For the fourth year in a row, I am the Artist Wrangler/Associate Producer of a record about records, “7 Inches in Heaven“. It’s a 7” 33 & 1/3 rpm compilation record filled with songs about records.
For the past four years, I’ve helped my pal DJ Belinda of the Bubbles in the Think Tank radio show make a compilation record for Record Store Day. Each year we get six musicians to contribute unreleased songs and get a couple of artists to create artwork for the labels and record jacket – all of it donated. Then we fund the initial record printing via a Kickstarter campaign and … voila … we end up with a limited run of 300 records. Half the proceeds from the record go to community radio station WMFO (91.5FM in Medford, MA) and the other half helps us make future records.
You can pre-order “7 Inches in Heaven” right now and we’ll ship it to you as soon as we have it in our hot little hands. We’re planning a packing & shipping party for Saturday which should get most of the records to purchasers in time for Record Store Day (Saturday April 18), so please go visit love.bubblesinthethinktank.com and buy the record – it’s a labor of love that we would love to share with you.
We’re pretty thrilled with this year’s record – as Belinda put it, it’s one of the best four records we’ve ever done! We have music from:
Dot Wiggin Band – that’s Dot Wiggin from The Shaggs – their album “Philosophy of the World” is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Most Influential Albums of All Time”
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Eric is probably best known for the classic Stiff Records track “Whole Wide World” and Amy for her album “Diary of a Mod Housewife” – together they’ve been making music together for 8 years.
Zoë Lewis – Zoe’s one of my favorite entertainers – a real joyful performer. The Boston Herald said Zoe mixes “Quirky lyrics, a little jazz, a little salsa, and a lot of enjoyment”
J. Cournoyer– You may know him from Calamity J and the Giants, drummer for any number of Cape Cod greats (Spampinato Brothers, Link Montana, High Kings, Lester), or even playing with Mumble & Peg(!). Now you will know him as a member of the Bubbles in the Think Tank Stable of Stars!
The Marconis – the newest project of Sal Baglio of The Stompers, Woodpeckers and, often The Catbirds! A musician with a bag o’ songs and one ol’ soft shoe…
And introducing that up and comer Chandler Travis – John Donohue of The New Yorker says that Chandler writes “playful original songs that mix mind-bending wordplay with jazz, shimmering rock, and horn-fuelled R & B.”
This package promises to be one you’ll never want to put down with the incredible cover designed by Courtney Waite and the most fabulous label and vinyl from J.D. King.
Oh, and there are bonus download songs included!
We have 2015 version of Fred “Freddy” Stockwell’s “Hooray For Record Store Day”, this year performed by the enigmatic Swampy Junior & Swami.
The Tom Hambridge song “12 Inches”, which was co-written by the aforementioned Sal Baglio.
And two versions of one of the all-time great songs about records, “Records Go ‘Round”. We have the original version recorded by Men & Volts from the belatedly released “Boomtown” (recorded c1984, released 2015!) and we a recording by then 9-year old Jack Moriarity on guitar & vocals with his dad Pat on drums – believe-you-me, it’s chock-full of youthful exuberance!
So please, won’t you buy our record? Orders in advance of Record Store Day will get some cool swag (we have buttons & stickers & other cool things from several bands) in addition to the record!