If you’re a rock music fan, and especially if you’re a collector of rare vinyl, then you have probably heard of Record Store Day. RSD is the one day of the year that music fans get a chance – at a participating RSD record shop – to purchase rare and limited edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs from a wide array of popular, and up and coming, artists and bands, spanning the gamut from classic rock to grunge, and indie to alternative rock.
The reason it’s called Record Store Day is two-fold: one, as mentioned above, it’s the one day of the year when serious record collectors can have a field day buying limited edition special releases at participating indie record shops, and two, it’s a holiday, of sorts, to honor the independent record store, a rare and dying breed of commerce and culture that have been slaughtered by technology. Those that have survived are to be revered and supported by passionate music lovers who understand how important the indie record store is to the American cultural landscape, and who also appreciate the rich sounds you get on vinyl that are not possible with MP3s, and even to some extent, compact discs. Yet there is an entire generation that has largely missed out on vinyl, and the whole coolness and intimacy that comes with buying vinyl.
Sadly, the mergers of large chain record outlets (Tower, Barnes & Nobles) over the years, the pervasiveness of illicit downloading on the Internet, and the strip-malling of America – from sea to shining sea – has made the local, independent record store a rare species these days.
IRC’s Record Store Day Guide – April 16th, 2011
Over the past few weeks, there have been dozens and dozens of announcements from artists and bands who will issue limited edition vinyls on Record Store Day 2011 this Saturday. There are releases from both active and disbanded groups, living legends, and those who’ve passed on, indie rock and classic rock bands, punk stars, reggae icons, alternative rock trail blazers, and popular indie garage rock, electro pop, chillwave and surf rock artists who have received a lot of much deserved attention in recent years.
As of today, there are more than 250 RSD-only vinyls of every size and color being released this coming Saturday, including new, rare and previously unreleased music, cover songs, split singles, reissues, compilations, and more as LPs, EPs, singles and more. Other releases will come with booklets, artwork, download codes, bonus tracks and more. The purpose of this guide is to highlight our top RSD 2011 recommendations, many of which are likely to be the same choices for many IRC readers, and among the most sought out releases of RSD 2011.
Just some of the bands and artists releasing one-time only, limited edition releases this coming Saturday include Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, Beach Fossils, Of Montreal, Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, Mumford & Sons with Laura Marling, Peter Bjorn and John, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Blitzen Trapper, Foo Fighers, The Kills, Daft Punk, Matt & Kim, Midlake/Will Self, Cults, The Black Angels, Cults, Dom, Fleet Foxes, Eric Clapton, and dozens and dozens others that we’ll be posting all week on IRC.
And in case you didn’t hear, the one-and-only Ozzy Osbourne has been chosen as he official ambassador for RSD. We think that is just stupid and oh so predictable. Seriously, Ozzy? Don’t the organizers understand who their audience is?
It’s certainly not for a mega-rich music celebrity who hasn’t released any worthy new music in 30 years.
IRC is covering Record Store Day releases more in-depth than other resource we know. We have rare MP3 versions of vinyl-only releases, songs and streams, re-issues, covers, split singles, and much more.
Plus, today’s posting is just the beginning of RSD posts and mixes that we’ll be putting out over the next three days, right up to Record Store Day itself. Everything you need for RSD, you’ll find in our RSD guide.
For today’s Volume One, we created the index below to make it easier to jump to particular sections of this post that covers more than a dozen recommended vinyl releases available only at participating RSD stores on Saturday, April 16th. Volume Two of our RSD guide is already in the final stages, and should be posted late Wednesday, or early Thursday, and will include coverage for Deerhoof, Foo Fighters, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, Pandar Bear, The Black Angles, Of Montreal, and many others. We’ve also included album links to purchase and download MP3 and original vinyl versions of any of the limited edition vinyls in case you are not able to get the limtied editions, but still want to buy split singles, compilations, re-issues, and other releases that are outlined in this guide. Plus, with every purchase you make via one of the album links, you also have the extra option to add all of the music you buy to a free account on the Amazon Cloud, a new and revolutionary service launched by Amazon earlier this month.
- A. The White Stripes Will Reissue First Two Singles on Vinyl
- B. Guided By Voices’ Tribute Album Featuring The Flaming Lips, Lou Barlow and Others
- C. Limited Edition EP Releases from Nirvana and Sonic Youth
- D. Special 7-inch Vinyls from Beck and The Beastie Boys
- E. Flaming Lips Set to Release Special Box Set, Heady Nuggs
- F. Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing Do Split Single Covers of The Wake
- G. Of Montreal Issue only 1,000 Copies of 12-inch Black Vinyl
- H. Arctic Monkeys’ New Track from Fourth LP to Drop RSD on Special Vinyls
The White Stripes Will Reissue First Two Rare Singles on RSD
While The White Stripes are no longer a band as of this year, Jack White wasn’t going to let Record Store Day 2011 go by without some kind of offering to WS fans. Plus, his record Label, Third Man Records, has other RSD releases to talk about as well.
