m Doing Here/Wedding Band
Signature Sounds
7″ vinyl
3000

Ray LaMontagne
Supernova
RCA
7″ vinyl
2500

Langhorne Slim & The Law
Animal
Ramseur Records
7″ vinyl
1000

The Last Internationale
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Indian Blood
Epic
7″ vinyl
1500

Hamilton Leithauser
Alexandra b/w In the Shadows
Ribbon Music
7″ vinyl
2000

Meade “Lux” Lewis
“Melancholy”/”Solitude”
Blue Note
12″ Vinyl
3000

Link Wray
Slinky/Rendezvous
Sundazed
7″ vinyl
2000

The Litter
Action Woman/A Legal Matter
Sundazed
7″ vinyl
2000

Little Dragon
Klapp Klapp
Loma Vista
12′ Vinyl

Charles Lloyd
Lie at Slug’s In the Far East
Resonance
Records
12″ Vinyl
2000

Machine Head
A New Machine
Nuclear Blast
10″ vinyl
3000

Man Man
The Man in Turban With Blue Face
Ace Fu
12″ Vinyl
2000

Mastodon
Live at Brixton
Reprise
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2000

Jim McCarty (of The Yardbirds)
Frontman
MCM Records
2 x 12″ Vinyl
1000

MKTO
Classic
Columbia
7″ vinyl
1200

Wes Montgomery & The
Montgomery-Johnson Quintet
Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson
Quintet
Resonance
Records
10″ vinyl
2000

Wes Montgomery & The
Montgomery-Johnson Quintet
Live At The Turf Club
Resonance
Records
10″ vinyl
2000

Motorhead
Aftershock
UDR
12″ Vinyl
2500

Mudhoney
On Top
Sub Pop
12″ Vinyl
1700

Mark Mulcahy
Fathering
Mezzotint
12″ Vinyl

Randy Newman
Randy Newman
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
2800

Nirvana
“Pennyroyal Tea”/”I Hate Myself and Want To Die”
Geffen
7″ vinyl
6000

The Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death
Rhino
3 x 12″ Vinyl
4500

The Notwist
Run Run Run
Sub Pop
10″ vinyl
1770

Oasis
Supersonic
Big Brother
Records
12″ Vinyl
3500

Conor Oberst
Hundreds of Ways/Fast Friends
Nonesuch
7″ vinyl
4300

Of Montreal
Jigsaw Puzzle
Polyvinyl Records
7″ vinyl
1500

Of Montreal
Satanic Panic 10th Anniversary
Polyvinyl Records
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2000

OFF
Learn To Obey
Vice
7″ vinyl
2000

William Onyeabor
What?
Luaka Bop
2 x 12″ vinyl
1450

Opeth
Watershed
Roadrunner
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2700

The Orwells
The Righteous One
Atlantic
12″ Vinyl
1500

Ozric Tentacles
Sploosh
Madfish
12″ Vinyl

Jimmy Page & The Black
Crowes
Live At The Greek
TVT Records
3 x 12″ Vinyl
2000

Paramore
Ain’t It Fun
Fueled By Ramen
12″ Vinyl
2700

Dolly Parton
Blue Smoke
Masterworks
7″ vinyl
3500

Katy Perry
Prism Picture Disc
Capitol
12′ Picture Disc
5000

Pinback
Pinback
Ace Fu
12″ Vinyl
2000

Pissed Jeans
The Very Best of SubPop
Sub Pop
10″ vinyl
1170

The Pogues
Live With Joe Strummer
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
3000

Poison Idea/Pantera
Side By Side Series
Rhino
7″ vinyl
4700

Pussy Galore
Pussy Gold 5000
SHOVE
12″ Vinyl
1500

Quantic
You Will Return
Tru Thoughts
7″ vinyl

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Jack Elliott
Vanguard
12″ Vinyl
1500

The Ramones
Meltdown With The Ramones
Rhino
10″ Vinyl
4400

Otis Redding
Pain In My Heart
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
2700

Alexander Robotnick
Vintage Robotnick
Medical Records
12″ Vinyl
1350

Rockabye Baby
Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of David Bowie
Rockabye Baby
12″ Vinyl

RPM Turntable Football
A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM
Microfiche
Records
12″ Vinyl
1000

Bobby Rush
Upstairs at United
453 Music
12″ Vinyl
5000

Skrillex
Recess
Atlantic
Cassette
3000

Slipknot
Vol 3″ The Subliminal Verses
Atlantic
2 x 12″ Vinyl
2600

The Sonics/Mudhoney
Bad Bettie/I Like It Small
Muddy Roots
7″ vinyl
1000

Soundgarden
Superunknown: The Singles
A&M
5 x 10″ box set
3500

Spanish Gold
Out On The Street
BMG
7″ vinyl
1100

Ronnie Spector & The E Street
Band
Say Goodbye To Hollywood/Baby Please Don’t GO
Legacy
7″ vinyl
4000

Regina Spektor
You’ve Got Time
Nonesuch
7″ vinyl
2850

Bruce Springsteen
American Beauty
Columbia
12″ vinyl
7500

The Standells
Dirty Water/Twitchin’
Sundazed
7″ vinyl
2000

The Sunrays
Our Leader/Won’t You Tell Me
Sundazed
7″ vinyl
2000

Tame Impala
Live
Interscope
Vinyl
5000

Tears for Fears
Ready Boys & Girls
TAO
10″ vinyl
3000

The The
Giant (Double A-Side 12″)
Legacy
12″ Vinyl
2000

Type O Negative
Slow, Deep and Hard
Metal Blade
12″ Vinyl
1500

Chad Vangaalen
I Want You Back
Sub Pop
7″ vinyl
2000

Various Artists
The Folk Box 50th Anniversary
Rhino
4 X 12″ Vinyl
2000

Various Artists
The Space Project
Lefse/Fat Possum
CD
2000

Various Artists
Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 2
Medical Records
12″ Vinyl
1350

