RSD 2014 Preview: The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive

(There is no bad)

Officially founded in 2007, Record Store Day is a celebration of the community, pride, and hard-work that goes into every independently owned record store. In the past few years, Record Store Day has grown into its own holiday, where artists small and large deliver a limited supply of releases old and new. Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D, from the legendary hip-hip group Public Enemy, remarked on the impact of record stores, “The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other.”

I’m here to point you in the direction of my favorite releases, some of which my entire life savings ($164) on. This Saturday, thousands will gather at their local record store and indulge in the essential need that is music. Where will you be? Enjoy.

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The Vinyl Warhol’s RSD Picks (feel free to send me any of these)

??? – Side By Side Series 7″ : Always a fun, cheap way to get a unique RSD tradition. Two artists, an original song by one, with a cover by a different on the back. Last year I got The Stooges’/The Black Keys’ renditions of “No Fun,” on red and orange marble vinyl.

Cage the Elephant – “Take It Or Leave It”: A solid single from the band’s latest album, Melophobia. The B-side features an unreleased track called “Jesse James.”

CHVRCHES – Recover EP: One of last year’s hottest new acts, CHVRCHES has dominated both underground and popular music. They’re also playing at Bonnaroo!!

Haim – Forever: Another new giant from last year. Seriously infectious pop rock hits!

Jay Z/Linkin Park – Collision CourseOddly charming mash-ups of songs from both musical giants (See: “Big Pimpin’/Papercut”).

RPM Turntable Football – A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM: Just look.

The Velvet Underground – LoadedA classic from a band where all of their albums (I don’t count are classic Squeeze) are classic. “Rock & Roll,” “Sweet Jane,” and “Cool It Down,” come on?

Liars – “Mess on a Mission”: Great tune from this band’s latest release, Mess. And just look at that! I did a blog talking about it.

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye Box set: Saving the best for last. This five LP set is a remastered recording of the band’s final concert at Madison Square Garden. The price is $130, but I’ll be damned if I’m not leaving RSD without it.

View the complete list here! So, whatcha want?

 

Back to Black Friday 2013: Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and much more

Do you have twenty something music lover who is hard to buy for? Buy him/her vinyl! Vinyl is back in a big way, and more and more vinyl junkies are showing up at Record Store Day to get exclusive releases. Back to Black Friday is celebration of the local record store and the biggest shopping day of the year. Enjoy.

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Usually Black Friday is a day about corporate greed and punching out moms at a Toys R Us for the last Super Deluxe Elmo with Detachable Combat Knife. If you’re tired of all that, stick it to “The Man” at Back to Black Friday. Over 1000 independently owned record stores participate in Record Store Day exclusives, and for a ton of these releases, Black Friday is going to be the only day you can get them. Sure, you could find a guy on Craigslist, drive two hours, meet him in his shady condo/meth lab, and possibly be sold into a prostitution ring, or you could just get up early on Black Friday, drive down to your local record store, and purchase the finest exclusive releases money can buy, while telling big corporate America to suck it. Enough talk, let’s get to the releases.

Matt’s favorite Back to Black Friday 2013 exclusive releases:

  • Band of Horses- Live at the Ryman
  • The Civil Wars- Between The Bars
  • Bob Dylan- Side Tracks
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience- “Fire”/”Foxy Lady” single
  • Lady Gaga- “Applause” Remix Picture Disc
  • Silversun Pickups- “Let It Decay”/”Working Title” single
  • Tegan and Sara- “Guilty as Charged”/ “I Run Empty” single
  • Various Artists- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This is barely scratching the surface, the whole list can be viewed at here, or you can view it as a detailed PDF.

Check out my favorite record store: Park Ave. CD’s