Record Store Day: Start saving your pennies

Oh my god you guys. Record Store Day is just 51 days away. April 16, to be exact. And, slowly but surely, word is coming in about the various treats that are gonna be available for the 2011 edition. It’s sort of hilarious thinking about how RSD has evolved over the years in the industry’s mind: At first, it was sort of laughed at and humored by the big guys, but championed by the bigger indies who knew that independent record stores were the ones that buttered both sides of their bread. Then, after it was obviously a success, the big boys came on board, issuing semi-ridiculous baubles that proved just how out of touch they were with what people wanted.

Now? It’s a full-fledged event, and everyone – literally, everyone – wants to grab a little bit of the retail magic. This is a good thing! (Although, you know, maybe it wouldn’t kill ’em to be there for local independent retail the other 364 days a year.) [For a different perspective on whether or not this is a good thing, check out this thoughtful screed.] A lot of the really good stuff hasn’t even been announced yet, and check out what’s already worth lining up for on Record Store Day 2011:

  • Five vinyl reissues from the Vanguard vaults, including titles by John Fahey, Country Joe & the Fish, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, and John Hammond, plus Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era, a 2LP comp of the label’s occasional forays into garage rock and psych, including Jacksonville band the 31st of February.
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of A Madman vinyl reissues (they’re calling these “definitive 30th anniversary editions” which translates to me as “the bullshit re-recorded ones Ozzy and Sharon did to dick Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake out of royalties,” so, you know, fuck that), plus a 7-inch of “Flying High Again” b/w “I Don’t Know (live)” Also: Ozzy is “spokesperson” for Record Store Day 2011, which is thirteen different kinds of hilarious, seeing as how “speaking” is not exactly his strongest suit. But whatever. (CORRECTION: He’s “ambassador.” Still hilarious.)
  • Flaming Lips: Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 – 5 LP box set
  • A Bear in Heaven/Lindstrøm split 12-inch
  • Mighty Clouds: Lifelike vinyl repress
  • Nickel Creek: Nickel Creek, This Side, Why Should the Fire Die vinyl reissues
  • The Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations” 78RPM double vinyl single set
  • Franz Ferdinand: Covers EP
  • Syd Barrett: An Introduction To Syd Barrett 180-gram double vinyl LP
  • Gold Panda: “Marriage” 12-inch
  • Phish: Two Soundchecks 7-inch
  • Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu split 7-inch
  • Bibio/Clark split 12-inch

UPDATE: I’m gonna add new stuff to this post as I get ’em in. By “add,” I mean, cut-and-paste from press releases, so forgive me if the formatting is ugly.