Various Artists
The Space Project
Lefse/Fat Possum
12″ Vinyl
1140

Various Artists
The Muppet Movie
Walt Disney
Records
12″ Vinyl
2500

Various Artists
The Newport Folk Festival 1963–The Evening
Concerts, Vol. 1
Vanguard
12″ Vinyl
1500

Various Artists
Live From High Fidelity Podcast: The Best of the
Podcast Performances
Omnivore
Recordings
12″ Vinyl
1000

Various Artists
Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day (Volume
1)
ORG Music
12″ Vinyl
4000

Various Artists
Rough Guide To Psychedelic Bollywood
World Music
Network
12″ Vinyl
1200

Various Artists
Rough Guide To Voodoo
World Music
Network
12″ Vinyl
1200

Various Artists
Rough Guide To African Blues
World Music
Network
12″ Vinyl
1200

Various Artists
Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (Vol 1)
World Music
Network
12″ Vinyl
1200

Various Artists
Rough Guide To Mali (2nd Edition)
World Music
Network
12″ Vinyl
1200

The Velvet Underground
Loaded
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
3000

Veruca Salt
Veruca Salt
Minty Fresh
7″ vinyl
1000

Vitamin String Quartet
Vitamin String Quartet Performs Weezer’s Pinkerton
Vitamin String
Quartet
12″ Vinyl

Butch Walker
End Of The World (One More Time) / Battle vs. The
War 10″
Dangerbird
10″ vinyl
3000

Doc Watson
Southbound
Vanguard
12″ Vinyl
1500

White Denim
A Place To Start (Jamie Lidell remix)
Downtown
7″ vinyl
1500

The Wild Feathers
Got It Wrong/Marie
Warner Bros.
7″ vinyl
2000

Hank Williams
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950–Extended Play
Omnivore
Recordings
10″ vinyl
1500

James Williamson
Open Up And Bleed/Give Me Some Skin
Leopard Lady
Records
7″ vinyl
1200

The Yardbirds
Little Games
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
2500

Frank Zappa
“Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”/”Down In De Dew”
Zappa Records
7″ vinyl
3500

Zedd
“Find You” Turn Up Your Night Edition
Interscope
12″ Vinyl
3000

The Zombies
I Love You
Varese Sarabande
12″ Vinyl
2500

The Zombies
Odessey and Oracle
Varese Sarabande
12″ Vinyl

311
311
Columbia
2 x 12″ Vinyl
4000

311
Evolver
Legacy
2 x 12″ Vinyl
3000

Aerosmith
Draw The Line
Legacy
12″ Vinyl
3000

Aerosmith
Night In the Ruts
Legacy
12′ Vinyl
3000

Aerosmith
Rocks
Legacy
12″ vinyl
3000

Aerosmith
Rock in A Hard Place
Legacy
12″ vinyl
3000

Black Angels
Clear Lake Forest
Blue Horizon
10″ vinyl
3500

Black Prairie
Fortune
Sugar Hill
12″ Vinyl
1000

Bok Bok
Come Back to Me/Misfit
Captured Tracks
7″ vinyl
400

Bored Games
Who Killed Colonel Mustard
Flying
Nun/Captured
Tracks
12″ vinyl
400

Botch
Redux
Hydra Head
12″ Vinyl
390

Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown Gets Loaded
AliveNaturalSound
12″ Vinyl

Johnny Cash
With His Hot and Blue Guitar
ORG Music
12″ Vinyl
2000

Cave In
Jupiter LP & Rarities
Hydra Head
12″ Vinyl

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
West of Memphis–The Score
J-2 Music
12″ Vinyl

Michael Chapman
Playing Guitar The Easy Way
Light in The Attic
1450

Childish Gambino
because the internet
Glassnote
12″ Vinyl

Cosmetics
Olympia… Plus
Captured Tracks
12″ vinyl
400

Court Yard Hounds
Amelita
New West
Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Dinosaur, Jr.
Visitors
Numero Group
5 x 7″ vinyl/Book
3000

Fear of Men
Loom
Kanine Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Fun.
Point and Light
Nettwerk Records
10″ vinyl
1500

Garbage
Girls Talk Shit
STUNvolume
10″ vinyl
4000

Jimi Hendrix
Live at Monterey
Legacy
12″ Vinyl
6000

Wanda Jackson
Windy City Redux
Black Country
Rock/Thirty Tigers
7″ vinyl
1000

Rick James
“You and I”/”Fire and Desire”
Motown Records
12″ Vinyl
2000

Shooter Jennings &
Hierophant
The Magic
Black Country
Rock/Thirty Tigers
7″ vinyl
500

Waylon Jennings & Shooter
Jennings
Fenixon
Black Country
Rock/Thirty Tigers
12″ vinyl
1000

Ron Jeremy
Understanding and Appreciating Classical Music
With Ron Jeremy
Black Country
Rock/Thirty Tigers
7″ vinyl
1000

Sharon Jones & The Dap-
Kings
Dap-Dippin’ (remastered)
Daptone Records
12″ Vinyl
1500

