Record Store Day — Just a few shopping days left!

Record Store Day is just around the corner, and I’m very excited about it.  It’s the closest thing I have to a religious holiday, outside of Christmas and Easter and so on.

The full list this year is interesting.  Lots of vinyl out there I want–and I should really get a better record player to play it, but that’s a side issue.  Figured I’d do a post to list the stuff that I’m interested in.  I think I’m working off a partial list though, as I seem to recall a few that I didn’t see on the list I just looked at for the purposes of compiling this post.  But whatever.  I’m sure I won’t walk out with even half of what I want anyway, since I’m not getting up at the crack of whenever-Vintage-Vinyl opens to get the rare stuff.

For those unfamiliar, Record Store Day (henceforth called RSD) is a day designed for the local, independent record stores.  Lots of bands and companies put out special, limited releases or use the date to launch new projects, or new collectible EPs and such.  It’s pretty cool.  A lot of it is on vinyl, a lot is on CD.  Lots of what comes out is re-released stuff that you can find elsewhere, but that gets a special release for RSD.  And that is often the stuff I gravitate toward, as you’ll see below.  Also included are some regional or VERY limited releases that you’ll never see again after RSD ends.  So it’s kind of a big deal for us collectors.

Anyway…here’s the stuff that caught my eye.  A couple of them merit explanation…

  • Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra “Polly b/w Idioteque” – AKA “Amanda Fucking Palmer.” AKA – “Oh, that chick from the Dresden Dolls?” AKA – “Neil Gaiman’s wife.”  Got interested in her solo career because of her marriage to Gaiman, whose work I admire.  He posts very sweet things about her on his tumblr page all the time, so I checked her out.  The EP coming out this year is a happy coincidence.
  • Iggy And The Stooges “Live at All Tomorrows Parties”
  • Leonard Cohen “Live in Fredericton EP” — It’s my understanding that this is a Live EP from the last tour, which should be pretty cool, because I’ve loved every note of the live stuff he’s released in the past 3-5 years.
  • Metallica “Beyond Magnetic”  — Leftovers from “Death Magnetic,” which is the record that brought Metallica back to life for me.  So I’d love to check it out.
  • Misfits “Walk Among Us”  — Come on.  Super cool.
  • Patterson Hood & the Downtown 13 (featuring Mike Mills) “After It’s Gone”  — Patterson’s the leader of the Drive-By Truckers.  Long-time fan.  I’ll check out whatever the current thing he’s doing is, whenever he does it.
  • Pete Townshend “Quadrophenia Demos Part 2” — Although, to be fair, I have not yet picked up “Part 1”
  • The Civil Wars “Live at Amoeba”  —  I have somehow not yet gotten on board with the Civil Wars, but I’ve been meaning to.  Their song “Lily Love” on the Chieftains last release definitely made me want to explore the duo a little further, so why not start on RSD?
  • Uncle Tupelo “The Seven Inch Singles” — Local alt-country heroes.  I’d like to grab up whatever I can and hear them how they were meant to be heard–vinyl.
  • Lou Reed “Rock N Roll Animal” — Classic release in a RSD special re-release.  What’s not to want?
  • Lou Reed “Transformer” — Ditto.
  • Uncle Tupelo No Depression
  • Uncle Tupelo March 16-20, 1992
  • Uncle Tupelo Still Feel Gone

…and that’s the list I’m starting with.  Probably also check out a few releases that aren’t just for RSD, too.  We’ll see how it works out this Saturday!  Anyone wanna come-with?