Are you looking for some new tunes? Do you want to support local businesses? Did you finally run out of all that discount candy you stocked up on after Valentine’s Day and now you’re desperately in need of some holiday cheer? (Hey, we aren’t judging…)
If you answered yes to any of those questions, Record Store Day is here to solve all of your problems! (Except for the candy shortage. You’re on your own with that one.) On Saturday, April 19, head over to your favorite neighborhood record store for exclusive new releases, reissues, collaborations and more. Here are some of our favorite RSD releases from LouFest alums like The Flaming Lips, Surfer Blood, and Dawes
The Flaming Lips – “7 Skies H3″ & “Gates of Steel”
In 2011, The Flaming Lips (2012) released the epic “7 Skies H3” on flash drives inside human skulls. For the squeamish FLips fan (or those of us who don’t have time to listen to a 24-hour-long song), the band whittled it down to an 80-minute edit for Record Store Day. If that still sounds too far out for you, their other RSD release is a bit more accessible. When Devo guitarist Bob Casale passed away in February, Wayne Coyne and the boys decided to pay tribute by releasing a limited edition 7” single featuring a cover of the alternative icons’ “Gates of Steel.” This one is sure to be a collector’s item for fans of both bands, since only 7,500 copies are being released.
Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative WaversEven though it’s been over twenty years since Built To Spill (2010) released their first full-length album, this will be the first time Ultimate Alternative Wavers comes out on vinyl. As if that wasn’t reason enough to pick up a copy, it’s being pressed on super snazzy gold vinyl. If your record collection could use a touch of class, we recommend grabbing this one while you can.
Cults – Upstairs at United, Volume 10This live session at Nashville’s United Record Plant was recorded directly to analog tape using vintage equipment, making Cults (2012) sound better than ever. They’re only pressing 5,000 copies of this one, so scoop one up now or forever hold your peace.
Dinosaur Jr. – “Just Like Heaven” single, Visitors box setThis year’s Record Store Day lineup features not one, but two special releases from the incomparable Dinosaur Jr. (2012). The first is a split single with The Cure, featuring both bands’ versions of “Just Like Heaven” on white vinyl. For the hardcore fans, the Visitors box set collects their first four 7” singles and a bonus single featuring covers of Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way” and The Byrds’ “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better.” You’d better get in line early for this one, since Visitors will be limited to 5,000 copies.
Conor Oberst/Dawes – “Million Dollar Bill” & “Easy/Lucky/Free”In addition to hitting the road together this spring, Conor Oberst and Dawes (2012) have teamed up for one of this year’s most exciting Record Store Day releases. The limited edition 7” single features both artists covering each other’s songs, making it a must-have for Americana fans.
Surfer Blood – Pythons (Punk Edition)Following a string of tour dates with The Pixies, the dudes in Surfer Blood (2012) went back to the studio and started work on the noisier follow-up to 2010’s Astro Coast. While Pythons came out last summer, the initial recordings were rejected by the record label. Thanks to their RSD 2014 release, fans can finally hear the original “Punk Edition” of the album
For more info on how you can the most out of this year’s Record Store Day, take a peek at their official website. They’ve got the full list of special releases, exciting in-store performances, and participating locations. Of course, you’re still able to find tons of great used and new music at your local record shop year-round. Happy shopping!