Radio-Active Records, our partner in the Bright Eyes Give-Away and Ft. Lauderdale’s music shop for all things obscure and vinyl, has called in the Blank Dogs to rock Record Store Day 2011 on April 16. The post-punk project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Mike Sniper will headline a tremendous lineup that features Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys and the Axe & the Oak, and Tampa’s Merchandise.
Sniper is the founder of the Captured Tracks label, which has released albums by Thee Oh Sees, Beach Fossils, and Wild Nothing. An inventive bedroom rocker who took to performing his glut of material less than three years ago, he will also be performing at BAR downtown on April 17.
Per the tradition of Record Store Day exclusives, Radio-Active is releasing a two-track Axe & the Oak limited edition 45 featuring “Vampire” and “Dancing on the Grave”. Only 300 copies were pressed on black virgin vinyl, with artwork by Richard Vergez, the designer responsible for Radio-Active’s badass logo. The release will “most likely” include a download and possibly a bonus CD, says Radio-Active’s chief record buyer Mikey Ramirez.
Ramirez says the Axe & The Oak release may mark Radio-Active’s foray into the record label biz.
“We will see where it goes from here,” Ramirez says. “We believe in the band [Axe & The Oak] and wanted to do this. Plus since we’ve been on the retail end of it for so long, we know the techniques and marketing strategies on how to sell a record. It’s essentially a low-risk project because the band has given us the material that we can stand behind. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have done it. But we believe in the band, and it’s a good starting ground for us to see if this is something we can expand on in the coming months/years.”
Other Radio-Active RSD2011 goodies include:
— Limited edition RSD2011 silkscreened poster
— 10% off of all merchandise for the day (excluding RSD product)
— Onsite vending from headphone manufacturer Skullcandy, with giveaways, games, product discounts, etc.
— Thousands of new and used LPs/CDs in stock specifically for RSD
— 4 for $1 LP sidewalk sale
— Concert ticket giveaways throughout the day courtesy of LiveNation & Revolution
— Turntable raffles
— Limited edition RSD2011 t-shirts printed on site by Squeegee Science
— Limited-edition RSD2011 exclusive releases from Superchunk, Yeasayer, Antony & the Johnsons, and more (pre-order them online)
Stay tuned for more news on RSD2011 in South Florida, especially what Sweat Records has in store.