For some music geeks, it’s practically a holy day. Loads and loads of labels and bands release, re-release and reissue all kinds of obscure stuff. Let’s be real: Most of it’s on vinyl. And for music nerds out of the vinyl loop, you’ll probably be sorely disappointed. Sure, there’s a bunch of discs and box sets for your purchasing pleasure, but this is a day for the unconventional lo-fi music nerd who’s convinced that digital music and CDs are the last medium for sonic consumption.
First, let’s just quickly plug some of our local bastions of non-iTunes brick-and-mortar havens of shopping for hard copy tuneage for this Saturday’s Record Store Day.
Long In The Tooth (2027 Sansom Street) has been posting little blips of Record Store Day arrivals via their Facebook page, like this one: “more just showed up… Light quantities of Double Dagger lp, Burger Records Cassette, Kill Rock Stars Cassette, De la soul 3 ft high 3xlp, Komeda Lp, Captain Beefheart Lp very limited!!, Beak 10″, Eminem Infinite lp, Frank Ocean Nostalgia lp, Half Japanese Lp Boxset very limited!, Jay z/Kanye watch the throne 2xlp, probably more to follow.”
AKA Music (27 N 2nd Street) has a slew of RSD releases along with this great little in-store performance lineup, also via their Facebook page: “AKA MUSIC & PHILEBRITY PRESENT ***RECORD STORE DAY 2013!*** WITH PERFORMANCES FROM: RESTORATIONS (SET TIME: 4PM) (http://restorations.bandcamp.com/) BRIDGE UNDERWATER (SET TIME: 3PM) (http://bridgeunderwater.com/) HEYWARD HOWKINS (SET TIME: 2PM) (http://heywardhowkins.bandcamp.com/) MIKELE EDWARDS (SET TIME: 1PM) (https://soundcloud.com/medwards) AND THANKS TO NARRAGANSETT FOR THE POUNDERS, BRAH!”
Repo Records (538 South Street) actually has a great lil’ website/blog, plus they’re giving away sweet screen-printed posters, and there’ll be cheap beers: “For Record Store Day this Saturday (April the 20th) to our first 100 customers we’re gonna be giving away a 14×17 limited edition, 3 color silk screened poster! Inspired by a movie poster and made by hand these babies are all yours if you’re lucky enough to get here in time. So come on down and get some awesome records (the Big Star record…) and some free stuff!”
Those are just a few of our favorites. Here’s a more complete list with some links to their respective websites of area record stores participating. In the meantime, here are some picks for exciting RSD-specific moments of release:
A dozen finds, if you can find em’, via Pitchfork’s The Top 45 Releases of Record Store Day 2013:
The Black Keys/the Stooges: “No Fun” split 7″
The Stooges’ classic backed by the Black Keys’ cover on tye-died orange vinyl.
Brian Eno/Grizzly Bear: Nicolas Jaar remix 12″
Eno’s “LUX 2″ and Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute”, both remixed by Jaar.
GZA: Liquid Swords Chess Box
[Get on Down]
Two LPs of the original album, two LPs of the instrumentals packaged in a 12×12 box that doubles as a chess set (!!!!!!!!! – our emphasis). It also comes with a sticker pack.
Stephen Malkus and Friends: Can’s Ege Bamyasi 12″
Recorded at last year’s Week-End Fest in Cologne, this features Malkmus, backed by Cologne band Von Spar, covering Can’s 1977 album in its entirety. Pressed on green vinyl, comes with a Japanese resealable mylar bag.
MGMT: “Alien Days” cassette
Cassette single of a new track from the band’s upcoming album. Comes with digital download of the song.
Public Enemy: Planet Earth 12″ picture disc
A greatest hits compilation re-recorded and mastered for vinyl to celebrate their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Rhye: “Open” 12″
The original, the instrumental, and a live version available on vinyl for the first time.
Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” 7″
A cover of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty track along with a new song called “A Wake for the Minotaur.” For more Sharon Van Etten, Jagjaguwar is releasing the “We Are Fine” 7″.
Titus Andronicus: Record Store Day 12″
Local Business track “Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter” and two new songs: “(I’ve Got A) Date Tonight” and “The Dog”.
Various Artists: Astralwerks: 20/20 box
Exclusive and rare tracks from 20 artists to celebrate the label’s 20-year history, all pressed onto flexi discs. Features Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, Air, the Chemical Brothers, Royksopp, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim and more.
Various Artists: Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations cassette box set
[Kill Rock Stars]
Three out-of-print cassette samplers reissued. Features music by Nirvana, Bikini Kill, Smog, Melvins and many more.
The White Stripes: Elephant
10th anniversary reissue. One LP pressed on red and black vinyl, the other pressed on white.