Today’s been sort of a slow day (fun fact: the music industry likes three-day weekends), so let’s spend a few minutes looking ahead to one of music’s more exciting days. On April 16th, Record Store Day returns for another early morning bonanza of long waits outside your favorite local establishments as you scramble to find a limited-edition clear vinyl version of The Hold Steady’s Heaven Is Whenever only to find out four hours later that it probably wasn’t worth the legwork and $30 you spent. But I digress.
We’re still two months off from this year’s event, but a number of the special edition releases have already been detailed. After scrolling through Record Store Day’s UK website, Wax Poetic, and Pop & Hiss, we narrowed down some of our early favorites and then fleshed ’em out below. Mind you, many more releases are still to be announced, so keep checking back to Consequence of Sound for more updates. It would also be a good idea to bookmark our Upcoming Releases Calendar.
— The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”/”Heroes and Villains”: 78 rpm vinyl double disc set includes commercially released versions of both songs on the first disc, and early alternate takes on second disc.
— The Black Angels – Another Nice Pair: Limited edition red vinyl featuring the band’s first two albums. Artwork designed by founding member/guitarist Christian Bland. Download card also included. 100 inserts signed by the band will be randomly packed through the pressing.
— Busdriver – “Ass to Mouth” b/w “Colour Wheel”: The first offering from Busdriver’s upcoming studio album. [1000 copies]
— The Clash – The Magnificent Seven: 7″ heavyweight red vinyl reissue, plus bonus 4-track CD.
— Clinic – Ladies Night: An EP of cover versions featuring songs originally recorded by Cilla Black, Audrey Hepburn, Man Parrish & The Seeds.
— Deftones – Covers: Classic Deftones’ cover tracks, pressed together on limited edition vinyl for the first time ever. [5,000 copies]
— Derek & The Dominos – “Got to Get Better in a Little While” b/w “Layla”: 7 inch single featuring previously unreleased track backed by the classic “Layla”.
— The Flaming Lips – Heady Nugs: First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002: Special RSD edition black vinyl version. [5,000 copies]
— Franz Ferdinand – Covers EP: A 12″ EP featuring cover versions of songs from Franz Ferdinand’ Tonight album performed by Debbie Harry, LCD Soundsystem, Peaches, ESG, and Stephin Merrit (of Magnetic Fields).
— Green Day/HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ – “Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely”: Split 7″ featuring HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ original plus Green Day’s cover.
— Grinderman – “Evil”: 12 red glitter vinyl featuring remix with lead vocals by The Nationals Matt Berninger. [UK only] [750 copies]
— Jenny & Johnny/Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris – “Love Hurts”: Split 7″ featuring Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris original plus Jenny & Johnny’s cover.
— The Kills – “Satellite”: Special dub 10″ features mixes by Mad Professor.
— Mastodon: Live at Aragon: A 180-gram vinyl edition of the band’s new live album, featuring a live DVD. [2,500 copies]
— Mastodon/ZZ Top – “Just Got Paid”: Split 7″ featuring ZZ original plus Mastodon’s cover.
— Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Telesterion: 4LP box of his new greatest hits collection. [350 copies]
— Ozzy Osbourne – “Flying High Again”: RSD 7″ featuring live version of “I Don’t Know” as the B-side.
— Queen – Stormtroopers In Stilettos: Limited edition 7″ features two previously unreleased versions of tracks recorded in the early 70’s, “Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake)” (from Queen) and “Stone Cold Crazy” (2011 Remaster) (from Sheer Heart Attack). [2,000 copies]
— R.E.M. – Three: 3 x 7″ box set featuring three live singles.
— Red Hot Chili Peppers/The Ramones – “Havana Affair”: Split 7″ featuring Ramones original plus Chili Peppers’ cover.
— Panda Bear – Tomboy: Limited edition of new album on clear vinyl, featuring exclusive t shirt. [1,000 copies]
— Phish – Two Soundchecks: The bands first ever live vinyl release and their first release in conjunction with Record Store Day. The A-Side is an instrumental jam culled from the soundcheck of Phishs third show of a sold out three-night stand at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. The B-Side is an especially exotic soundcheck from Hartford, CT in 2009, featuring Trey on Bass, and Fish on drums. [2,000 copies]
— The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”: 7 inch single vinyl replica of the original EP. B/w b-sides “Bitch” and “Let It Rock”.
— Syd Barrett: An Introduction to Syd Barrett: 180 gram double LP features tracks that Barrett recorded while he was with Pink Floyd as well as solo recordings.
— Yeasayer – End Blood: 7″ single featuring two previously unreleased tracks.