  • Black Market Baby / Potential Suicide / 7″ / Dr. Strange / Limited to 200 Copies
  • Bouncing Souls / Live at Generation Records / LP / Generation / Limited to 1000 Copies
  • The Frustrators / Griller / 7″ / Dr. Strange / Limited to 200 Copies
  • The Menzingers / Chamberlain Waits / LP / Red Scare / Limited to 300 Copies
  • Touche Amore / To the Beat of a Dead Horse (All-White Art Edition) / LP / 6131 / Limited to 250 Copies
  • William Elliott Whitmore/P.O.S. / Split / 7″ / Init / Limited to 1500 Copies
  • Bad Brains: God Of Love + bonus 7” (vinyl LP + two song 7” single)
  • The Belle Brigade: The Belle Brigade (vinyl LP)
  • Built To Spill: “Ripple” (7” picture disc) Very limited collector’s edition is a picture disc and features only one track; a previously unreleased live version of the Grateful dead classic  recorded live on October 11, 2010 in Charlotte, NC.
  • Eric Clapton: Unplugged (Two-disc set on 180-gram vinyl; Bernie Grundman Mastering)
  • Deftones: Covers (vinyl LP)
  • Fleetwood Mac: Rumours – Standard and Deluxe Editions (Bernie Grundman Mastering)
  • Glassjaw:  Worship And Tribute – considered a hardcore masterpiece, this long sought-after pressing will be available on vinyl for the first time ever vinyl pressing in a limited edition.
  • Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American – A special 10th Anniversary Limited edition 3-disc reissue of this seminal album featuring a disc of rarities and b-sides pressed on 140 gram vinyl (each one will be hand numbered with a gold foil stamp). There will also be a special run of colored vinyl made exclusive for the Zia Record Store Day tent at Coachella in support of their appearance at the festival.
  • Mastodon: Live At The Aragon (Deluxe 2-disc set on 180-gram vinyl + DVD; Bernie Grundman Mastering) – Vinyl edition of the first-ever live experience package from heavy rock innovators Mastodon captures the band’s sonic assault recorded and filmed live in October 2009 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom while the band was touring in support of Crack The Skye.
  • My Chemical Romance: “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” (7” picture disc)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Limited Edition white vinyl, You’re Gonna Get It! (Limited Edition blue vinyl; both Bernie Grundman Mastering).
  • R.E.M.: Three (3 – 7” single 45 RPM discs, first three singles from their new album, Collapse Into Now, each in individual art gatefold sleeves. All B-sides are previously unreleased. Bernie Grundman Mastering) Disc 1. Mine Smell Like Honey/ Supernatural Superserious (live in Raleigh, NC) Disc 2. Oh My Heart/ Harborcoat (live in Riga, Latvia) Disc 3. ÜBerlin/ What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (live in Oslo, Norway)
  • Regina Spektor: Four From Far (Limited Edition 7”  33 1/3 RPM EP on powder-blue vinyl)
  • “Havana Affair” (Red Vinyl) The Ramones/Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely” (Orange Vinyl) Hüsker Dü/Green Day
  • “Just Got Paid” (Yellow Vinyl) ZZ Top/Mastodon
  • “Love Hurts” (Light-Blue Vinyl) Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels Featuring Emmylou Harris/Jenny And Johnny
  • Superchunk – Here’s Where the Strings Come In CD/LP reissue Out of print for years, Here’s Where the Strings Come In has been remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Company from the original 1/2″ reels, and will be available for the first time on 180 gram vinyl (with download coupon), and on CD newly packaged in LP-style cardboard sleeves. The heavy-duty vinyl jackets were re-printed at the original printing plant, Stoughton Printing Co, from the 1995 release. Both formats will also come with a download of exclusive bonus materials from the Superchunk vaults.
  • Caribou – Swim (Remixes) 12-inch Originally released as a digital-only companion to Caribou’s acclaimed 2010 release Swim, the Swim (Remixes) double A-side 12-inch features “Leave House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)” b/w “Jamelia (Gold Panda Remix)” as well as a code to download the entire 14-track release. Limited to 1000 and packaged in a European-style black sleeve, this 12-inch is a must for DJs and Caribou fans alike!
  • Polvo – Celebrate the New Dark Age 12-inch – Autographed by original line-up! Originally released in 2008, this re-issue of Polvo’s guitar-twisting seven-song EP on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl is a Merge hallmark. Complete with great sleeve design by Independent Project Press, and a free download coupon. Exclusively for Record Store Day, a limited number of this vinyl EP have been autographed by the original 1994 Polvo line-up!
  • Superchunk / Coliseum – “Horror Business” b/w “Bullet” split 7-inch Merge Records and Temporary Residence Limited have partnered to co-release “Horror Business” b/w “Bullet,” a limited-edition 7-inch of Misfits covers from Superchunk and Coliseum for April 16 – Record Store Day. Limited to 1,500 copies and available exclusively in record stores, the 7-inch cover was designed by Coliseum singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson, with a nod to the artwork from the Misfits’ Three Hits From Hell single. The 7-inch will be issued on three different colors of vinyl: Yellow w/ Black Splatter; Magenta w/ Black Splatter; and standard Black (500 copies of each).

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