The 7th annual Record Store Day is just days away, and the list of exclusive releases for the 2013 season is longer than the line for Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion back in the day. But Glide has scoured the RSD release schedule to cobble together a list of 50 picks for you to keep an eye out for when you venture into the doorway of your favorite local record shop this coming Saturday, a wild and wooly hodgepodge of CDs, cassettes, 7-inches, 12-inches, heavyweight vinyl and NO DOWNLOADS that should cater to the tastes of just about everyone who has clicked on this page. So get your pen and paper or notepad app for your iPad ready, list up and make sure you get up early for your record run because these things are going to go super quick.
1. Bob Dylan -Wigwam 7-inch (Columbia)
Two previously unreleased Bob Dylan recordings from the Self Portrait sessions. Includes a demo version of "Wigwam" and the previously unreleased track "Thirsty Boots." Taken from the forthcoming release, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10. The ‘Wigwam’ demo will be backed up by ‘Thirsty Boots,’ a previously unreleased Dylan cover of the well-known song originally written and recorded by Civil Rights-era folksinger Eric Andersen. Initially recorded by Dylan for the ‘Self Portrait’ sessions, ‘Boots’ is slated for inclusion on the upcoming ‘Bootleg Series Vol. 10,’ which will reportedly focus on the period between 1969′s ‘Nashville Skyline’ and 1973′s ‘Dylan’ — an often critically maligned stretch that nonetheless includes a string of gold records and the occasional classic (e.g. ‘If Not for You’).
2. Pulp -After You (Rough Trade)
The Sheffield, England nihilists of romance deliver their first new song in 12 years in the form of this exclusive RSD 12-inch maxi-single coupled with a remix of the track from Soulwax.
3. Hüsker Dü -Amusement(Numero Group)
In August of 1980, Grant Hart, Bob Mould, and Greg Norton booked time at Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studio to record what would become their debut 7”. A deal with Twin/Tone was thought to be in the bag but was derailed by the fall 1980 signing of the Replacements— Hüsker Dü’s then-chief rival. Spurned on by Twin/Tone’s rejection, a scathing version of “Amusement” was thrashed out live at Duffy’s, and plans were made for a four song 10”, with Blackberry Way cuts “Statues,” “Writer’s Cramp,” and “Let’s Go Die” making up the balance. The enormous start up cost for a debut release forced a format change, and in January of 1981 Reflex Records #A, “Amusement” b/w “Statues,” found its way to market. The single would find two pressings over the next few years, but fall out of print as the band’s style changed from Metal Box-esque post-punk to Los Angeles-inspired hardcore.
For Record Store Day 2013, Numero will issue “Amusement” b/w “Statues” and the studio alternates “Writer’s Cramp” and “Let’s Go Die” as a 2×7”. The Blackberry Way cuts have been remastered from a first generation sub-master (the originals have long been lost), while “Amusement” was cut from the original live board tape. Grant Hart’s Fake Name Graphix artwork remains untouched, beefed up by a 28pt board gatefold jacket. Pressed in an edition of 4000, this deluxe reissue should satiate a new generation of Hüsker lovers. For at least another 33 years, anyhow.
4. Aerosmith -Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys in the Attic (Legacy Recordings)
The first three albums from Boston’s finest, individually numbered and remastered from the original source tapes onto 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
5. Various Artists - No Alternative (Legacy Recordings)
This third title from the Red Hot Organization’s popular AIDS Benefit album series was a smorgasbord of the hottest alternative rock acts of 1993, including Matthew Sweet, Buffalo Tom, Soul Asylum, Urge Overkill, American Music Club, Goo Goo Dolls, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Mould, Sarah McLachlan, Soundgarden, Straitjacket Fits, Barbara Manning, The Verlaines, Uncle Tupelo, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, Sonic Youth, Jonathan Richman and Patti Smith. In celebration of the compilation’s 20th anniversary, Legacy honors No Alternative by making the set available on vinyl for the first time in the form of this individually numbered double-LP on 180 gram wax.
