Record Store Day is the New Festivals
Huge slew of exclusive releases from ABBA to Ozzy
By percy thrillington Mar 27, 2012 2:46PM
Seems everyone—from Ryan Adams to Paul Revere and the Raiders, from Afrika Bambaata to Pussy Galore, from Katy Perry to Captain Beefheart, from ABBA to Ozzy—is climbing aboard the good ship Record Store Day, offering a massive trove of exclusive releases, early availabilities, reissues, and limited run offerings to independent record stores in an effort to get people to actually close their computers and go to an actual record store and actually buy actual records. If this concept is unfamiliar, please ask your parents (or grandparents), as it really is a good time. Another way to learn about it is to patronize your local indie record shop on April 21.
A big treasury of quotes from artists and record sellers explaining why Record Store Day and record stores period are a good idea is here.
One such quote is here:
“My local independent record shop (Honest Jons) is a library, where you can go to listen to music, learn about it, exchange ideas about it and be inspired by it. I think independent record shops will outlive the music industry as we know it because long term their value to people is far greater, because even in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you cant replace the actual look on someone’s face when they are playing something they really rate and think you should listen to it too. It’s special.”
- Damon Albarn (Blur, The Gorillaz, etc.)
Perhaps the most ambitious Record Store Day release (unsurprisingly) is from the Flaming Lips, detailed here, via Pitchfork:
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends and features collaborations with Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, Ke$ha, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Lightning Bolt, Biz Markie, New Fumes, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It's out on Record Store Day, April 21.
The recordings document "a series of unique and experimental sessions," according to a press release, and will be released in a very limited edition and never pressed again. The album comes as a 2xLP on multicolored vinyl, each disc with a unique design. A number of the tracks included have been culled from the Lips' previous collaborations with Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, Prefuse 73, and Yoko Ono.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends:
01 2012 (featuring Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
02 Ashes in the Air (featuring Bon Iver)
03 Helping the Retarded to Know God (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
04 Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee (featuring Prefuse 73)
05 Children of the Moon (featuring Tame Impala)
06 That Ain't My Trip (featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
07 You, Man? Human? (featuring Nick Cave)
08 I'm Working at NASA On Acid (featuring Lightning Bolt)
09 Do It! (featuring Yoko Ono)
10 Is David Bowie Dying? (featuring Neon Indian)
11 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (featuring Erykah Badu)
12 Thunder Drops (featuring New Fumes)
13 I Don't Want You to Die (featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay)