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Vacation's own Pete Majors will be spinning a dance-disco-synthpop selection on vinyl before/between/after the bands on May 14th.


We are selling hard tickets to this fine show for $17/ea CASH ONLY


Below is a list of the Record Store Day titles we still have available in our Silverlake location or available for sale online. Please e-mail with your orders and be prepared to send payment via paypal ONLY. All new Hydra Head Records titles are available on our webstore over at so if you're looking for those, it is easiest to order directly from there. Please don't e-mail with questions regarding titles not listed here as we are out of them. Shipping will be calculated on a per order basis.

 Pelican - Australasia 2xLP
Circle - Manner LP
Botch - An Anthology of Dead Ends 12"
Sense Field - Killed for Less LP
Oberhofer - Away From U b/w Runaway 7"
Taking Back Sunday - We Play Songs 12"
Sinead O'Connor - How About I Be Me (And You Be You?) LP
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die b/w Blue Jeans remix 7"
Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out 7"
Garbage - Blood For Poppies 7"
Mike Snow - Devil's Work (Remix) 7"
Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos 2 10"
Abba - Voulez-vous (Extended Dance Remix) 12"
Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star LP
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Live From The Legendary Sun Studio LP
Lou Reed - Rock 'n' Roll LP
Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground 7"
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information b/w Magic 7"
The Cult - For The Animals pic 7"
Ozzy Osbourne - Believer (Live) 7"
Sara Bareilles - Stay b/w Beautiful Girl 7"
Ralph Stanley - Single Girl b/w Little Birdie 78
The Electronic Anthology Project of Dinosaur Jr. LP (color and black vinyl)
Rockabye Baby! - Lullaby Renditions of the Smiths LP
The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain LP
Janis Joplin - Highlights from the Pearl Sessions 2x10"
Patti Smith - Horses LP
Miles Davis - Forever Miles LP
311 - Music 2xLP
311 - Remixes 12"
Winter Boys - Daffodils 7"
CSC Funk Band - A Little Weight b/w A Little Planet 7"
Richard Thompson - How Me Up 7"
The Baseball Project - El Hombre b/w Honey Haddix 7"
Bowerbirds - In the Yard b/w Always An Ear To Bend 7"
The Right Now - He Used To Be b/w Good Men 7"
Ric & Ron Records - Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1958-1962 10x7" Box
Chuck Persons - A.D.D. Complete 7"
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies 7"
Hey Mercedes - EP 12"
Odd Future - The OF Tape vol. 2 LP
Animal Collective - Transverse Temporal Gyrus LP
T. Rex - Electric Warrior 6x7" Box
Mates of State - Crushes LP
Regina Spektor - Sings Bulat Okudzhaa 7"
Jimmy Fallon - Tebowie 7"
Otis Redding / Aretha Franklin - Split 7"
Run DMC / Carolina Chocolate Drops - Split 7"
Black Keys - El Camino (Special Edition) LP
Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP 12"
Mike James Kirkland - Luv N'Haight Edit Series vol. 1 12"
V/A - Smugglers Way 5x7" Flexi Zine
Michael Buble / Ray Charles - Split 7"
Xiu Xiu / Dirty Beaches - Split 7"
Pujol - Reverse Vampire 7"
Common -The Dreamer / The Believer LP
Tegan and Sara - Get Along LP
Nightwish - Trials of Imaginaerum pic 10"
Bruno Mars - The Grenade Sessions 10"
Tortoise / Lonesome Sound - Mosquito 2x7"
Black Twig Pickers - Yellow Cat b/w You'll Never Miss Your Mama 7"
Hush Arbors / Arbouretum - Split LP
V/A - Three Lobed - Eight Trails, One Path LP
Freakwater - Feels Like The Third Time LP
Dillard & Clark - Why Not Your Baby b/w Lyin' Down The Middle 7"
Byrds - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better b/w It's No Use 7"
Nick Waterhouse / Allah-Las - Don't You Forget It 8"
Hanni El Khatib - Human Fly b/w Roach Cock 8"
Public Image Ltd - One Drop 12" EP
Luna - Rendezvous LP
Luna - Romantica LP
Jonathan Wilson - Pity Trials And Tomorrow's Child 12"
V/A - Complex (Lex Records) Pic LP
DJ Food - The Illectrik Hoax 12"
Pussy Galore - Feel Good About Your Body 7"
Small Faces - Tin Soldier b/w I Feel Much Better 7"
Shabazz Palaces - Live at KEXP 12"
Doomriders & Sweet Cobra - Are We Not Men? 7"
FUN. - The Ghost That You Are To Me 10"
Colossal Yes / DFBB - Split 7"
Jeff The Brotherhood - Upstairs At United vol. 3 12"
Genesis - Spot The Pigeon EP 12"
Katy Perry - Part Of Me 12"
Chris Crofton - Pearls Before Swine: Live At The Springwater LP
Vacation Vinyl will be opening an hour early at 10AM, and will close at our usual time of 9PM on Record Store Day this year. We have teamed up with a few labels to do some special giveaways while you're shopping, and we have some in-store DJs playing great music later in the day. Check the Vacation Vinyl Blog for updates on the RSD releases we are stocking this year!