6. Dust - Dust/Hard Attack (Legacy Recordings)
Dust were a hard rock trio from Brooklyn back in the early early 70s comprised of such future industry icons Kenny Aaronson on bass (who would go on to do session work with everyone from Hall and Oates to the New York Dolls), guitarist Richie Wise (producer of the first two KISS albums) and drummer Marc Bell (aka Marky Ramone formerly of The Voidoids and The Ramones and current maker of the best commercially jarred pasta sauce on the market). This RSD exclusive features their lone pair of albums, 1971′s self titled debut and its ’72 follow-up Hard Attack on one limited edition collection, remastered from the original analog tapes and overseen by Aronson and Bell.
7. Cypress Hill - Black Sunday (Legacy Recordings)
Hard to believe two whole decades have passed since the days when we burned blunts in the Buick as "Hits from the Bong" bumped in the background. But alas, we are getting old, yet Cypress Hill’s indelible sophomore masterpiece remains as essential as ever. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Black Sunday returns to the marketplace on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and individually numbered jacket, providing the perfect makeshift table for your next rolling session.
8. Shuggie Otis - Introducing Shuggie Otis (Legacy Recordings)
This new compilation brings together ten of the most indelible tracks from the artist Questlove called "…the unsung hero of blues and funk. His music is so potent that it only blossomed 30 years after it was first released." Includes seminal tracks from the artist’s core catalog: Here Comes Shuggie Otis (1969), Freedom Flight (1971) and Inspiration Information (1974).
9. Stephen Malkmus and Friends – Can’s Ege Bamyasi (Matador)
While headlining the Weekend Fest in Cologne, Germany, last year, Malkmus–backed by the Deutschland quartet Von Spar–honored the 40th anniversary of the legendary fourth record by experimental rock masters CAN by playing it in its entirety. And here is the fruits of their lofty labor, a beautiful RSD exclusive on green vinyl inside a fold over silkscreened jacket designed by David Shrigley and limited to 3000 units. So did the Pavement Premier do justice to Ege Bamyasi? Only one way to find out.
10. Built to Spill – Live (Warner Bros.)
Unavailable for well over a decade, the Idaho guitar rock scions’ stellar concert document from their 1999 Keep It Like A Secret tour returns to shelves in the form of this limited RSD exclusive on heavyweight vinyl with a copy of the album on CD included in the jacket.
11. The Small Faces – There are But Four Small Faces (Varese Saraband)
The Small Faces’ 1967 mod masterpiece has been out of print for the longest time be it on cassette, CD or vinyl. But now this incredibly underrated classic from the British Invasion highlighted by the band’s stoner pop ditty "Itchycoo Park" has finally been made available again for Record Store Day. Relish in the nature of that cover!
12. Grateful Dead – Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 (Rhino)
Originally released in 2005 on CD, this awesome odds-n-sods set from the Dead’s salad days that includes the only known version of Jerry singing "Promised Land" is available once again for the first time on vinyl with new cover art and limited to 5500 copies.
13. Van Dyke Parks – Song Cycle (Rhino)
One of the greatest albums of late 60s orch-pop gets some RSD love as Rhino makes the mono version of SMiLE songwriter Van Dyke Parks’ whimsical debut LP available once again after 45 years in limbo.
14. Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die ‘(Rhino)
Just a year shy of its 20th anniversary, Rhino revamps one of the 90s’ seminal rap classics with alternate cover art and a white vinyl repress.
15. Half Japanese Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts (Fire Records)
Maryland experimental punk greats’ 1980 debut is given the deluxe edition treatment from Fire Records in the form of this three-disc box set with 32 page booklet and new tracks, limited to 2000 copies. This title will also be released in a 4XLP boxset featuring an extra 12” containing tracks not originally available on the debut and extra unreleased tracks. This deluxe set also includes a 32 page booklet and an original Jad Fair poster 30cm x 60cm and a download card. The CD version also contains a CD of the extra material and the 32 page booklet.
16. King Crimson Going Schizoid with King Crimson (Discipline Global Mobile)
This exclusive release includes a 10-track CD compilation of live performances (ranging from 1969 all the way to 1998), a band-driven graphic novel based on ‘The Vicar Chronicles’ (described by the band as “semi-fictional stories about the inner madness of the music industry”), and a collectibles bundle of t-shirt, poster, and stickers all based on the artwork from the band’s seminal masterpiece In the Court of the Crimson King.
