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Record Store Day Preview!

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of “the culture of the independently owned record store” has grown steadily since its inaugural event at a handful of stores in 2008, and despite pandemic-necessitated schedule changes, the choice and scope of available albums is truly astounding for this year’s event.

Rather than a single day there are three  local store “drops” (with a fourth just added on Black Friday) which each feature a new selection of limited edition releases, reissues, rarities, and more. For the third drop this Saturday October 24th, our Managing Producer Desiré Moses shares some suggested to add to your collection and read below for other highlights from our friendly local record purveyors at Plan 9 Music and Sidetracks Music! Read up on the full list at www.recordstoreday.com

Desire Moses, WNRN

Neal Casal, Fade Away Diamond Time
This is the first vinyl release of the influential guitarist’s 1995 debut album, which was produced by Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty). Throughout his career, Casal worked with a variety of musical heavyweights including Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, Lucinda Williams, Chris Robinson and the Jayhawks. In the wake of his untimely death last year, this Record Store Day release is a must-have. Pressed onto green vinyl in support of the Mindful Vinyl campaign, a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Jed Foundation, which works to prevent teen suicide through emotional health support.

Johnny Cash, Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series – Early Mixes (1987)
Tapping into newly-discovered tapes from Mercury Records’ archives, this exclusive Record Store Day release features never-before-heard mixes of some of Cash’s most notorious material. The Limited Edition Double LP features early takes of classics like “I Walk The Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Get Rhythm.”

Miles Davis, Double Image: Rare Miles From the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
With its genre-bending medley of jazz, funk, soul, and rock, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (1970) remains one of the most seminal albums of all time. (Including Chick Corea on keys and Wayne Shorter on soprano sax!) This double album boasts early recordings from the Bitches Brew sessions, compiled together for the first time as a standalone release on opaque red vinyl.

Jim Bland, Plan 9 Music

(Plan 9 has lottery-reserved shopping windows on Record Store Day, and first-come-first-serve walk in shopping starting at 11am)

Beck “No Distraction/Uneventful Days 7”
Featuring never-before-heard Khruangbin remix for “No Distraction” as well as previously released “Uneventful Days (St. Vincent Remix)”

Alice Cooper “Live Glasgow 1982”
Most of the live versions unreleased includes “Eighteen” Billion Dollar Babies”, “School’s Out”

Grateful Dead “Live Buffalo 5/9/77- 5 LP set
Features arguably the best-ever renditions of “Help>Slip>Franklin’s” and “Comes A Time” from original board tapes

Bob Mould “Circle of Friends”
Audio of the concert film, available on vinyl for the first time. Recorded in 2006 at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C,

Frank Zappa “You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore”
From a sampler for mult-volume set, hand picked live performances from his legendary Vault.

Cal Glattfelder, Sidetracks Music

(Sidetracks is open 10am-4pm on Saturday, w/limited in-person capacity)

Lou Reed and John Cale, Songs for Drella
30th anniversary edition of Lou Reed and John Cale’s tribute to mentor Andy Warhol

Rory Gallagher, Cleveland Calling
A previously unreleased radio session recorded at WNCR in Cleveland on August 7th,1972, featuring an 8-song acoustic session and interview with DJ Carolyn Thomas.

Alejandro Escovedo, La Cruzada
Alejandro Escovedo’s acclaimed concept album The Crossing with vocals re-recorded in Spanish.

The Who, A Quick Live One
The Who’s incendiary live performance at the legendary 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, available for the first time on vinyl

2020-10-26T10:17:14-04:00October 21st, 2020|Miscellaneous|

Win Rocktober Prizes From WNRN!

With our tongue planted firmly in check (but our devil horn fingers fully extended!) we’ll pay homage to classic rock’s favorite month … yep, it’s time again for Rocktober! Tune in for special classic rock-inspired editions of Decade of Difference, Take 2 @ 2, Live at 5, and get into the spirit with our #WNRNrocks contest by sharing a pic with your favorite rock album and the hashtag #WNRNrocks for a chance to win some great Rocktober prizes (see below!).

To WIN Rocktober Prizes

We’ll help you turn your sound system up to 11 with your chance to win prizes like a a Rega Planar 1 turntable, a JBL PartyBox 100 bluetooth speaker (courtesy of Crutchfield), a signed LP prize pack, gift cards to local record stores like Sidetracks Music and Plan 9 Records, copies of our Dead Air & Dead Air II LPs and more! Enter by Becoming a member  month – or – Take a picture of yourself with your favorite classic rock album and share it with the hashtag #WNRNrocks and we’ll announce winners later this month!

2020-10-16T15:42:04-04:00October 16th, 2020|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Thanks For Making Our Fall Fund Drive A Success!

With your help we have reached the fundraising goal for our Fall Fund Drive! Thanks to all of our new and renewing members who make independent music radio happen on WNRN. If you would like to become a member, it’s not too late! Click on the button below to become a Member (one-year membership) or to become an Evergreen (auto-renewing) Member

Become A Member
2020-10-20T14:35:45-04:00October 3rd, 2020|Miscellaneous|

Re-Live World Cafe’s Sense Of Place: Virginia!

The World Cafe team from WXPN spent a week in Central Virginia last November with WNRN gathering audio for their Sense of Place series. The crew split their time between Charlottesville and Richmond, exploring the expansive, tight-knight music scenes.


2020-10-01T11:32:10-04:00September 27th, 2020|World Cafe|