White announced the famous rock duo’s re-release two of their first singles – “Let’s Shake Hands” and “Lafayette Blues” – on a special vinyl seven-inch limited to 1,2000 editions each. The B-sides are “Look Me Over Loosely” and “Sugar Never Tasted So Good,” respectively.
“Let’s Shake Hands” – The White Stripes from The White Stripes (Japanese Edition Bonus Track) (2000)
The songs were only available on the initial Japanese version of their debut, self-titled album, so many fans have not heard these rare import tracks. The first “Let’s Shake Hands” comes on red vinyl with “black wisps” on it and flanked by the Third Man Records logo. The second single, “Lafayette Blues” is printed on white vinyl with black wisps integrated into the vinyl.
Third Man Records will also be kicking out a double single from Karen Elson featuring the tracks “Vicious” and “In Trouble With The Lord.” Watch the video above for more details.
Guided By Voices’ Tribute Album Featuring The Flaming Lip, Lou Barlow and Others
On Saturday, there will be a special, RSD-only release of a Guided by Voices tribute album titled Sing for Your Meat. Guided By Voices was one of the earliest indie rock bands to have such a tremendous influence on other indie bands and artists over the past three decades.
The tribute album features GBV covers from The Flaming Lips (“Smothered in Hugs”); Elf Power (“Man Called Aerodynamics”); Lou Barlow (“Game of Pricks”), and Kelley Deal and Buffalo Killers playing “Scalding Creek.”
Also, Sonic Youth founding member and record label exec, Thurston Moore, has done a re-make of the track “Stabbing A Star,” which he, along with Steve Shelley, covered under the moniker Music Slut.
That track appeared on the 1998 GBV tribute album, Blatant Doom Trip. Unfortunately, we were not able to find any MP3 tracks from the new tribute album, but you can stream three tracks below, as well as the original Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley cover of “Stabbing A Star.” Stream the new re-worked version of the track via Spin.
“Stabbing A Star” – Music Slut (Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley)
Plus, here are two other YouTube audio tracks from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Mass Solo Revolt.
Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim)”
Mass Solo Revolt – “Gold Star for Robot Boy”
View (and order) the track listing for Sing for Your Meat
The RSD release of Sing for Your Meat will feature 17-tracks, and include a five-song bonus digital EP download. If you don’t think you’ll be able to grab a RSD vinyl of the tribute album, we have a link to the MP3 version of the album via Amazon for only $8.99.
Limited Edition EP Releases from Nirvana and Sonic Youth
The widely credited trail blazers of the wildly popular 1990’s grunge rock movement, Nirvana, and alternative rock legends Sonic Youth will reissue rare EPs, available on Record Store Day only.
Nirvana’s Hormoaning was originally sold as a tour-only EP during their 1992 tours of Australia and Japan. The Record Store Day pressing of the 12-inch will be limited to 4,000 copies, worldwide.
Both EPs were originally made available as tour-only releases.
The vinyls also features two Nirvana originals – “Aneurysm” and “Even in His Youth.” However, CD and vinyl copies of the rare EP are currently being sold on Amazon, and on those, instead of “Even In His Youth,” the second original track was “Turnaround.”
Also on the currently available editions listed above, and the limited edition RSD vinyl, there are four well-known Nirvana cover songs, including:
Note: Several of the tracks on the limited edition vinyl were re-released in December of 1992 by Geffen Records, as part of Nirvana’s rarities compilation, Insecticide.
Interestingly, Sonic Youth will drop a similarly-titled EP to the Nirvana’s Hormoaning, called Whore’s Moaning EP. The title was picked by Sonic Youth as a play on the title of Hormoaning. We have been unable to find an alternative version to purchase for this particular EP, but will update this page when, and if, we do.
The Whore’s Moaning EP was originally released as a tour-only record from Sonic Youth’s 1993 tour of Australia and New Zealand. The front cover features a photocopy of one of Kurt Cobain’s dolls, and the back cover features an original drawing from Cobain. See more details from Sonic Youth’s official website.
On Whore’s Moaning, there is a radio edit of “Sugar Kane,” an instrumental versions of “The End of the End of the Ugly” and “Tamra.”