Khlyst
Chaos Is My Name
Hydra Head
12″ Vinyl

Phillip King
Skylon
Captured Tracks
7″ vinyl
400

Wayne Kramer & The
Lexington Arts Ensemble
Lexington
Industrial
Amusement
12″ Vinyl
500
THE RELEASES ON THIS LIST ARE EXCLUSIVE ON RECORD STORE DAY BUT WILL BE RELEASED TO OTHER RETAILERS IN THE FUTURE

LCD Soundsystem
The Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsystem Live At
Madison Square Garden)
PLGUK
5 X 12″ Vinyl
3000

Henry Mancini
Soundtrack to Pink Panther
Legacy
12″ vinyl
6000

Dean Martin
Dream With Dean
Legacy
12″ vinyl
2000

Mazzy Star
I’m Less Here
Rhymes of an
Hour
7″ vinyl
3000

Medicine
Part Time Punks Live
Captured Tracks
12″ vinyl
900

MGMT
Oracular Spectacular
Legacy
12″ vinyl
5000

MGMT
Congratulations
Legacy
12″ Vinyl
4000

Milk N Cookies
Not Enough Girls/Nots
Captured Tracks
7″ vinyl
400

The Minus 5
Scott The Hoople In the Dungeon of Horror
Yep Roc
5 X 12″ Vinyl
400

One Direction
Midnight Memories
Columbia
7″ vinyl

Outkast
SOUTHERNPLAYALISTICADILLACMUZIK
Legacy
12″ vinyl
4000

Ray Parker, Jr.
Ghostbusters
10″ vinyl
2000

Jaco Pastorius
Modern American Music…Period (The Criteria
Ta p e s )
Omnivore
Recordings
CD
3000

Jaco Pastorius
Modern American Music…Period (The Criteria
Ta p e s )
Omnivore
Recordings
12″ Vinyl

Phosphorescent
Song for Zula
Dead Oceans
12″ vinyl
1325

Pretty Lights
The Hidden Shades
8 Minute 20
Seconds Records
2750

Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam
12″ Vinyl
2000

Semi Precious Weapons
Aviation
RedZone Records
12″ Vinyl
1000

The Snow
Memory Loss/Joy of Life
Captured Tracks
7″ vinyl
1000

Jill Sobule
Dottie’s Charms
Pinko Records
12″ vinyl
900

Songs: Ohia
Journey On: Collected Singles
Secretly Canadian
12″ Vinyl
800

Thievery Corporation
Untitled
ESL
7″ vinyl
2500

Various Artists
Dunedin Double
Flying
Nun/Captured
Tracks
2 x 12″ Vinyl
800

Various Artists
Todo Muere Vol. 4
Sacred Bones
12″ vinyl
900

Various Artists
South Side Story
Numero Group
CD
500

Various Artists
South Side Story
Numero Group
12″ vinyl
600

Whirlwind Heat
Do Rabbits Wonder?
Third Man
Records
12″ Vinyl

††† (Crosses)
† (One) (Red/Pink Vinyl)
Sumerian
10″ vinyl
1000

††† (Crosses)
†† (Two) (Blue Vinyl)
Sumerian
10″ vinyl
1000

††† (Crosses)
††† (Three) (Yellow Vinyl)
Sumerian
10″ vinyl
1000

Adventure Club
Calling All Heroes
BMG
12″ Vinyl
500

Agitation Free
Shibuya Nights
M.I.G.
2 x 12″ Vinyl
200

Aillacara 2743
No Mate / Para La Libertad
Electric Cowbell
7″ vinyl
400

Alvarius B / Sir Richard Bishop
If You Don’t Like It.. DON’T
Three Lobed
2″ Vinyl
850

August Burns Red
Thrill Seeker
Solid State
12″ Vinyl
900

Autistic Behavior
Shattered Cattle
SRA
12″ Vinyl
500
THE RELEASES ON THIS LIST ARE REGIONAL IN NATURE, OR VERY SMALL RUNS

