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For vinyl junkies, there is little finer than an afternoon spent flipping through the stacks at your favorite record store, searching for a mint-condition original pressing, snapping up a 180g reissue of a must-have disc or getting the vinyl version of a hot new release just for the cover art. In an age where we can stream music 24/7 from the cloud, record collectors seek out a more tangible experience.

Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19) furthers that experience by offering RSD-only releases, including the aforementioned reissues, titles never available on vinyl before, new material from current bands and extra-special treats like picture discs and colored vinyl.

We pored over the list of more than 400 U.S.-only releases and selected a few of the albums we’d love to get our hands on. (Full disclosure: not all the videos are from albums available on Record Store Day, but they’ll give you an idea of the band’s sound).

If you haven’t heard Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings yet, prepare to be awestruck. Their debut album, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, is an infectious funk-soul record with a throwback sound that’s so authentic, you might think it’s from decades past. It’s also got a searing cover of a Janet Jackson song.

Way back in 1998, San Diegans Rob Crow and Zach Smith took a little break from their other bands to form Pinback. Then they dropped a beautifully simple, pensive debut album on a world of unsuspecting indie-rockers. And life was never the same.

There was a time in the ’90s when Oasis was the biggest band in THE WHOLE WORLD. In between bouts of tabloid-worthy sibling spats, the Brothers Gallagher and crew created some of the most memorable songs of the decade.

From around 2005 to 2011, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem pumped out the coolest, most New York-centric dance music around. Sadly, they called it quits in 2011, but—silver lining!—their nearly 4-hour farewell show at Madison Square Garden is now available in record form. Oh, and James is making his own coffee, too.

If Brian Eno has been a monk, this track from Alexander Tucker‘s eponymous debut album is what we imagine his chanting might have sounded like. That’s a compliment, by the way.

Achieving great style comes from knowing who you are and celebrating it! For the fourth installment of Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest editor series, the designer pays tribute to six women who represent SJP Collection street style. From Morocco to New York City to Los Angeles, watch the creative vision of Sarah Jessica and partner George Malkemus come to life in true fashionable form.

sarah-jessica-parker-guest-editor-nordstrom-blog-4th-article-sjp-collection-street-styleIt’s enormously flattering and very fulfilling for those of us who work on the SJP Collection to see the shoes out in the world, having adventures across the globe and doing what they’re supposed to do for women.

I love imagining all that grosgrain traveling around—crossing city streets, strolling through parks and universities, sitting in meetings, driving cars, dropping off kids and meeting friends for lunch. And now to see the shoes actually having these experiences is amazing.

The women who submitted their street-style photographs really have their own elegance. They’re all special and very individual. I especially love the different shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds. It makes a nice visual montage of beauty.


Kate Moss for Topshop is coming to Nordstrom April 30! To celebrate this collaboration, NOWNESS presents a series of videos featuring celebs and friends of Kate speaking about her collection and her unique personality. First up, BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw with personal anecdotes about their friendship—including how Kate saved him from what could have been a very unfortunate tattoo.

“Whether she’s hanging out with Donatella Versace or my dad…you get the same Kate Moss…Kate and Topshop aren’t intimidating, but they still manage to be high fashion.” —Nick Grimshaw

Find more information about the collection’s imminent launch in our Kate Moss for Topshop boutique and right here on The Thread. #TopshopxKateMoss

You guys, festival season is HERE. Whether you’re planning on hitting up the Southern California desert, the bucolic Tennessee countryside, a major city like Chicago or New York or taking in crazy, awe-inspiring views in Eastern Washington, there’s TONS of music to check out and much fun to be had. But before you grab your sunscreen and sandals, check out this itty-bitty sampling of the bands we’d be super-stoked to see this summer.

It’s crazy to consider, but this song, off The Strokes’ debut album Is This It, is thirteen years old. What’s crazier is that it still holds up quite nicely. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from Slash and, more obviously, Bob Pollard and the rest of G.B.V.


It started as a scrappy local label known for breaking some of the biggest names in grunge (Nirvana, anyone?), but in the last couple of decades, Seattle-based Sub Pop Records has grown into a mega-force in the music industry, known across the planet for releasing killer music that spans a variety of genres. For example, current releases include the layered harmonies of The Head and the Heart, the experimental noise punk of No Age, Lyla Foy’s delicate dreamy pop and the recent (awesome) album from German electro-popsters The Notwist, whom you might recall from their super-popular release Neon Golden way back in 2002.

To celebrate Sub Pop’s continued world domination, Nordstrom is honoring its two founders, Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, with bronze footprints in front of our Downtown Seattle store and a live performance from Sub Pop’s own Helio Sequence. If you’re in Seattle and want to check it out, the event takes place Wednesday, April 9, at 3pm. Until then, play around with our Sub Pop window (also at the Downtown Seattle store): an interactive touch-screen experience that allows the user to choose and watch videos from various Sub Pop bands over the years.

—Jenny Yule

You know those people who are so obviously doing exactly what they’re supposed to? Jolie Holland is one of them. Since the early aughts, the Texas-born musician (who was also a founding member of Canadian folk group The Be Good Tanyas) has been steadily releasing personal, poetic records that incorporate so many different styles of music—from folk to jazz to soul to rock—that she defies genre.

