Record Store Day, the one day that the independent record store owner could once revel in, has become a monster event where the major record companies have muscled their way into, totally usurping the RSD spirit. Still for the true music fan or keen collector getting in line tomorrow, Aril 16 will definitely be worth the effort as there are some true gems being released.
This year’s RSD ambassadors are Metallica and ironically, for a loud metal band they have not drummed up the same kind of buzz as 2015’s ambassador, Dave Grohl – a Svengali when it comes to getting his word out. In the true spirit of the day the Bay Area band will play a free show in Berkeley’s independent record store, Rasputin Music. If you can’t get tickets, you can visit Metallica’s Facebook site where they will stream the show.
Metallica will also have a special release of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica: Live at Le Baraclan. It will benefit victim’s of last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
There will be 500 releases made available at record stores around the country for RSD. We will be side-stepping Justin Bieber’s Picture Disc release and tempting as it is – the Hello Kitty compilation but have definitely got our hearts set on a handful of classics as well as newer releases. Happy vinyl hunting.
David Bowie I Dig Everything: The Pye Singles 1966
To celebrate the 50th anniversary release of six songs that Bowie recorded as singles for Pye, this release is a must. It was a time when the rock icon was struggling to find his own voice, dabbling in the fad sounds of the day with folk, blues and rock. He was still Davey Jones then. “I’m not losing sleep” sounds a little Tom Jones. “I Dig Everything” has an Austin Powers groove. “Good Morning Girl” has a bluesy riff and “And I Say To Myself” a doo wop melody as he opines for a girl. “Can’t Help Thinking About Me” the first song he wrote and recorded as a solo artist, he once admitted was his most solipsistic but through the compilation you hear the hints of a sounds that would come to define him, only for him to further debunk them later.
Iggy Pop & The Stooges: Metallic KO
If you were asked to pick back then between friends and collaborators Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop – would you have imagined that Iggy Pop would be the last man standing? Especially after Metallic KO – which according to rock folklore was recorded live in front of a particularly hostile audience. They pelted the proto-punk frontman with beer bottles and when he nose-dived into the crowd as he often did – they beat him to a pulp till he passed out. Yet here he is today still contemplating stage dives after writing new music, collaborating and performing with Josh Homme on the aptly titled, Post Pop Depression.
Patti Smith: Horses Live Electric Lady Studio
Last year, Patti Smith performed her 1975 seminal debut, Horses in its full-entirety at the legendary Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village. In the small audience were fans such as Michael Stipe and all agreed that Smith’s voice and vigor had not diminished one iota so to be able to get a hold of this re-imagining will be sweet. As much for the newcomer who wants to get acquainted with the female rock icon as it is for the longtime fan.
13th Floor Elevators: You’re Gonna Miss Me
Elevators frontman – Roky Erickson’s James Brown-like shriek in the psychedelic garage-rock classic “You’re Gonna Miss Me” resonates even more so today where psychedelia is coming back with a vengeance. The band have re-formed to tour again with Erickson overcoming great personal adversity to attempt any kind of stage craft. This is a must.
J Dilla: The Diary
This is the 14th posthumous release of the prolific and imaginative Detriot-born Beats maverick, J Dilla – who in his time had worked with A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, The Roots, Common and De La Soul. He died of a rare blood disease at the age of 33 and was mourned by the hip hop community and fans everywhere. A decade after his death, this long-lost vocal album featuring Dilla as MC with beats by LA-based cult producer Madlibs is the one that the man himself would have wanted you to hear, if not for all the label drama he encountered.
Roots Manuva: Switching Sides
A game-changer on the UK music scene back in 2001 with the release of his single “Witness”, UK rapper Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva is following his critically-acclaimed Bleeds album from last year with 5-song EP, Switching Sides. It is produced by co-founder and former Major Lazer member, Switch. It will feature Bleeds favorite “Crying” in his inimitable mix of South London sound system culture – which encompasses urban rap, reggae, dancehall and pentecostal music – with cockney rhyming slang and an actual sample of him crying all packaged into a sleek modern sound.
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval will release a limited edition 7-inch red vinyl with her other band The Warm Inventions which includes Colm Ó Cíosóig of My Bloody Valentine and Jim Putnam from Rader Bros. Released on their own label Tendril Tales – “Isn’t It True” comes backed with “She’s In The Wall”. The former is the very first material to be shared from the band’s new full length while the latter is an exclusive RSD release. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions have released two acclaimed albums to date – their 2001 debut Bavarian Fruit Bread and Through The Devil Softly in 2009. In 2013 Sandoval released the much lauded fourth Mazzy Star album Seasons Of Your Day.
For a full listing of all RSD release, please click here.