The story of Big Star will finally hit the big screen in the feature-length documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (for information on the film, please visit Magnolia Pictures). After years in the making, the movie will open in theaters, On Demand and on iTunes, July 3. A week before that, we’ll be releasing the soundtrack featuring 22 tracks, all of which are previously unissued versions of classic Big Star songs! It will be available on CD, digital and a double-LP (standard weight, black vinyl). Pre-order now!
There’s a reason it’s called RECORD Store Day… Yes, April 20th will be this year’s Record Store Day, and we here at Omnivore are ready to deliver. Three titles in fact.
First up, we have a 2-LP, 180-gram, colored vinyl, limited edition pressing of the Big Star soundtrack, Nothing Can Hurt Me, from the documentary opening this summer.
Next up, a double 7” on colored vinyl form Old 97′s featuring two tracks with Waylon Jennings.
Third, well, that’d be a colored vinyl 12” E.P. from North Carolina’s Three Hits, whose 1981 Hib-Tone single happened to be produced by Don Dixon, and whose band line-up included Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz!
If the colored vinyl isn’t enough, all releases also include download cards so you can also play the tunes on your digital whatchamajigs!
For more info, check out this handy dandy video.
If you’re at SXSW next week, be sure to see the work-in-progress screening of Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story. If you’ve not seen the trailer yet, check it out here.
Following the screening will be an incredible live performance of Third with an all-star band comprised of not only Big Star’s Jody Stephens and the dB’s Chris Stamey, but also Mike Mills and Peter Buck from R.E.M., Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, as well as Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. Who knows who else will turn up? This ensemble will also be accompanied by a string section. A special night indeed!
So this is probably going to be last call on a few of the Big Star and Alex Chilton webstore exclusives. We have a few of the Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition] clear vinyl sets left. There were only 500 made. We are also running low on the Alex Chilton vinyl bundle which includes the already sold out clear vinyl LP plus a bonus 7″ single. Check out the shop for those plus we are now taking pre-orders on both the Alex Chilton’s Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions on black vinyl, and Jellyfish Bellybutton and Spilt Milk on 180-gram black vinyl. These will be in stock shortly.
We couldn’t be happier that not one, but two of Omnivore’s releases from 2011 have been nominated in the 11th Independent Music Awards for Album Reissue! Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition] and The Motels Apocalypso are up for awards in the Reissue category. Two of the six nominees are Omnivore Recordings projects! Double cool!
If that isn’t crazy cool enough, Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition] picks up a second nod for Album Packaging designed by none other than Omnivore’s very own Greg Allen!
Please head over to those links, and sign up to vote, It sure would be swell to bring one of these home. Excellent wall decor to be sure!
Why Omnivore, that’s who! Vinyl does rule and you folks are helping us preach the gospel. Thanks to all of you, we saw Jellyfish hit #11 with Spilt Milk and lucky #13 with Bellybutton. The awesome Alex Chilton hit #15 with Free Again: The “1970” Sessions.
Speaking of Alex, dig this awesome NPR piece on good ol’ #15…
Today’s Top Tune from KCRW is from our forthcoming Alex Chilton title Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions coming January 10, 2012! “Come On Honey” is a free download today only, so head on over to KCRW’s site for an advance taste of what’s coming in January! Of course, you may pre-order right here in our shop and if you’re a vinyl lover, be sure to order the exclusive LP/7″ bundle limited to 500 pieces, it features the clear vinyl LP and a 7″ single in a custom picture sleeve of two alternate versions of the previously unreleased song, “All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain!”
Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions are the first solo recordings from a post-Box Tops/pre-Big Star Alex Chilton. The album, mixed and engineered by Terry Manning, will be released as a 20-track CD featuring six previously unreleased songs, and 12-track LP. The first 1,500 LPs will be pressed on limited-edition clear vinyl (black vinyl thereafter).The album will also be available digitally at all major online retailers, as well as the Omnivore Recordings webstore.
A special Omnivore webstore exclusive bundles 500 clear vinyl LPs with a bonus 7″ that includes the original and demo versions of the previously unreleased “All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain.”
Here’s a first listen to the track “The EMI Song (Smile For Me)” (Original Mono Mix).
Limited-edition of 500 copies pressed on 180-gram CLEAR vinyl
The Omnivore webstore is now open and you may now purchase Omnivore Recordings releases directly from us!
As our first webstore exclusive, we are releasing 500 copies of Big Star’s Third [Test Pressing Edition] pressed on 180-grm clear vinyl. Same awesome cut and pressing as the black vinyl Record Store Day version, same cool inserts, same cool packaging—a second bite of the apple for those who got shut out on Record Store Day! Limit one per customer, so everyone has a shot. We’re doing this as a huge thank you for being in on the ground floor with us early. So, go get them now! When they’re gone, they’re gone for real. No, we didn’t do any other (or different) crazy color pressings.
Here’s the story: You’re probably aware that back in April, Omnivore’s very first two releases were exclusives for Record Store Day. All copies of Big Star’s legendary album, Third [Test Pressing Edition] and all the copies of our yellow vinyl Buck Owens 7″ “Close Up The Honky Tonks”/”My Heart Skips A Beat” (both early versions) blew off the shelves quicker than quick. It was the biggest Record Store Day yet, and we were really happy to make our debut then and contribute to a great day. (In fact, our Big Star package wound up pictured in Rolling Stone alongside the story about how successful RSD was this year—cool!).
Back when we manufactured the 180-gram black vinyl Big Star package, we also manufactured an additional 500 on 180-gram clear vinyl. Why? So we could offer them to you as the first exclusive made especially for our webstore! Unfortunately, 14 copies escaped the warehouse while we were getting the webstore ready. We were contacted by some of the lucky folks who scored a copy, and we know there have been questions about their legitimacy and origin, we just couldn’t talk about the clear vinyl versions… until now!
We’ll be carrying all our releases in the store, plus there will be exclusives like this one from time to time. We’ll tell our mailing list about them first (and sometimes only)—so if you wanna be in early when we release limited cool things, make sure you’re signed up now and tell all your record-loving pals too.
Thanks very much!
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search For A Kool Place original film score album available now and only $7.99.
You can order from our webstore
On August 16, we will release our very first digital-only film score to the cool Ken Kesey documentary Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search For A Kool Place. The score is by David Kahne and some of the tracks include spoken word passages by Kesey himself. It’s a great jazzy, psychedelic sountrack and we hope you check it out! The documentary is in theaters starting August 5. Check out the official website for info, trailer and theater locations.