It’s spring! April is around the corner, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the record presses are being pushed into overdrive! Yes, time for the annual RSD and the list is out! You can see it HERE. Like every year the tsunami of RSD releases just seems to grow and grow, and like millions of people you may have to camp outside of your favorite record digging spot holding your place in line for the shenanigans. We fully support all local record stores and encourage you to go more than just one day a year. Head on down on a normal day and you can talk with your local music guru who will most likely point you in the direction of a band you never knew you loved. And you get the added benefit of supporting their livelihood all year long.
Coming off of the recent passing of the legendary David Bowie, RSD this year again has three releases. Two picture discs (7” and 12”) and a limited “exclusive 50th anniversary release of six songs Bowie recorded and released as three different singles for Pye in 1966. Guaranteed to heal an aching heart. Limited to 7500 copies.” Rest in peace Ziggy.
Here are a few releases we are personally looking forward to:
Mewithoutyou – Ten Stories: Originally released on the band’s own Pine Street label in 2012. Helmed by producer and friend of the band Daniel Smith (Sufjan Stevens) and mixed by Brad Wood (Sunny Day Real Estate), Ten Stories is an allegorical collection of songs that, at first listen, follows a winding narrative about a circus train crash in 19th century Montana. But long-time fans of this band know that although we are immediately introduced to a talking elephant, fox and tiger, there is always more than meets the eye. The Record Store Day 2016 reissue of Ten Stories includes reimagined and expanded packaging by longtime collaborator Charlie Wagers, as well as clear vinyl with a red, yellow and orange random splatter pattern.
Radical Face – The Family Tree 4LP set: More than 10 years ago, in a shed behind his mother’s house, Ben Cooper AKA Radical Face, started an unprecedented musical journey. The story of a fictitious, and sometimes otherworldly 19th century family was brought to life in a three-part album series called The Family Tree. Certain instrumentations and melodies were used to represent various “family members” and each album was recorded using only the instrumentation available during the era represented. Throughout the writing and recording process of each album in the trilogy, there were certain tracks that didn’t quite fit the album. These came to be known as “the bastards.” Historically, “the bastards” have been given away to fans in front of each album to elicit excitement for the impending album release. As the trilogy is now finished, so are “the bastards”. The vinyl from the three Family Tree albums has been combined with the vinyl for The Bastards (not available anywhere else) and a 65 page color book of unreleased art to comprise one complete, stand-alone piece available to Radical Face fans for the first time at record stores.
Sun Ra – Spaceways: Receiving its first ever vinyl release for Record Store Day 2016, Spaceways features live performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in New York City in 1966 and 1968. Free and “spacy” as ever, the recordings capture Sun Ra in his element with over a dozen Arkestra members backing him up. Remastered and pressed on a psychedelic swirl color vinyl.
Alt-J – Live at Redrocks: Recorded at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater in the summer of 2015, “Live At Red Rocks” captures alt-J at the height of their powers, performing for 6,000 screaming fans. This Record Store Day special release includes two colored vinyl LPs, a CD and DVD. The 75 minute live album / concert DVD features songs from their Mercury Prize winning and RIAA Gold certified debut, An Awesome Wave and the Grammy-Nominated follow up This Is All Yours.
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch: The Record Store Day version of this album is pressed on red vinyl and contains a bonus 45 RPM single of “Us” b/w “Scarecrow & Fungus” and “December.” Limited to 3,000 copies.
Rough Guide To East Coast Blues: Undoubtedly the most varied and fun-loving form of country blues, East Coast Blues was influenced by the ragtime traditions of the early 20th century and pioneered by some of the greatest blues guitarists that ever lived. For Record Store Day 2016, these favorites and little-known masterpieces come together for the Rough Guide on LP, with a download code featuring bonus tracks.
Etta James – At Last:Etta James debut LP originally released in 1960, featuring the hit “At Last” as well as other R&B, Blues and Jazz standards. This Record Store Day release contains four bonus tracks. Limited to 2000 on colored vinyl.
J-Dilla – The Diary: PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and announced the release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. Many were mixed by Dilla himself. Those that weren’t have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present. The Diary is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. The Record Store Day vinyl issue of The Diary includes a special 7” pressing of “The Ex” that will only be found on the RSD issue of the LP.
Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball Deluxe Edition: The long awaited audiophile-quality vinyl reissue of Emmylou Harris’ 1995 Grammy winning masterpiece Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson) and featuring appearances by Brian Blade, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, among others. Includes original album sequence as well as outtakes and alternate versions from the original recording sessions. This Record Store Day release features three 180 gram LPs remastered with bonus tracks, and 4 page lyric insert. Limited to 5,000 copies.
BORNS – Live at KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic: Recorded live at KCRW, this Record Store Day release features BORNS performing acoustic versions of songs from the “Dopamine” album on colored 12″ vinyl.
The James Brown Revue – Get Down At The Apollo with the J.B.’s: No performer and venue are as intertwined in excellence as James Brown and Harlem’s fabled Apollo Theater. There are many releases of Brown and his J.B.’s recorded live at the Apollo. But, the performance captured here, originally slated for release in 1973, was not issued after the funk-filled night of its recording in 1972. The material languished until recently when two cuts were included on 2013’s “Best of Live At The Apollo” with a digital release as part of a Live At The Apollo overview. But vinyl? This performance has never seen the vinyl issue it so deserves. In the early 70s Brown and the J.B.’s had reached, let’s call it maximum funk. The performances are impeccable and Brown’s sharing the spotlight with Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher), Bobby Byrd and of course the J.B.’s truly captures the scope of the Brown organization at the time. For the first time ever on LP, Get On Down is proud to present “Get Down At The Apollo With The J.B.’s” as a double LP set for Record Store Day 2015.
Blitzen Trapper – Field Rexx: A classic DIY release, Field Rexx was made in the sweltering summer of 2004 with no budget amidst the hiss of flies and tape. “Recorded,” according to the liner notes, “at the carny shack, fer shook n timsel on Duke’s shoot-o-matic for tisks & soda & that ol’ broke 4-track that 3-fingrd mike poured Old English on and lit on fire,” Rexx’s warped eclectic pop Americana proves that great songs and performances can transcend squalor and bad album art. Features archival material of the original Trapper, James Earley, performing snippets of traditional hillbilly tunes. Field Rexx is Blitzen Trapper’s self-released sophomore album originally released in 2005. It was remastered at the tail end of 2015 and is available on Record Store Day for the first time on vinyl. A free download code including 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks is included.