The EP also includes covers of The New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis” and Alice Cooper’s “Is It My Body.”
Like the Nirvana EP, the Sonic Youth release will also be limited to 4,000 copies. We expect both to easily sell out on Saturday.
Special 7-inch Vinyls from Beck and The Beastie Boys
New Beasties! The Beastie Boys new single, “Make Some Noise,” is off of the trio’s long-awaited album Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2. Plus, Beck and Bat for Lashes will drop their Twilight duet, “Let’s Get Lost.”
Flaming Lips Set to Release Special Box Set, Heady Nuggs
The members of the Flaming Lips grew up on vinyl. And they’ve also been great marketers of their music, which really doesn’t need any marketing help. But that’s cool with them, they do it anyways, and fans love it. So, it’s no surprise that the Flaming Lips have set to release a box set on Record Store Day.
The Flaming Lips’ box set, with the cool title, Heady Nuggs, will drop on Saturday, and feature five classic Lips’ albums released between 1992 and 2002: and like: Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1990), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002).
Heady Nuggs will come out in two different editions of the vinyl-only re-issues. The first will be the so-called ‘standard’ edition that features all five discs pressed on black 140gram vinyl. The ‘special limited edition’ includes all five discs pressed on five different colors of colored vinyl, available only on the Lips’ official web store, and, as the band describes on their site, “once they are gone, they’re gone.”
Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing Do Split Single Covers of The Wake
The Brooklyn 2010 Break-Out indie band, Beach Fossils, will release a split single seven-inch vinyl with Wild Nothing, featuring two cover songs of The Wake, and which originally appeared on the compilation, Gruesome Flowers: A Tribute To The Wake.
Each time Beach Fossils releases a song or album, it further enhances the band’s credibility as one of the best new bands of this decade. Their cover of The Wake’s “Plastic Flowers” is yet further affirmation of BF’s amazing talent. Of course, on vinyl, it sounds SO much better.
“Plastic Flowers” (The Wake) – Beach Fossils from split vinyl Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing
Wild Nothing‘s cover of “Gruesome Castle” is magnificently cheerful for a song with a drab title. It’s shimmering electric guitar playing, irresistible melody, bouncy bass and the wonderfully dubbed vocals of Virginia native Jack Tatum. In fact, this is one of the best cover songs we’ve heard so far in 2011.
“Gruesome Castle” (The Wake) – Wild Nothing from split vinyl Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing
Since really breaking through in 2009 with the blogger hit single, “Summer Holiday,” and a well-received 2010 debut LP, Wild Nothing has become of a sensation in the blogosphere, and now, increasingly in the mainstream press. This track, once more people get to hear it, we think, will end up on more people’s iPods, and will help make double sure that the split single limited edition vinyl will sell out on Saturday in, we predict, two hours max, especially considering there are only 4,000 copies.
Of Montreal Issue only 1,000 Copies of 12-inch Black Vinyl
Indie favorite Of Montreal will drop a 1,000 limited-edition black vinyl 12-inch 45 of the classic track, “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” off of 2007′s terrific, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
The B-side features a brand new version of “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal,” recorded for the Spike Jonze short film “I’m Here.”
The new version also features Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, and members of the Moonrats.
You can also order a deluxe 2 disc vinyl (with MP3s) of the classic album via Amazon.
Arctic Monkeys’ New Track from Fourth LP to Drop RSD on Special Vinyls
For much of the 2000s, English group the Arctic Monkeys were one of the U.K.’s top rock bands, and were fairly big in the U.S. as well. We’ve loved the band since Whatever People Say I Am, I’m Not, released in 2002. Their early songs just had so much fire, gusto and even beauty in them. Now the band will release their second track from the band’s upcoming fourth LP release, titled, Suck It and See (due to drop in June), on on vinyl for RSD. That title is quite provocative. The single, “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair,” is like old-time Monkey’s with a menacing guitar riff.
“Don’t Sit Down Because I Moved Your Chair” – Arctic Monkeys from RSD single
So, that’s gonna wrap up Volume One of our special Record Store Day 2011 previews, reviews and recommendations. But, not to worry – there is so much more coverage that will be published throughout the week, as this is RSD Week on IRC.
In addition to the separate from RSD, weekly Best New Releases mix and review, slated to be posted late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday, there will also be Volume Two of our RSD Music Guide, including Deerhoof, Foo Fighters, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, Pandar Bear, The Black Angles, Of Montreal, and many others. We expect to have a total of four volumes, the web’s most extensive guide to Record Store Day 2011.