April 15, 2008

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Metroschifter in BerlinRecord Store DayWith CD sales tanking, indie retail needs your help more than ever. On April 19, ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799) is celebrating National Record Store Day to tout the positive musical and cultural effects of independent record shops. Saturday finds another performance by Metroschifter, a screening of “Juno,” and giveaways and store sales. Here’s the itinerary:10 a.m.-midnight: New CDs are 10 percent off (except sale titles)10 a.m.-1 p.m.: ear X-tacy T-shirts are 20 percent off1 p.m.: Dwight Johnson DJ set 1-3 p.m.: 20 percent off new, used vinyl3 p.m.: Metroschifter set3-5 p.m.: All used CDs and DVDs $2 off; one free with purchase of 10 or more (equal or lesser value)5-8 p.m.: All new DVDs are 20 percent off8 p.m.: Special screening of “Juno” with special prize packages and autographed goodies8 p.m.-midnight: All boutique items and toys are 20 percent offGiveaways include a pair of tickets to this Sunday’s old-out Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show, signed guitars from Linkin Park, Muse and others, and store gift certificates.Death tonesSarah Balliet’s musical background is in cello, but her work in the Bloomington, Ind., group Murder By Death has little to do with Mozart, Bach or Beethoven.She still considers it a valuable territory to mine, and does so on Murder By Death’s latest album, Red of Tooth And Claw, which finds Balliet backing a journey into varying, dark, carnival-esque recesses. “It’s pretty influential,” she says of her background. “Basically, the parts that I write stem from what I learned classically.”Balliet, a graduate of the duPont Manual’s Youth Performing Arts School, moved to Bloomington with the intention of attending Indiana University’s prestigious music school. That has never quite happened; she hooked up with MBD, and the group has steadily built a regional national and following. Later this year, the band heads to Europe.Hear some tunes at myspace.com/murderbydeath.Contact mherron@leoweekly.com