Record Store Day is coming April 16. It began in 2007 and has grown into a indie record store and vinyl lover’s version of Christmas morning (or maybe Easter morning? RSD happens the third Sunday of every April). The Record Store Day site just posted the line-up of offerings for this year, and it’s a mix of Record Store Day exclusives, “early” releases, and small-run/limited edition/regional releases that you’ll have to find quickly, or be in the right store in the right city to find. I went through the list and picked out some intriguing releases — many are reissues, but others come in interesting packaging or include unreleased tracks. The details come from the Record Store Day website, which conveniently tells you exactly what’s special about each RSD offering. Time to make your checklist and find the independent record stores in your area:
Big Star – Third (Test Pressing Edition) (Omnivore)
Details: One in every 300 copies will contain actual test pressings from the ’70s. Check out our tribute to Alex Chilton and Big Star’s Third.
Esben And The Witch – Chorea EP (Matador)
Details: The new single from the dark Brighton-based trio features “Chorea” from the album, backed with two unreleased tracks: A remix of “Eumenides” by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, and an alternate take of “Corridors” used in Vice’s Creators Project exhibition in London in December 2010.
Fela Kuti and the Africa 70 – Monday Morning In Lagos Parts 1 & 2 (Knitting Factory / MRI)
Details: Mono recording mastered from the original 1971 Nigerian Release; Label design based on the original HMV design. Black vinyl, paperthin die cut outer sleeves with cool 1-color vintage KFR label design. Packaged in outer plastic sleeves. Tracks: “Monday Morning In Lagos Pt 1 & 2″ (A and B sides, respectively)
The Flaming Lips – Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 (WBR)
Details: Numbered and limited LP box set is exclusive to Record Store Day. All tracks previously released on original LPs or CDs.
The Luyas / Twin Sister – “Meet The Frownies” / “When I am A Woman” (Dead Oceans)
Details: The Luyas and Twin Sister are close friends and mutual admirers, and what better way to celebrate their kinship than have each of them take up the side of a 7″ single. Both songs on this 7″ are exclusive to the release. Twin Sister’s song “Meet The Frownies” was recorded for the ongoing Weathervane Music project, while the Luyas contribute the exquisite pop song, “When I Am a Woman.” Both bands enchant us with their space-age pop leanings, and together these two songs make up a perfect double A-side of sonic greatness. Limited to 1,500 copies.
Mastodon / ZZ Top
“Just Got Paid” (ZZ Top’s original b/c Mastodon’s cover) (WBR)
Detail: 7-inch Side By Side Series exclusive to Record Store Day. One in a series of original artist and cover artist doing a track.
Nirvana – Hormoaning (UMe)
Details: This EP was originally released in Australia, this is the first time it has been released in the U.S.
Panda Bear – Tomboy Vinyl/T-shirt bundle (Paw Tracks)
Details: T-shirt and LP package combined exclusive to Record Store Day.
Pink Floyd – London 66/67 (Snapper Music)
Details: Limited edition 180 gram heavyweight white vinyl. The classic Syd Barrett-era Floyd at their most adventurous and exploratory, London 1966/1967 features two rare performances, including an explosive 17 minute version of “Interstellar Overdrive,” recorded at the legendary Sound Techniques studio in early 1967. These first ever studio recordings from the classic 1960’s Pink Floyd line-up are now available on a limited edition 180 gram white vinyl version in a gatefold cover, with printed inner sleeve.
Arthur Russell – World Of Echo (Rough Trade)
Details: Third in a series of Record Store Day exclusives Rough Trade/Audika reissues the 1986 album by Arthur Russell now available as limited edition vinyl. Arthur Russell’s most extraordinary work, World Of Echo sounds like nothing you have heard or will ever hear. 18 tracks are featured including drumless versions of his Disco classics “Let’s Go Swimming”, “Tree House” and “Wax The Van”.
The White Stripes – “Let’s Shake Hands” / “Look Me Over Closely” (Third Man Records)
Details: Reissue of the White Stripes first ever release from 1998. Limited quantities available on red/black swirled vinyl. 7-inch vinyl single, fold-over picture sleeve in poly bag.