Record Store Day is around the corner. What are you getting?
Published: April 18, 2012
Saturday, April 21 marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, that special time of year for vinyl-nuts and casual collectors, scalpers, and super-fans alike to come together and salute both the independent record store and the glory of the physical format release. With well over 100 exclusive releases from artists ranging from to Bon Iver to Mastodon, there's almost enough goodness to make up for the fact that SA will have only one participating store. Still, for those ready to hit Hogwild early on the 21st, here are some of the more intriguing releases to watch for:
Having been crowned the official ambassador of Record Store Day, Iggy has risen to the task with two Stooges-related releases. The first, a double LP of the band's landmark 1973 firebomb Raw Power, features both David Bowie's original and Iggy's 1997 mix. The second, Live at All Tomorrow's Parties, showcases the resurrected Stooges from the 2010 festival date. The 12-inch picture disc includes six tracks selected from the show along with a bonus interview with Mr. Pop.
Finally, the long-awaited collaboration between indie pop princess Feist and black-metal juggernaut Mastodon has arrived. Warner Brothers is putting out this monster, a 7-inch split single featuring Feist covering Mastodon's "Black Tongue" and the Atlanta quartet returning the favor on "Commotion."
Patti Smith's 1975 punk blueprint Horses, Paul Simon's world-pop classic Graceland, Lou Reed's jagged masterpiece Transformer, and Sigur Ros' expansive debut Hvarf/Heim. Devo also gets re-issued for RSD. Originally captured on cassette from a 1981 performance, this concert sat in the closet of Devo guitarist Bob No 2's garage for a couple of decades before finally being rediscovered and getting the re-master treatment. The result, Live in Seattle 1981, presents the full set spread across a double LP, capturing the band at their glorious post-Freedom of Choice high-water.
Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas
Indie's most perpetually adorable couple team up for the first time in a scheduled series of collab singles. The inaugural edition features a re-working of Thomas' "Where Were You?" and Stevens' aptly titled retort "Here I Am!" both of which promise to explore the thin line between auto-tune and existentialism.
Jack White/Third Man Records
White and his team of mad scientist vinyl-heads have already given us liquid-filled, playable etched, and 3 RPM records. Their output this year will be a bit more populist, with Hand Springs/Red Death at 6:14, a set of two rare White Stripes tracks from 2000, pressed on black and red swirled vinyl.
The world's weirdest band has kept the bar high for their past Record Store Day releases (see last year's four-song USB drive release encased in a cannabis-flavored gummy skull). Heady Fwends, however, threatens to be their most ambitious/fucked-up yet. The 12-track exclusive vinyl release features collabs with Nick Cave, Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, Bon Iver, and at least 10 other artists who, barring the world's most bizarre celebrity charity single, should never have anything to do with each other. And in case you were worried the Lips had gone mainstream on the packaging, Wayne Coyne has allegedly added bits of each of their collaborator's blood into the middle of each pressing. So no, definitely don't worry.
> Email J.D. Swerzenski