The official 2013 list for Record Store Day came out a few days ago, and I’ve been busy culling some of my picks from the massive list this year. I also put together a metal-centric list for Purple Dog Records, so make sure you check that out as well. Just so you know exactly how big that hole in your wallet will be this time around.
2013’s list is jam-packed with eccentric, colored vinyl, as well as some sweet rarities. Like a couple of truly collectable mix-tape cassette releases. First, a comp from California indie label, Burger Records, A Taste of Burger Records. The second, a sick, out of print, three-cassette box set rarity from Kill Rock Stars will actually make your life better. That is if you manage to get your hands on one of the 500 sets. In addition to the previous non-vinyl recommendations, my top picks for RSD 2013 follows. Don’t forget, RSD is April 20th!
Aerosmith is reissuing three records from their early catalog; their self-titled debut, Toys in the Attic, and Get Your Wings. All on 180 gram vinyl. If you only pick up one, it has to be the bands first raw, blues-riddled release from 1973.
This year, Record Store Day is offering something called “Side by Side,” a collection of exclusive RSD 7″ singles that feature a classic recording of a song on Side A, and a cover of the song by another artist on side B. For this one, The Black Keys get to cover the Stooge classic “No Fun”, with The Stooge-y original on side A. There are two versions: one on black splattered vinyl, and one on clear splattered colored vinyl (pictured above).
Earache Records’ contribution to RSD this year is something Earache is calling “The Worlds Shortest Album”. Clocking in at only 83 seconds, the mini-5″ vinyl comes in a 12″ gate fold sleeve. The short, but brutal track listing follows:
01. Napalm Death – You Suffer (1.9s)
02. Napalm Death – Dead (2.7s)
03. Napalm Death – Your Achievement (4.2s)
04. Wormrot – False Grind Sodomy (2.5s)
05. Wormrot – You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (4.0s)
06. Brutal Truth – Collateral Damage (4.0s)
07. A.C. – Howard Wulkan’s Bald (4.0s)
01. Lawnmower Deth – Be Scene Not Heard (4.7s)
02. Painkiller – Trailmarker (6.0s)
03. Brutal Truth – Blockhead (7.3s)
04. Morbid Angel – Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (6.9s)
05. A.C. – Windchimes Are Gay (9.5s)
06. Insect Warfare – Street Sweeper (13.5s)
Since there is no such thing as “too much David Bowie,” the Thin White Duke has two RSD releases this year. The title track to Bowie’s 1973 “Aladdin Sane” release, Drive in Saturday, will be pressed into a beautiful picture disc (above). The live version on side B comes from Bowie’s 1973 performance on the Russell Harty Show.
The second Bowie RSD release comes in the form of a white, 7″, with two tracks from Bowies latest record, The Next Day. Side A has my favorite song from Day, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, and side B features the track, “Where Are We Now?”.
Shadows in the Sun is the second release from Brother Ali. Originally released in 2003, Shadows in the Sun is getting a pretty deluxe redux for it’s 10th anniversary. Pressed into a truly collectable work of art onto a custom picture disc (pictured above) . It comes with a clear plastic gatefold PVC jacket, as well as a digital download card. I’m a huge fan of Brother Ali, and this record is a great way to become one yourself.
Out of print for a decade, The Cure’s 1987 record will be pressed onto appropriately colored red 12″ vinyl.
Another Record Store Day thankfully means it’s time for another completely evil Dio picture disc. 2000’s Magica was Dio’s first concept record. I can’t say enough about the art on these Dio discs, except that they are even more amazing in person. Dio’s classic track Holy Diver does double duty, as the chosen cover for another RSD’s 7″ Side by Side with Killswitch Engage. Making this one even more metal is its pressing on opaque, ox-blood red vinyl.
Both of the tracks on from San Fransisco’s Golden Void 7″ are brand new, and will get their exclusive on Record Store Day. After digging on the band’s 2012 debut (the vocals on the record are very Ozzy/Sabbath era so do the math. Golden Void = Awesome), it’s excellent metal news that more sonic sounds from Golden Void are coming.
Another RSD Side By Side release has the Misfits paired up with The Lemonheads on a 7″ picture disc (above). “Skulls” was originally done by the Misfits in 1982, and The Lemonheads covered and released their own version in 1991.
7″ release “The Lonely Night” is an exclusive RSD release of a one-off track collaboration of Mark Lanegan and Moby. Side B contains a remix of the song by electro wizard, Photek.
Porno for Pyros’ debut record gets a special multi-color, “tie-dyed” pressing this year. In other good Porno news, Perry Farrell recently said the band has gotten together again, and is currently working on new material.
If for some reason you don’t own any Public Enemy (?), this RSD release will help remedy that. Pressed on picture disc. Track listing follows. And it’s louder than a bomb.
Public Enemy Greatest Hits on picture disc vinyl. Digitally remastered versions of: Welcome to the Terror Dome, Can’t Truss It, 911 Is A Joke, Shut ‘Em Down, Fight The Power, Give It Up, Harder Than You Think, By The Time I Get To Arizona, Everything, Louder Than A Bomb, Lost At Birth, Public Enemy #1, Shut Em Down (Pete Rock), I Shall Not Be Moved, Harder Than You Think (London Radio Edit)
Testament – Dark Roots cover 7′ picture disc.
This 7″ picture disc from Testament has the band banging out two very metal covers, from two other equally metal bands. Side A. has Chuck and the boys doing The Scorpions proud, with a cover of the 1980 title track to “Animal Magnetism“. Side B. features Testament’s take on another title track, this time it’s 1983’s “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden.
Mad Season – Above (Expanded edition)
This 180 gram vinyl, expanded edition of the only Mad Season record, 1995 ‘s Above, will get it’s exclusive release on RSD as a double-LP. Included on the expanded edition are three songs from the unfinished second Mad Season album with new vocals by Mark Lanegan, as well as a previously unreleased instrumental “Interlude” and a remixed version of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier.”
Akimbo – Live To Crush.
Another Seattle band in the RSD mix this year is the sadly disbanded, Akimbo. Live to Crush is the final release from the Seattle heavy metal riff masters. The band disbanded in the fall 2012, but recorded one final skull-crushing record, hand-numbered, and limited to a run of 500.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Animal X 7″
Animal X is a brand new, exclusive release single for Record Store Day, from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Pressed on 7″ picture disc (above).
Cypress Hill – Black Sunday: 20th Anniversary.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Cypress Hill’s second stellar release, Black Sunday. The double LP will be released on two, 12″ 180-gram vinyl, and an individually-numbered gatefold jacket.
To celebrate Sub Pop’s 25th Anniversary, the label is putting out a limited-edition comp of what they feel are some of the most vital, cutting-edge artists from around the world. All tracks are previously unreleased, and exclusive for RSD. The LP also includes an 11″x11″ booklet, a MP3 download coupon, and cover art by Nathan Fox. Track listing follows.
His Electro Blue Voice – Kidult
Chancha Via Circuito – Lacandona
Protomartyr – French Poet
Lori Goldston – Tangled North
Iron Lung – A Victory For Polio
Soldiers Of Fortune – Money
Peaking Lights – Subterranean Brainblow
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Radio Eyes
My Disco – Guided
Starred – Doomed”
See the entire list at Record Store Day’s official site.