botch - anthology cover
An Anthology of Dead Ends 12"
The final will and testament of Seattle's best boy band ever, released just in time for the 10th anniversary of their final show. A collection so vital its grown 2 inches in 10 years.
180g vinyl on multiple colors. Full color old-school style tip-on single LP jacket, with heavyweight full color innersleeve.

circle manner cover
Manner LP
Finland's indomitable Circle return with a dilating dose of NWOFHM/Avant-AOR. Limited vinyl album. 6 songs. 40 minutes. Their first on Hydra Head.
Housed in a classic full color die-cut DJ sleeve, the cover image of the eye is not fully realized until the record is inserted into the jacket with the LP label completing the iris. The vinyl colors equally match the aesthetic; we would tell you what they are, but we don't want to ruin the surprise.

pelican australasia cover
Australasia 2xLP
The instru-metal rock masterpiece that came to define a genre. Often imitated, never duplicated. Deluxe vinyl edition available for the first time on Hydra Head since the album's 2003 release.
180g double vinyl on multiple colors. Full color tip-on gatefold with full color innersleeve. This thing is so heavy you could probably hammer nails with it. Hint: track down the 'haze' vinyl color...we like.


We have great give-away packs from a few labels we are friendly with including stuff from Sub Pop, Kill Shaman and from our good (best?) friends at Hydra Head. We will have free posters, signed prints, pins and patches. Special items also include full sized uncut and signed (by album artwork designer, Aaron Turner) production print sheets for Pelican 'Australasia' and Botch 'An Anthology of Dead Ends' that will be available for the first 20 customers of each album on Saturday morning
We will also have copies of Holy Ghost covering Ministry's classic "I Wanted To Tell Her" to give away thanks to Green Label Sound and DFA.

2-4pm will have DJ Mahssa representing Finders Keepers and B-Music!
4-6pm will have DJs curated by Complicated Dance Steps!

CHUNG is a group of people who share their music, interests, ideas and personalities on the radio.

CDS Digest is a 2 hour music show that explores different genres of music and has special guest selectors on to discuss their records on occasion.

Hosted by Egroeg past shows have explored Synth records, Rock N Roll, Funk/Soul, and Love Jams.

Tonight's show of CDS Digest will be an all Metal Show. 86-88 Metal Blade Records will be played mostly.

We are selling tickets to the Cinco de Mayo Demdike Stare show with openers Vatican Shadow and Tropic of Cancer at Los Globos. Advance tickets are available at Vacation Vinyl for $12 USD cash only. Get your tickets early to ensure entry.

Emerald Cocoon presents TRAPDOOR FUCKING EXIT, a series of performances taking place inside Helga Fassonaki's Installation, Touching Them Touching Me - A Love Song for the Dead C at Human Resources gallery April 20 - 22, 2012.
Address: 410 Cottage Home St in Chinatown, 90012
$10 each night

Friday April 20th, 7PM

TOM CARTER – Pete Swanson once described him to me as a ‘wizard’ and I think he might be right. His last solo set in LA was one of the most life-affirming demonstrations of the term ‘slow-burn’ that I have ever seen. And you weren’t there. Please use this opportunity to correct yourself.

BRIAN CROOK (NZ) – guitarist/vocalist from The Renderers/The Terminals/Flies Inside The Sun/The Max Block/Scorched Earth Policy etc etc etc. If these names mean nothing to you then you may as well stay at home. Hand down New Zealands best guitarist. Ask anyone.

GLANDS OF EXTERNAL SECRETION – reclusive legends Barbara Manning and Seymour Glass in their first LA performance (5th performance in 17 years!). In 1996 they released a ‘no instruments’ cover of ‘Tubular Bells’. We have no idea what is going to happen.

