Record Store Day Preview
Record Store Day is right around the corner, and is perhaps Radio 1190’s favorite holiday of the year! This ‘holiday’ was conceived five years ago by a group of independent record store owners and employees to celebrate the record culture–and it has boomed since then! Chock full of special releases, fun events, and more, this is really the day to bring our your inner vinyl geek.
And, as usual, Record Store Day has some great releases this year. This is Radio 1190’s guide to our top twenty that we’re excited about. (in no particular order except for, well, alphabetical) To see the full list, head here:
The Animals – The Animals is Here & The Animals Are Back
Two 10″s of some of the 60s legends most popular songs, only released in the UK and back on vinyl for the first time in 50 years. Classic.
At the Drive-In – Relationship of Command
The Texas post-hardcore group’s most lauded record is not cheap to find–but now it’s getting re-issued, plus some extra Record Store Day bonus tracks.
Black Lips/Icky Blossoms – Cowboy Nights
Two great weirdo bands, garage rockers Black Lips and electro-pop Icky Blossoms team up for this RSD release, an exclusive 7″ split. Black Lips cover Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings’ rendition of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” and Icky Blossoms take on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Arabian Knights”–bound to be some interested renditions here.
Bonobo – The North Borders
Only 100 of this 7 x 10″ boxset of the downtempo/trip-hop producer’s follow up to 2010’s Black Sands will be released in the US, so good luck RSD-goers. Maybe if we’re lucky, two will pop up in Colorado. The rest of us will just have to wait for the regular release.
Brian Eno/Nicolas Jaar/Grizzly Bear – Brian Eno x Nicolas Jaar x Grizzly Bear
Honestly, this just sounds like a really cool collaboration between the ambient legend, Chilean electronic musician, and rock experimenters. The limited 12″ features Jaar’s remixes of “Lux” by Brian Eno and “Sleeping Ute” by Grizzly Bear.
Captain Beefheart – Frank Freeman’s Dance Club
Deluxe 180 gram pressing on purple wax of live songs from Captain Beefheart’s 1968 performance at Frank Freeman’s Dance Club, recorded on tape by none other than John Peel, plus another four Beefheart tracks from the time.
Flaming Lips – Zaireeka
Did you think it was hard to play this experimental (well, what else from the Lips, really) album over four CD players/stereos? NOW TRY IT WITH VINYL, HA HA!
Frank Zappa – I’m The Slime/Montana
Remastered rare singles from the man himself, available for the first time in 40 years as alternative versions.
Hüsker Dü — Amusement
7″ with some of the groups older, lesser known stuff. Two of the songs have been in the market before, but fell to the wayside as the band’s style change. This release includes studio alternates too; one to add to your Hüsker Dü collection.
Invisible Hands — Insect Dilemma/Disallowed
Invisible Hands is the new project from Alvarius B. a.k.a. Alan Bishop of experimental Sun City Girls. Recorded from a live Cairo performance, this 7″ showcases songs which you won’t be able to find again on the upcoming album. One time pressing.
Daniel Johnston – Fun
Called Johnston’s “finest moment,” Fun is finally available on 12″ for the first time. Need we say more?
Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations: 3 Cassette Box Set
Okay, okay, while this one’s not vinyl, and we have trouble buying into this cassette trend, Kill Rock Stars is pretty amazing, and has put out some of the best punk, feminist, and political music of the last 20+ years. This triple cassette collection reissues old KRS samplers, hosting songs from Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Melvins, Slant 6, Smog, and an unending list of other good stuff.
Stephen Malkmus and Friends — Can’s Ege Bamyasi
First, you have German krautrock Can’s landmark album Ege Bamyasi. Then, you have Stephen Malmus and Friends with German quartet Von Spar. Put ‘em together and you get this interpretation of the album, as played at 2012’s Week-End Fest in Cologne. A seriously cool limited release.
Mike Watt — Rebel Girl/30 Days in the Hole
Two covers from the punk rock frontman’s Mike Watt and the Black Gang incarnation, featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline on guitar and Bob Lee on drums. Plus, the covered songs ain’t bad either: Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” and Humble Pie’s “30 Days in the Hole.”
Orange Juice — Texas Fever, Rip It Up, The Orange Juice, & You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
If you missed the Coals to Newcastle box-set anthology of three years ago, you finally have your chance to own some of the Scottish post-punk group’s best records on vinyl. Texas Fever, Rip It Up, The Orange Juice, and You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever will be back up for grabs on Record Store Day.
Roky Erickson — Mine Mine Mind/Bloody Hammer
Roky’s first three solo albums will be released on vinyl later this year, but his first offering comes through Record Store Day: an exclusive 7″ pressing of his snarling song “Mine Mine Mind” from the 70s, which came after his 10-year-stint in a psychiatric hospital. Plus it’s on “psychedelic swirl vinyl” so if you’re on of those record aestheticists, here you go.
The Thermals — Desperate Ground Demos
Thermals fan who can’t wait for their upcoming release, Desperate Ground? This four-song 7″ hosts home-recorded, “no-to-lo-fi” demos from the full-length. Get your angst on.
Thurston Moore & Loren Connors — The Only Way to Go is Straight Through
Collaboration between the beloved Sonic Youth frontman/guitarist (who also might be a vampire; the man doesn’t age) and experimental blues guitarist Loren Connors. This one’s on a 12″ bringing together two improvisational, long-form live collaborative performances. Get weird.
Ty Segall — Ty Rex 2
Remember when Ty Segall went Ty-Rex in 2011? Well he’s back at it again interpreting two songs, one from the T. Rex freak-folk project Cat Black (Wizard Hat) and the other from T. Rex’s Electric Warrior album. And as always, it will be in the explosive Ty style.
V/A – 20/20
This 7″ box set celebrate 20 years of electronic record label Astral Works, and includes 20 colored flexi-discs with rare versions of works from seminal Astralwerks artists such as Kraftwerk, Basement Jaxx, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, a brand new song by Air, and more.
We’ll be at Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo in Boulder with a table, and perhaps some cool stuff to give away, so stop by and say hi!
Go out and support your local record store, and give in to your vinyl habit! Go visit our friends at Absolute Vinyl, Bart’s Music Shack, Wax Trax, Albums on the Hills, and Twist and Shout.