Badbadnotgood
Can’t Leave The Night/Sustain
innovative Leisure
12″ Vinyl
300

Bardo Pond
Looking For Another Place
Fire Records
12″ Vinyl
200

Bayside
Time Has Come
Hopeless
7″ vinyl
500

Drake Bell
I Won’t Stand In Your Way
Surfdog
7″ vinyl
1000

Betty Who
Heartbreak Dream
RCA
7″ vinyl
650

Bis
Data Panik Etcetera
Do Yourself In
12″ Vinyl
300

Black Lips
Funny
Vice
7″ vinyl
1000

Black Milk
Glitches In The Break
Computer Ugly
12″ Vinyl
1000

Blitzen Trapper
“Hold On”/”On A Dime Woman”
Vagrant
7″ vinyl
1000

Blue Rodeo
Diamond Mine
Rhino
2 x 12″ Vinyl
500

Bonobo
Get Thy Bearings
Late Night Tales
10″ vinyl
500

Breadwinner
Burner
Merge
12″ Vinyl
500

Jon Brion
Paranorman Offiical Soundtrack
Mondo
12″ Vinyl
1000

Buried Alive
The Death of Your Perfect World
Victory Records
12″ Vinyl
900

CAKE
Cake Vinyl Box Set
Upbeat Records
8 x 12″ Vinyl
900

Camera Obscura
4AD Session
4AD
12″ Vinyl
250

Camp Sophisto
Songs in the Praise of Revolution
Cien Fuegos
7″ vinyl
500

Cardinal
Cardinal
Fire Records
12″ Vinyl
300

Neko Case & Jason Lytle
Satellite of Love
Brink
7″ vinyl
1000

Centro-matic
Redo The Stacks
Navigational
Transmissions
12″ Vinyl
500

Dillard Chandler
The End Of An Old Song
Tompkins Square
12″ Vinyl
1000

Close Your Eyes
Prepackaged Hope
Victory Records
7″ vinyl
900

College
Northern Council
Invada
12″ Vinyl
300

Creepoid
Wet
Graveface
Records
12″ Vinyl
450

Dan Croll
Hello My Baby
Capitol
10″ vinyl
1000

Crystal Antlers
We All Gotta Die
innovative Leisure
7″ vinyl
300

The Darcys
Hymn For A Missing Girl
Arts & Crafts
12″ Vinyl
200

DeLux
Life in Time Gets Narrow/Marquee Moon
innovative Leisure
7″ vinyl
300

Brett Dennen
Live at Amoeba
F-Stop
CD
1000

Dessa
Castor The Twin
Doomtree
12″ Vinyl
500

Die Kreuzen
Cows and Beers 12″
Beer City
12′ Vinyl
1000

Dillinger, Trinity, Wayne Wade,
Al Campbell, Junior Tamlin
Five Man Army
King Spinna
12″ Vinyl
500

Django Django
The Porpoise Song
Late Night Tales
7″ vinyl
500

The Dodos
Yours Truly Session
Polyvinyl Recods
7″ vinyl
1000

Earth Crisis
Gomorrah’s Season Ends
Victory Records
12″ Vinyl
900

Caro Emerald
The Shocking Miss Emerald Acoustic Sessions
Grandmono/MRI
12″ Vinyl
500

Eric B. & Rakim
Paid in Full
Get On Down
7″ vinyl
800

Dana Falconberry
Public Hi-Fi Sessions 02
Public Hi-Fi
Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Fang/Symbol Six
Split
Jailhouse Records
12″ Vinyl
400

Fear of Men
Loom
Kanine Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Fenech-Soler
Fenech-Soler Remix EP
SBMC Inc.
12″ Vinyl
500

Sky Ferreira
Night Time, My Time Picture Disc
Capitol
12″ Picture Disc
800

Nico Fidenco
Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne? aka The
Violation Of Emanuelle
Death Waltz
900

The Field
From Here We Go Sublime
Kompakt
12″ Vinyl
1000

Five Finger Death Punch
Purgatory: Tales From The Pit
Prospect Park
12″ Vinyl
900

Chris Forsyth & The Solar
Motel Band
Solar Live 11.15.13
Electric Ragtime
12″ Vinyl
500

Mary Gauthier/Sam Baker
When A Woman Goes Cold/Ditch
7″ vinyl

Ghoul
Hang Ten
Ta n k c r i m e s
12″ Vinyl
500

Gojira
The Way of All Flesh
Prosthetic
12″ Vinyl
350

Dot Hacker
Whatever You Want
ORG Music
7″ vinyl
800

Half Japanese
Volume #11981-87
Fire Records
3 x 12″ Vinyl
500

Mayer Hawthorne
Jaded Inc.
Republic
10″ vinyl
1000

Heatmiser
Dead Air
Burger
Cassette
500

Heatmiser
Cop & Speeder
Burger
Cassette
500

Heatmiser
Yellow No. 5
Burger
Cassette
500

Heavens To Betsy
Calculated
Kill Rock Stars
12″ Vinyl
1000

David Hess
The Last House on the Left
One Way Static
12″ Vinyl
950

Hillsong United
The White Album (Remix Project)
CCMG
2 x 12″ Vinyl
1000

Julia Holter
Don’t Make Me Over
Domino Records
7″ vinyl
700

Howlin Rain/The Donkeys
Easy Sound #3
Easy Sound
Records
7″ vinyl
1000

The Idle Race
The Birthday Party
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
1000

Frank Iero
For Jamia…
Photo Finish
Records
7″ vinyl
500

Insurgence DC
True To Life/Man In Black
Crooked Beat
7″ vinyl
500

Gregory Isaacs
Mr. Know It All / War Of The Stars
Blood And Fire/VP
Records
12″ Vinyl
400

The J’s/Sandy Barber
Record Store Day Special: “When Did You Stop” b/
“I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping On My Own” (Al Kent
Disco Mixes)
BBE
300

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
MILLIONS: Live In Denver
The Royal Potato
Family
12″ Vinyl
500

The JB’s
Food For Thought: The Get On Down Edition
Get On Down
12″ Vinyl
600

Jef Gilson et Malagasy
Gilson et Malagasy Boxset
Jazzman Records
4 x CD
300

Jef Gilson et Malagasy
Gilson et Malagasy Boxset
Jazzman Records
5 X 12″ Vinyl
300

Waylon Jennings/Sanford
Clark
Zia Records Presents: Audio Recorders Archive Vol.
1
Zia Records
500

Glenn Jones
Welcomed Wherever I Go
Thrill Jockey
12″ Vinyl
250

July
July
Rhino
12″ Vinyl
850

Jungle Rot
Kill On Command
Victory Records
12″ Vinyl
900

Khruangbin
A Calf Born In Winter/The Rehearsal That Never
Happened
Late Night Tales
7″ vinyl
200

Kodaline
Coming Up
RCA
7″ vinyl
650

KORN
The Paradigm Shift Picture Disc
Prospekt Park
12′ Vinyl
900

Fela Ransome Kuti & His
Koola
Se E Tun De/Waka Waka
Knitting Factory
7″ vinyl
1000

La Coka Nostra
Mind your Business
Fat Beats/Uncle
Howie Records
7″ vinyl
500

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Days & Nights
In De Goot
Records
7″ vinyl
500