QUEEN VICTORIA – “I’m basically only interested in acoustic noise now” – Nick Malkin aka Queen Victoria

YEK KOO – Helga will perform the whole of her new ‘Love Song for the Dead C’ LP in it’s entirety for the first time.

* plus a performance in absentia by ADAM WILLETTS (NZ) - Adam delivers a mailed-in dose of his non-denominational acid electronics from Christchurch.

Saturday April 21st, 7PM

CHARALAMBIDES – Forget obscure psych-folk reissue ‘gems’ hitting the shelves daily, you don’t have to look back to the pre-corporate takeover era to find modern psychedelic music of rare beauty. Tom and Christina Carter are perhaps the greatest living practitioners of the form in America. Having been through various configurations and conceptual approaches from avant-folk, through minimalist improvisation right out the other side into folk-form again over a period of 21 years they have consistently chosen the path less trodden, leaving behind them a body of work as monumental as that of Keiji Haino or The Dead C. Don’t get left behind in the wake of cheap party music and illusionary careerist cash dreams: there are visionaries in our midst.

500 MG – Michael Gibbons of psych warriors Bardo Pond performs in his 500mg guise for the first time in LA. Twisting/burning psilocybe mantras.

PURPLE PILGRIMS (NZ) – Sister duo from Christchurch, fog shrouded choral vox coated with distant reverb guitar. Immersive.

PETER KOLOVOS – Thin Wrist Recordings proprietor plays electric guitar like fireworks built out of stained glass.

GABIE STRONG – Local artist and bassist of Lady Noise. No-one knows what to expect - bass?

UN CIEGO – Plans to one day release something that isn’t a lathe-cut. Perhaps a one sided c20 in an edition of 5?

Sunday April 22nd, 6PM

MARYROSE CROOK (NZ) – Of The Renderers/The Max Block/Above Ground (whose sole cassette was recently reissued by Siltbreeze). Aching loose country psych ballads from one of the godmothers of the NZ underground.

LA LAKERS (NZ) - New Zealand facsimile of LA basketball team slam dunks improvised tape compositions.

METAL ROUGE – First LA show in a few months and probably the last for a few more. New material. Less interested than ever in ‘entertaining’ you.

DEREK ROGERS – Recent Texas transplant with a million tapes on a million labels everywhere. Laminal.

BAILOUTS – First performance from new duo unit made up of members of The Faraday Trippers and Shelter Death. Something’s brewing in the OC and it’s not just kopi luwak.

*plus a non-appearance performance by BILL ORCUTT – Bill unfortunately couldn’t be with us in person because he’s on tour, BUT he did give us an exclusive new work to premiere. New cubist blues, with no interest in your opinion.
Monday, April 2nd, @ 8pm
"In Dreams and Time" on Tee Pee record release
free in-store performance

Los Angeles psychedelic prog-rock band ANCESTORS return with a strong sense of purpose and a captivating new album, In Dreams And Time. The quintet formed in 2006 and instead of “choosing between prog rock or heavy rock,” merged the styles to create music rife with atmosphere, tension and raw human emotion. On In Dreams And Time, ANCESTORS fuse the primal aggression of their earlier work with the advanced dynamic sensibilities of the new, gazing into the infinite horizon to provide innovative, atmospheric thinking-man's music. From the moment the album's lead track "Whispers" comes on like a collapsing star, SoCal's reigning kings of heavy psych unleash spacious yet pulverizing music that unveils layer upon layer of vintage tones, spectral atmospheres, skin-crawling ambience and swirling keyboard swell over a body of crushing, full-contact rock. A record of limitless depth, In Dreams And Time swings from the exceedingly beautiful to the punishingly physical in seconds flat. Towering riffs. Bleak beauty. Deep wells of light and dark. In Dreams And Time is ANCESTORS' most accomplished music yet!

The album isn't officially out until April 10th, but Vacation Vinyl will have copies available for this special event.


A legend in his scene, punk-rock idol Keith Morris gives you a taste of his life – the shows, the people, and of course, the music. Formerly of Black Flag & The Circle Jerks, Keith is once again on the rise with his new band, OFF! From past shows during the punk rock era, to performing at LA’s FYFestival, the man has truly seen and done it all. Now, with a heavy load finally put to rest, Keith Morris sits down for an intimate, strictly vinyl radio show. Totally Psyched with Keith Morris broadcasts every Tuesday at 3PM Pacific Time.

Tuesday, April 3rd from 3PM-5PM PST, Keith will be joined by Vacation's own Pete Majors to both play and discuss records. This is your chance to hear some of the great stuff we have in the shop and some of Pete's favorites.