In the introduction to 5 Albums Coming Out This Week, I joke about the prospect of driving ALL THE WAY to Best Buy to purchase music, when there’s an entire Internet right in front of you. But Record Store Day isn’t about chains like Best Buy — it’s about supporting independent music stores, of which there are fewer and fewer every year. It’s hard to make a statement like that and not sound like a douche (a douche am I), but it’s true; the Internet is destroying them, and they could use your business.
That’s why you should take note of this year’s RSD 2013, on April 20th. Instead of ironically buying a Smash Mouth album on Amazon to give away as a gag gift, you should purchase any one of these Record Store Day rarities, or any of the hundreds of other exclusives, really. At least for one day a year, pretend you’re in High Fidelity.
Pulled from the original analog source, the remastered album comes on two different colored vinyls: LP1 is on split-color black and red vinyl, and LP2 is on white vinyl, all housed in a double pocket gatefold. (Via)
The “No Fun” split 7″ [will feature] the Stooges’ famed track on one side and the Black Keys’ 2002 cover on the flip side. It’s pressed on orange and red sunburst vinyl, and limited to 7,000 copies. (Via)
Old friends Black Lips and Icky Blossoms team up for a Record Store Day exclusive split 7″ featuring covers of two classic tracks. Black Lips take on the Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ rendition of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” while Icky Blossoms cover Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Arabian Knights.” Limited edition of 1,000 on colored vinyl. (Via)
Omnivore Recordings will release the soundtrack to the forthcoming Big Star documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me, featuring previously unissued versions of classic Big Star songs. The limited-edition set comes pressed on coloured vinyl. (Via)
The first volume in its new Live vinyl series containing songs from the band’s debut album, Adrenaline, hand-picked by the band and recorded live at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York, on Oct. 13, 1996. The recordings were taken from the original live analog sources and pressed on both 120- and 180-gram-quality vinyl. (Via)
Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear, and Nicolas Jaar will join forces for a split 10″ featuring remixes of Eno’s “LUX” and Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute” by Jaar. (Via)
Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit have both teamed up with Manchester Orchestra to release a very special 12-inch single for Record Store Day. The release, which features the Manchester Orchestra/Grouplove collaboration “Make It To Me” and the Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit collaboration “Architect.” (Via)