Roy Lanham
My Adobe Hacienda/Lanham Boogie
Sundazed
7″ vinyl
1000

Liars
Mess on a Mission
Mute
12″ Vinyl
1000

Life Without Buildings
Any Other City
What’s Your
Rupture
12″ Vinyl
1000

The Loud One
Time To Skate
Beer City
12″ Vinyl
1000

Lydia Loveless
Mile High/Blind
Bloodshot
7″ vinyl
700

David Lynch
The Air Is On Fire
Sacred Bones
12″ vinyl
1000

Tayla Lynn
Coal Dust/Honky Tonk Girl (Feat. Loretta Lynn)
Victor House
Records
7″ vinyl
1000

Clint Mansell
In The Wall
Death Waltz
900

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Make My Head Sing…
ATO Records
cassette
500

Meadownoise
It’s 4:00
Made In Canada
7″ vinyl
400

Sam Means
Blue Jeans
Photo Finish
Records
7″ vinyl
500

Mel (Produced by Black Milk)
Burning Stones
Computer Ugly
12″ Vinyl
500

Memphis May Fire
The Hollow
Rise Records
12″ Vinyl
700

Middle Class Rut
Factories & Indians
Bright Antenna
7″ vinyl
500

Jenks Miller/James Toth
Roads To Ruin
Three Lobed
2″ Vinyl
700

A Minor Forest
Flemish Altruism/Inindependence
Thrill Jockey
4 X 12″ Vinyl
300

Mobius Strip
Palabras Podridas
Crooked Beat/Left
Out Records
7″ vinyl

The Moles
Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of the
Moles
Fire Records
12″ Vinyl
300

Pharoahe Monch
Get Down
Coalmine Records
7″ vinyl
750

John Morales
Record Store Day Special: “John Morales presents
M&M Mixes Inner Life / Salsoul Orchestra (Record
Store Day Special)”
BBE
300

Peter Murphy
Hang Up
Nettwerk Records
7″ vinyl
750

NAWA
Ancient Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from
Aleppo
Electric
Cowbell/Lost
Origins
12″ Vinyl
400

Neon Neon
Years of Lead
Lex
12″ Vinyl
500

O’ Level
Pseudo Punk
Munster Records
12″ Vinyl
300

John Oates
Stone Cold Love/Close
PS
7″ vinyl
950

Oneohtrix Point Never
Commissions I
Warp
12″ Vinyl
1000

Johnny Osbourne
Give a Little Love
Greensleeves
Records
12″ Vinyl
400

Pagans
What’s This Shit 1977/1979
Thermionic
12″ Vinyl
725

Doug Paisley
Growing Souls
No Quarter
7″ vinyl
300

Papercuts/Rodrigo Amarante
Easy Sound #1
Easy Sound
Records
7″ vinyl
1000

Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal
What’s Your
Rupture
7″ vinyl
1000

Nina Persson
Sometimes
The End
7″ vinyl
950

Nicola Piovani
l Profumo Della Signora In Nero aka The Perfume Of
The Lady In Black
Death Waltz
900

Placebo (Belgium)
1973
Music on Vinyl
12″ Vinyl
1000

Placebo (Belgium)
Ball Of Eyes
Music on Vinyl
12″ Vinyl
1000

Placebo (Belgium)
Placebo
Music on Vinyl
12″ Vinyl
1000

Power Glove
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Invada
12″ Vinyl
300

Pujol
Circles
Saddle Creek
7″ vinyl
700

R.E.M.
Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
Rhino
4 x 12″ vinyl
1000

Radkey
Radkey: Live in London
Little Man Records
cassette
600

Raw Power
Tired and Furious
Beer City
12″ Vinyl
1000

Red Temple Spirits
Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon
Mannequin
Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Red Temple Spirits
If Tomorrow I Were Leaving For Lhasa, I Wouldn’t
Stay A Minute More…
Mannequin
Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Kim Richey
Thorn In My Heart Worktapes Version
Yep Roc
12″ Vinyl
295

Walter Rizzati
1990 I Guerrieri Del Bronx aka The Bronx Warriors
Death Waltz
900

Rodion G.A
Delta Space Mission
STRUT
10″ vinyl
800

Roots Radics
Scientist Meets The Roots Radics
S.S
12″ Vinyl
1000

Nino Rota
Amarcord (Soundtrack to 1973 Fellini film)
Music on Vinyl
12″ Vinyl
500

Sam Roberts Band
We’re All In This Together/Shapeshifters
Paper Bag
Records
7″ vinyl
500

Saturday Looks Good To Me
Love Will Find You
Polyvinyl Recods
12″ Vinyl
500

Saturday Looks Good To Me
Saturday Looks Good To Me
Polyvinyl Recods
12″ Vinyl
500

School of Seven Bells
Put Your Sad Down
Vagrant
12″ Vinyl
300

Shampoo Boy
Nebel/Nadel
Substance
Records
12″ Vinyl
750

Sharpling & Wurster
Rock, Rot & Rule
Flannelgraph
Records
12″ Vinyl
1000

Shocking Blue
Send Me A Postcard / Harley Davidson
Music on Vinyl
7″ vinyl
750

Siriusmo & Anstam
Jaja/Muckefuck
Monkeytown
10″ vinyl
300

Omar Souleyman
Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria
Sublime
Frequencies
12″ Vinyl
800