Case in point: “Waiting for the Sun,” the first single off her upcoming release Wine Dark Sea. The easy, swinging track mixes Holland’s throaty vocals, a punchy horn section and a crazy guitar solo—and makes it all work together perfectly. We grabbed a moment with Jolie and asked her a few questions about her new record, her favorite singers and nomadic living.

THE THREAD: We really love the relaxed party vibe in the “Waiting for the Sun” video. Everybody looks like they’re having a great time. Where did you guys film that? Are those all just friends of yours?

JOLIE HOLLAND: The dancers are very dear friends, and there were a couple friends of friends. We were at a Brooklyn studio that belongs to a great experimental dance troupe called LAVA.

THE THREAD: Tell us a little about Wine Dark Sea. How is it different from your previous releases?

JOLIE: I realized I needed a giant band to execute this particular visionusually seven or eight of us at once. There are two full drum kits on every song and often four electric guitarsall recorded live.

THE THREAD: You’ve got an incredibly rich, totally unmistakable voice. Are there any singers that you consider influences? Or are there voices that you just really, really love?

JOLIE: Thank you. Mavis Staples is the Queen of the America I love. She’s one of the greatest living singers in the world. Buffy Sainte-Marie, Nina Simone, Blind Willie McTell and Umm Kulthum are some of the other singers that make me feel like a teenage fanboy. I also love “terrible” singers like Keith Richards and young Will Oldhameven if they’re out of tune, the feeling is really all that matters.

THE THREAD: You work with amazing musicians, but you’re a multi-instrumentalist yourself. Do you think it makes it easier to communicate with your bandmates or a producer when you’ve got such a strong background with a variety of instruments?

JOLIE: I’ve produced all my own records, sometimes in collaboration with a co-producer. When everybody is at the top of their game, the conversation becomes more about feeling than technique. I tell ‘em things like, “The bass line needs to be like a vacation on the beach,” or “I want this synthesizer part to be like a 7-foot-tall drag queen in high heels.”

THE THREAD: You’ve lived in a bunch of different places—New Orleans, Texas, Vancouver, B.C.—to name a few. Is there any place you’d like to live that you haven’t yet?

JOLIE: I’ve lived in most of the big cities of North AmericaI’ve done this by necessity, even though I’m a homebody at heart. I’m satisfied to stay on the same nomadic circuit: New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Austin. My favorite way to live is in an urban beehive of weirdo artistes. I wanna come home at 4am and find a housemate working on a printing project, blasting Harry Partch and drinking kava kava.

Jolie Holland’s latest record, Wine Dark Sea, comes out May 20 on ANTI- Records.

—Jenny Yule

It’s likely that you (and your mom and your bestie and your cube-mate) have already seen the video for Pharrell’s incredibly catchy song, “Happy.” But yesterday was the first day of spring, the birds are chirping, the sun is out and we’re feeling… well, happy.

The song itself was originally written for Despicable Me 2 (which is why some Minions make cameos in the video) and was nominated for an Academy Award. And the video? It started out life as a revolutionary, interactive, real-time music video called 24 Hours of Happy. THAT evolved into 24 Hours of Happiness, a collaboration with the United Nations for the second annual International Day of Happiness (March 20). Basically, it’s one big domino effect of joy. So go ahead—take a work break and practice your moves.

–Jenny Yule

Festival season kicked off this week with the grandaddy of them all: SXSW. What began as a conference for musicians and record labels to connect has grown into a massive event that now attracts more people from outside of the business than actually in it.

But with that increased attendance, it’s become easier to see TONS of bands—sometimes an overwhelming amount—without shelling out for a badge. There are plenty of unofficial showcases to check out, and the ones staged by Burger Records, a small label and record store in Orange County, feature a bunch of bands we really love. Scroll down to listen to just a few of them.

We’ve got a super soft spot for girl bands with a ’60s vibe, and there are a few on Burger’s roster, including Summer Twins, Seattle’s own La Luz and Habibi (above).

Seven minutes of nouveau film noir heaven, set to a lush, spaced-out song from HOTT MT (short for Hour of the Time Majesty Twelve).

Saint Laurent creative director, Hedi Slimane, is heavily influenced by rock and roll, so it’s no surprise he hand-picked twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of The Garden to rep his menswear line.

–Jenny Yule

Sarah Jessica Parker debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted friend Serge Normant. For 15 years, the celebrated New York-based hairstylist has coiffed the style icon’s tresses.


As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, Sarah Jessica puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss their storied relationship, which started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

Until next time,

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We’ll admit, this band’s name sounds a little… terrifying, especially if you don’t like horror films. But “Little Fang,” the first video from their soon-to-be-released record Enter the Slasher House, isn’t that scary. In fact, it’s a catchy little tune with sweet, upbeat lyrics and a psych-pop sound that makes total sense, given that the band is led by Avey Tare of Animal Collective. Check out the trippy clip directed by Tare’s sister, Abby Portner, featuring an adventurous kitty (created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop!) who visits a carnival that his little feline mind will never forget.

Enter the Slasher House comes out April 8 on Domino Records, and the band will tour the U.S. for much of that month. Not sure if the cat creature is joining them.

–Jenny Yule