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Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me [Special Pressing] (Omnivore Recordings)

This soundtrack for the upcoming documentary on Big Star plays out like a greatest hits comp (almost), but with entirely new versions. Some come from alternate mixes from the early '70s, while others have been newly remixed for the film.

It’s that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day) has returned. I’ve been going to Record Store Day since 2009, and even when I didn’t look up the releases beforehand, I’d still walk out of my favorite record store (RIP Cutlers in New Haven) with something unique and special. Unique and special is what Record Store Day does incredibly well, and it’s why we love it so much. Since its relatively humble beginnings in 2008, the event has grown in popularity every year. So even if you don’t get out to record stores much anymore, this is one of those days where you want to try.

Of course the growth in popularity also means there are more and more releases each year to check out, and that can be a little overwhelming. And it’s even harder in this, the year of Jack White, because the roster of records is especially great. There are some fascinating new singles from the likes of Pulp and Black Lips and Icky Blossoms, plus a cassette featuring new material from MGMT’s upcoming album. There are extravagant reissues like the chess board box-set of GZA’s Liquid Swords and a quadruple disc version of the Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka (perfect for anyone who owns four record players, I guess). Also look for some fantastic movie soundtracks for Dazed And Confused and Mondo’s gorgeous release of the Drive soundtrack. Finally there are some strange outliers like South Park’s “Gay Fish” single and one of the most enticing releases this year — a completely covered 7″ listed only as Mystery Release.

But hold on there, because all these are just the honorable mentions to our 10 most anticipated releases for this year’s Record Store Day. Some of these are reissues, some are exciting collaborations, and some are bizarre experiments. All of them, however, are worth your time. So take a look at our list, and try not to shove people too hard when you’re all fighting over the last copy of that Ringo Starr solo album.

Comments (18)
  1. Loved Cutlers.

  2. Jamie xx remix 12″ is a must get for me. Fairly low quantity getting made as well.

  3. so many….radical records… alternative…..last waltz…..LOSING CONSCIOUSNESS…

  4. Orange Juice reissues, Destroyer’s This Night, Captured Tracks’ Bats reissue

  5. Dude, Double Dagger’s final release, which comes with a documentary about the band, is coming out on Record Store Day. How is that not on this list? Very easily one of the best bands of the last decade…

  6. I wonder if the mystery release will be Radiohead’s studio time with Jack White? They said they recorded Identikit and I think other things,

  7. I’m looking forward to the vinyl of Agaetis Byrjun and the special edition Drive soundtrack color vinyl myself.

  8. Really want that Title Fight/Touche Amore split 7-inch. I hope they get a few in ATL.

  9. I’m gonna get Soundgarden: King Animal Demos and David Bowie: The Stars Are Out Tonight on RSD.

  10. Agreed. Best holiday of the year! Record Store Day is harvest time for the record collector.

  11. The Malkmus Can covers is #1 on my list, but this list only reinforces my fear that it’ll be a fairly hard grab.

  12. that The Cure – Kiss Me x3 on ruby red vinyl sounds pretty sexy to me

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