Southern Culture on the Skids
Party at my Trouse
Yep Roc
7″ vinyl
950

Spacemen 3
Translucent Flashbacks
Fire Records
3 x 12″ Vinyl
300

The Specials
Sock It To Em J.B./Rat Race
Rhino
7″ vinyl
1000

Spoon
Loveways
Merge
12″ Vinyl
700

Wesley Stace
Ovid In Exile
Yep Roc
12″ Vinyl
450

Harry Dean Stanton
Partly Fiction
Omnivore
Recordings
7″ vinyl
1000

Max Steiner
King Kong (Original 1933 Motion Picture Score)
Music on Vinyl
7″ vinyl
1000

The Stranglers
Peaches/Go Buddy Go
Rhino
7″ vinyl
1000

Strife
In This Defiance
Victory Records
12″ Vinyl
900

Suburban Mutilation
The Opera Ain’t Over Til The Fat Lady Sings
Beer City
12″ Vinyl
1000

Moses Sumbey
Scratch The Surface/Forlorn Fantasy
B3SCI Records
7″ vinyl
500

Sun Ra
Outer Spaceware
ORG Music
12″ Vinyl
1000

Surfer Blood
Pythons Demos
Kanine Records
12″ Vinyl
1000

Teenage Filmstars
(There’s A) Cloud Over Liverpool
Munster Records
12″ Vinyl
300

Teeth of the Sea
A Field In England: Reimagined
Rocket Recording
12″ Vinyl
300

The Thing
Boot EP
The Thing
Records
7″ vinyl
750

Throwing Snow
Mosaic VIPs
Houndstooth
12″ Vinyl
300

Imarhan Timbuktu
Akal Waried
Clermont Music
12″ Vinyl
300

TORRES/Motel Beds
The Harshest Light
Misra Records
7″ vinyl
300

Toxic Reason
Live Berkeley Square: December 1981
Beer City
12″ Vinyl
1000

Toxic Reason
War Hero
Beer City
7″ vinyl
1000

Toxic Reason
Ghost Town
Beer City
7″ vinyl
1000

Alexander Tucker
Alexander Tucker
Thrill Jockey
12″ Vinyl
100

The UN
UN or U Out
Fat Beats
12″ Vinyl
500

Various Artists
Non Violent Femmes
Kanine Records
12″ Vinyl
700

Various Artists
The Re-Organization of Pop: A ZTT 7-inch Box Set
Razor & Tie
10 x 7″ vinyl
900

Various Artists
DJ Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist USA
Cultures of Sound
7 x 7″ vinyl
600

Various Artists
Taang Records: The First 10 Singles
Taang Records
10 x 7″ vinyl/CD
900

Various Artists
The Space Project
Lefse/Fat Possum
750

Various Artists
The Space Project
Lefse/Fat Possum
500

Various Artists
Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy
Misra Records
12″ Vinyl
800

Various Artists
Faux Real
Father/Daughter
Records
12″ Vinyl
500

Various Artists
If 2.0
Ninja Tune
3 x 12″
800

Various Artists
Pop Yeh Yeh – Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and
Malaysia 1964-1970: Vol. 1
Sublime
Frequencies
2 x 12″ Vinyl
1000

Various Artists
The Space Project
Lefse/Fat Possum
5 x 7″ box set
600

Various Artists
The End of All Music Presents…
The End of All
Music
Cassette
250

Various Artists
Dance Mania EP
STRUT
12″ Vinyl
500

Various Artists
Breaking Glass: Garage Rock From Toledo, Ohio
Culture Clash
Records

Vetiver/Eric D. Johnson
Easy Sound #2
Easy Sound
Records
7″ vinyl
1000

Villagers
Occupy Your Mind
Domino Records
7″ vinyl
350

Mike Watt w/il sogno del
marinaio
Mud Puddle/We Come To Learn
ORG Music
7″ vinyl
1000

We Must Dismantle All This
Decathect
Profane Existence
12″ Vinyl
50

Paul Weller
Brand New Toy
Virgin/Harvest
7″ vinyl
350

Bob Wills and his Texas
Playboys
Transcriptions
Real Gone Music
12″ Vinyl
950

Johnny Winter
Live Bootleg Special Edition
Friday Music
12″ Vinyl
1000

Xiu Xiu
Unclouded Sky
Polyvinyl Recods
12″ Vinyl
1000

Young Jessie
Don’t Happen No More
Jazzman Records
12″ Vinyl
750

Alexiz Zoumbas
A Lament for Epirus 1926-1928
Angry Mom
Records
12″ Vinyl
333

The ability to write legibly.

The ability to write legibly.

Let’s face it: Handwriting is basically over. Looking at old birthday cards from your grandparents makes them seem like professional calligraphers. Your handwriting, on the other hand, looks like you were writing while riding a horse that was fed nothing but Red Bull.

Memorizing more than two phone numbers.

13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don't

Go ahead and write five phone numbers you have memorized. Can’t do it, can you? Your grandparents memorized every family member, best friend, plus the local movie theater number (how else were they supposed to know when movies were playing?). You just plug numbers into your phone and are then forced to ask everyone on Facebook to send you their number when you lose said phone.

Knowing how to use a phone book.

13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don't
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This was your grandparents’ Google. Need a dentist? Phone book. Prank call your teacher? Phone book. It used to be you weren’t anybody until you were “in” the phone book. Now you’re not somebody unless you have your own reality show.

The ability to read and use a real, handheld, paper map.

The ability to read and use a real, handheld, paper map.

Fox / Via simpsoncrazy.com

Unless you’re Dora the Explorer, the last map you held was probably the one they give you at Disneyland. Even then you probably got lost on your way to Splash Mountain. Your grandparents, however, could plan a trip across the country using only a map, a pen, and a few gas station attendants along the way. Now that’s traveling.

