2013 will mark the sixth annual Record Store Day. Depending on who will have what releases, I’ll probably hit Newbury Comics at first and Olympic Records (on Wickenden) and Time Capsule (in Seekonk) later on if time allows. Here are a few of the RSD exclusives that caught my eye:
The Animals – The Animals is Here 10″: ”Gonna Send You Back to Walker,” a personal favorite of mine, is one of four songs on this 45 RPM piece of vinyl. “House of the Rising Sun” is also featured on here, for those not familiar with Burdon and company. Yes, that’s The Animals.
Best Coast – “Fear Of My Identity” b/w “Who Have I Become” 7″: This is the record that should be with Ghostface Killah. I won’t be buying it.
Black Milk – Synth or Soul 12″ EP: I’m banking on a Tronic (synth) v. Popular Demand (soul) type of split for this one. I’ll be upset if I can’t get my hands on a copy.
Cypress Hill – Black Sunday 12″ LP: Marijuana will be decriminalized in Rhode Island as of April 1, so pick it, pack it, and fire it up for this twentieth (!!!) anniversary vinyl re-release.
Dazed & Confused Soundtrack 12″ LP: Alright, alright, alright. Re-release printed on “weed-green” vinyl, numbered and limited in celebration of yet another twentieth anniversary.
El Michels Affair – Enter the 37th Chamber 12″ LP: This album dropped in ’09 – a collection of reinterpreted RZA instrumentals performed by Leon Michels and a crew of others. The vinyl picture-disc release ups its awesomeness.
Jackie Greene - ”Love Is A Shining Catastrophe” b/w “Sweet Somewhere Bound” 7″: I have friends and family who really like this guy. I think he’s pretty good, but it’s likely I won’t be buying any of his music.
GZA – Liquid Swords 2LP Chess Box Set: Really cool idea, but I don’t exactly see it as a practical purchase — for me, at least. Check it out via Get On Down.
Lonely Island – “YOLO” 7″: I actually think this sounds awful — with features from Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar — but I represent for nearly everything that Andy Samberg does. He’s hilarious.
Willie Nelson – “Roll Me Up & Smoke Me When I Die” 7″: Although I think 4:20 is pretty lame, I’m getting a kick out of these pot-related releases. The orignal featuring Snoop Dogg on the A-Side, with a previously unreleased Willie solo version on the flip of the limited edition green vinyl.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Animal X” 7″: A leftover from the Push the Sky Away sessions. At the moment, I’m rather indifferent about the new album from Cave & Co., so I’m not exactly sure how to interpret the prior sentence.
No Alternative 12″ LP: I owned this CD back in the day, but remember it as a bunch of mediocre songs from artists I loved. Highlights are “It’s the New Style” by way of the Beastie Boys, the album’s hidden Nirvana track, “Sappy,” and the proceeds going towards AIDS relief.
Non-Phixion – “I Shot Reagan” b/w “Refuse To Lose” 7″: Apparently dudes still love Non-Phixion. I haven’t cared since like two weeks after The Future is Now dropped. But to each their own.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die 12″ 2LP: Limited and numbered re-release of Biggie’s solo debut on white vinyl. (*Yawn*)
Rodriguez – Cold Fact 12″ LP: Heard of him? He’s the rediscovered D-Town musician who was brought to the world’s attention by way of Searching for Sugar Man, the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary. The release is super limited, with only five-hundred copies being pressed on clear vinyl, and will only be available for purchase at Coachella. So it’s safe to say, if you want this, and you’re not attending the show, you’ll be paying absurd collectors prices.
The Rolling Stones – 5 x 5 7″ EP: I’m still working on picking up the early Stones remasters on CD, but this is a nice release — reissued on vinyl for the first time in almost fifty years.
The Roots – Things Fall Apart 12″ LP: Great album, but I would have rather seen something special for Do You Want More?!!!??! or Illadelph Halflife, the two classics previous to this one from Philly’s talented hip-hop outfit.
Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” 7″: This is a Stevie Nicks solo joint written by Petty & The Hearbreakers. Copping this for sure.
Elliot Smith – Alternate Versions from Either/Or 7″ EP: The title says it all. Sounds OK, but I think I’m sticking to the originals that I have on CD.
The Taste of Burger Records Cassette: I have no clue what this is, but the cover art gets nice. (See top of post, just in case you happened to miss that.)
Sharon Van Etten – “We Are Fine” b/w “Hotel 2 Tango” 7″: This chick is my new obsession. “We Are Fine” is on Tramp, Van Etten’s ’12 release via Jagjaguwar, but “Hotel 2 Tango” is something new. It’s as good as bought.
Various Artists – Blues at Newport 1963 and The Newport Folk Festival, 1965: Both are 12″ vinyl LP’s, both are historic recordings from the respective festivals in Newport, Rhode Island. You can send thanks to Vanguard Records for these two.
White Stripes – Elephant 12″ LP: This is when the Stripes blew up off of “Seven Nation Army.” It’s a good album, but, boy, are you missing out if you don’t have De Stijl and White Blood Cells, their two records prior. Woof, they’re good.
Rob Zombie – “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” b/w “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” 10″: The record supposedly has a backwards groove for play in reverse. Just in case you wanted to hit that Nosferatu pussy from the back.
Definitely buying The Animals, Black Milk, El Michels Affair, and the two Sharon Van Etten 7′s. And maybe Rob Zombie because of how hilarious I think it is. What looks good to you? (Complete listing of releases can be found over at the RSD website.)
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