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From Mental Floss:

This is Spinal Tap may not have invented the mockumentary genre, but it certainly popularized it. Released 30 years ago, Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy—which starred Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer—turned the fictional heavy metal band of its title into bona fide musical superstars. It also called into question what the exact dimensions of an on-stage Stonehenge should be.

THE FILM HIT TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR MANY FAMOUS MUSICIANS.

“We do love that, the musicians who have said, ‘Man, I can’t watch Spinal Tap, it’s too much like my life,’” Harry Shearer says in John Kenneth Muir’s book, Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest and Company. “That’s the highest compliment of all. It beats all the Oscar nominations we never got.” It’s a compliment the movie’s cast and crew hear quite often. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Eddie Vedder, and Dee Snider are just a few of the musicians who have referenced similarities between their own lives and the movie’s plot.

IT MADE TOM WAITS AND THE EDGE CRY.

Tom Waits once said that when he watched the film for the first time, he cried because of its realism. The Edge shared a similar sentiment in 2005, when U2 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “It’s so hard to keep things fresh, and not to become a parody of yourself,” the legendary guitarist told the crowd of onlookers. “And if you’ve ever seen that movie Spinal Tap, you will know how easy it is to parody what we all do. The first time I ever saw it, I didn’t laugh. I wept. I wept because I recognized so much and so many of those scenes.”

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From 99u

While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of others.

In our day-to-day lives it is easy to miss the forest for the trees and look over some of the smaller, simpler things that can disproportionally affect our happiness levels. Luckily, we can go off more than just our intuition; there are lots of studies that aim for finding the right behavior that leads to a happier life. Below, we take a look at some of the more actionable advice.

1. Be Busy, But Not Rushed

Research shows that being “rushed” puts you on the fast track to being miserable. On the other hand, many studies suggest that having nothing to do can also take its toll, bad news for those who subscribe to the Office Space dream of doing nothing.

The porridge is just right when you’re living a productive life at a comfortable pace. Meaning: you should be expanding your comfort zone often, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. Easier said than done, but certainly an ideal to strive towards.

Feeling like you’re doing busywork is often the result of saying “Yes” to things you are not absolutely excited about. Be sure to say “No” to things that don’t make you say, “Hell yeah!” We all have obligations, but a comfortable pace can only be found by a person willing to say no to most things, and who’s able to say “Yes” to the rightthings.

You should be expanding your comfort zone often, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.

2. Have 5 Close Relationships

Having a few close relationships keeps people happier when they’re young, and has even been shown to help us live longer, with a higher quality of life. True friends really are worth their weight in gold. But why five relationships? This seemed to be an acceptable average from a variety of studies. Take this excerpt from the bookFinding Flow:

National surveys find that when someone claims to have 5 or more friends with whom they can discuss important problems, they are 60 percent more likely to say that they are ‘very happy’.

The number isn’t the important aspect here, it is the effort you put into your relationships that matters. Studies show that even the best relationships dissolve over time; a closeness with someone is something you need to continually earn, never treat it as a given. Every time you connect with those close to you, you further strengthen those bonds and give yourself a little boost of happiness at the same time. The data show that checking in around every two weeks is the sweet spot for very close friends.

3. Don’t Tie Your Happiness to External Events

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. —C.S. Lewis

Self-esteem is a tricky beast. It’s certainly good for confidence, but a variety ofresearch suggests that self-esteem that is bound to external success can be quite fickle. For example, certain students who tied their self-esteem to their grades experienced small boosts when they received a grad school acceptance letter, but harsh drops in self-esteem when they were rejected.

Tying your happiness to external events can also lead to behavior which avoids failure as a defensive measure. Think of all the times you tell yourself, “It doesn’t matter that I failed, because I wasn’t even trying.”  The key may be, as C.S. Lewis suggests, to instead think of yourself less, thus avoiding the trap of tying your self-worth to external signals.

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From Mental Floss:

IMAGE CREDIT:
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It’s hard to picture what today’s teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required gasoline, perhaps?) Who knows how automobiles will change in the future; what we do know is how different they are today from 30 or more years ago. If you fondly remember being surrounded by two or three tons of solid Detroit steel with a whip antenna on the front from which you could tie a raccoon tail or adorn with an orange Union 76 ball, and enough leg room that you didn’t suffer from phlebitis on long road trips, then you might also miss a few of these.

1. BENCH SEATS

 

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The last American production model car to offer a bench seat in the front, the Chevy Impala, will cease doing so after this year. Back before seat belts were even included in cars—much less mandatory to wear—three passengers could fit comfortably in the front of most cars, or four if one was a child or a skinny relative. Many sly males took advantage of the seat design while driving with a female companion; a quick, unexpected sharp turn made with his right arm resting on the seat back sent the lady sliding right into his embrace.

2. TAILFINS

 

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Tailfins were the brainchild of General Motors design chief Harley Earl. The first fins appeared on the 1948 Cadillac, inspired by the WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane. By the late 1950s, most folks had shrugged off the war and were fixated instead on all things space-age. Tailfins grew to enormous proportions, giving cars a futuristic look.

3. ASHTRAYS

 

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Ashtrays were commonly found in the dashboard (along with an electric lighter), mounted on the back of the front seat, and in the armrests on opposite sides of the back seat. Even if you weren’t a smoker, the tray in the dash was handy for storing coins, and the rear ones were handy receptacles for candy wrappers and discarded chewing gum. If you want an ashtray in your new car, ask for the Smoker’s Package.

Continue reading the rest of the story on Mental Floss

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Still writing The Great American Novel on the typewriter or longhand?

You’re not alone, and using throwback technology isn’t necessarily an impediment to success if these ten writers are anything to go by.

From Mashable:

Quentin Tarantino

The famed director, who writes his own screenplays, pens his masterpieces with actual pens.

“My ritual is, I never use a typewriter or computer. I just write it all by hand. It’s a ceremony. I go to a stationery store and buy a notebook — and I don’t buy like 10. I just buy one and then fill it up. Then I buy a bunch of red felt pens and a bunch of black ones, and I’m like, ‘These are the pens I’m going to write Grindhouse with,’” he said in an interview with Reuters.

Danielle Steel

The illustrious romance novelist, currently the bestselling author alive, has one mainstay she uses to type up her more than 100 books.

An interview with the Roanoke Times revealed Steel writes all her books on a 1946 Olympia manual typewriter, during a 20-hour writing shift.

“There are people who show up nicely dressed, they work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I can’t do that,” she says. “Sometimes I don’t leave my house for two or three weeks.”

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Once you have your first relationship, everything changes and you hope to bring your experiences and what you’ve learned into the next one. You also start learn things you can’t unlearn. Here’s some things you wish you knew before you started dating.

From Lifehack:

Only you can define yourself.

You are not defined by your boyfriend or girlfriend. A person needs to be confident of him or herself before entering any kind of serious relationship. You need to be happy with the person you are and the choices you make when you are alone. Do not depend on another person to make you feel good.

Never neglect your friends or family for the sake of a dating relationship.

A great way to ruin amazing friendships is to ditch your friends for a boy or girl. Believe you me! Your family and friends were there first. Don’t think you can ignore them and they will still be waiting around for you if your relationship fails. Make time for your other relationships as it’s good to have a wide network as opposed to only one person in your life.

You do not always live happily ever after.

Sadly, high school relationships statistically only last long term 2% of the time. This is hard to understand when you are young and your hormones are making you dizzy and sick with love. No one and nothing else could ever get in the way of your love! Ever! No matter how wonderful a relationship might seem, if you are too young to know what you want, it might not last.

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This is part 17 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.

Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.

Chris Budd, Bearsuit Publishing / Indie Music Filter
Takk…, Sigur Rós

Sigur-Ros“This record crept up on me and became the soundtrack to my life in a time when I really opened my ears to music. A newbie to genres in and around post rock, a fell pretty hard for this bands’ ability to build to those fantastic HUGE music moments, then flow seamlessly into stunningly beautiful ambiance. A record that’s not for everyone (for those who want to understand lyrics maybe), but one that is truly meant to be heard with your eyes closed.”

 

 

Jiggley Jones, alt.country Singer/Songwriter
Decade, Neil Young

90913295“I am a big fan of Neil, especially his “older” stuff. I never get tired of it and this collection covers a lot of ground throughout the 70″s. There are 35 songs on it so how can ya beat that. I remember when I was a teenager, sitting in the middle of the night on this big hill that overlooked the city that I grew up near, listening to this entire collection over and over again as I looked down at the lighted city below. A little bit of partying going on and a lot of reflection.”

 

Curtis Sindrey, Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Magazine Toronto
OK Computer, Radiohead

radiohead-ok_computer-cover-300x300When Radiohead released OK Computer, in May 1997, they took their sound to a new plateau with tracks like the darkly humorous, anti-yuppie, prog-rock single “Paranoid Android”, to the hauntingly mystifying “Karma Police” to the cold, distant robotic voice on “Fitter Happier”. If you’ve ever felt alone within our technology-driven world, where people are more concerned about their Twitter followers or Facebook likes, OK Computer acted as your rebellious anthem as it did mine. I first heard it on a burnt CD when I was 16 and it transported me into a place I couldn’t define and a sound I couldn’t describe and I wanted to return every chance I had. OK Computer was my first introduction to the sonic enigma that is Radiohead, and even now as a twentysomething, I am no closer to figuring them out. Although Thom Yorke sings about everyday life, it takes more than one listen and even more listens after that to fully appreciate the brilliance.

 

Tom Funk, Green Chile Revival & Medicine Show, KGLP Gallup
There Ain’t No Easy Road, Fred Eaglesmith

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Tremendous writing, tremendous musicianship and always good no matter how many times I’ve listened to it. It’s a treasure.
 

 

 

Shawn PT, Chief Author and Editor of the Canadian Music Blog
Siberia, Lights

download (2)I had heard about this work via the artist’s postings on Twitter. Someone had uploaded the audio onto YouTube, and I clicked the play button. As soon as those ethereal opening synth riffs began playing and the beat kicked in, I felt the icy chill of snowflakes roll up my spine. About 30 seconds later, I grabbed my shoes and jogged over to HMV. I had forgotten to check first if they had any copies in stock and had to keep my fingers crossed. Luckily, they had a few discs. I popped the CD into the drive with hands trembling in excitement. I sat transfixed throughout the full length of the album, enjoying song after song. I was so amazed at the brilliant songwriting, the richness of sonic flavours blended together, the skilled production, and inspired lyrics, and at the center of it all, I heard the voice of an angel. I had not felt such awe over an album as a whole for a very long time. As the days, weeks, and months passed by, my admiration of this masterpiece of music and true work of art did nothing but grow. It permeated every crevice of my soul until I had found my true love, a humble, Canadian, electronic, indie rock record called Siberia by Lights.