17. R.E.M. Live in GREENsboro (Rhino)
Limited to 2500 copies and easily the most affordable thing on the RSD shelf at $7.98, this five-track EP gathers the material left off the live bonus disc featured on Rhino’s 25th anniversary deluxe edition of R.E.M.’s 1988 major label debut Green.
18. Bardo Pond - Rise Above It All (Fire Records)
500 copies, features covers of Funkadelic’s "Maggot Brain" and “The Creator has a Master Plan” by Pharoah Sanders.
19. Orange Juice – LP reissues (Domino)
At long last, the four indispensable Polydor-era albums from Scottish post-punk greats Orange Juice–1982′s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever and Rip It Up and 1984′s Texas Fever and The Orange Juice–are made available once again for RSD on vinyl with download cards for each title.
20. Daniel Johnston -Fun (Org Music)
Mr. Johnston’s most accessible LP makes its long-awaited debut on vinyl in honor of its 20th anniversary.
21. Willie Nelson - Crazy: The Demo Sessions (Sugar Hill)
When Willie first got to Nashville he cut some demos for Ray Price and Hal Smith’s publishing company, Pamper Music. Though these cuts were used to pitch songs to artists (including ‘Crazy’ for Patsy Cline) and producers, many weren’t released. These 1960-1966 tracks are available for the first time on vinyl.
22. Chet Atkins -Black Jack EP (Sundazed)
From the kings of rock up in Coxsackie, NY comes this exclusive 7-inch featuring four previously unreleased recordings from the guitar guru’s RCA/Victor days.
23. Bobby Rush -Southern King of Blues Funk (Soul Selector)
Excellent best-of collection covering the entire span of the blues funk legend’s career, created exclusively for Record Store Day.
24. Phish – Lawn Boy Deluxe Vinyl Edition (JEMP)
Phish’s second studio album, pressed on two 180g Audiophile grade Vinyl LPs. Lacquers cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original stereo 1/4" mater reels. Foil stamp numbered first pressing of 7,500 with a really cool etch on Side D and includes a download for free MP3s of the entire album.
25. Flaming Lips - Zaireeka Vinyl Edition (Warner Bros.)
Thought it was a trick to play all four CDs of the Lips’ lofty 1997 sonic experiment simultaneously? Wait until you try doing the same thing on vinyl!
26. Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me (Omnivore)
This special pressing of the soundtrack to Magnolia Pictures’ upcoming documentary on the game-changing power pop group is literally teeming with previously unreleased rough cuts, alternative takes and newly spruced up mixes of their greatest songs. No fan of Big Star should overlook this most excellent exclusive.
27. Last Shop Standing DVD (Blue Hippo Media/MVD)
Dubbed as the official film of Record Store Day 2013, this deluxe edition of the insightful documentary inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960′s / 70s and 80’s in the UK as well as its equally quick dwindling in the mid-2000s with commentary from over 20 record shop owners along with input from such English music greats as Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook and Billy Bragg. This deluxe edition of the DVD includes over 74 minutes of bonus footage.
28. Elvis Costello and The Roots Collaborative album-The Roots Things Fall Apart (Universal Music Enterprises)
Still a shroud of mystery surrounding this exciting new joint venture born from the bespectacled rock icons three appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with the Philly hip-hop crew as his backing band. But all we know is that its 14 songs deep and hailed as “brilliant” by drummer ?uestlove in the press. Can’t wait! But even if it doesn’t come out in time for Saturday, we still have The Roots’ critically acclaimed and best-selling album, 1999’s Things Fall Apart, makes its full-art double LP debut with this audiophile-quality 180-gram vinyl release, presented in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes, to look forward to.
29. Porno for Pyros -20th Anniversary Edition LP:
1993 eponymous debut from Perry Farrell’s artsy fartsy post-Janes outfit gets a beautiful remaster in time for its 20 year jubilee on tye dye vinyl.
30. The Animals -The Animals are Back (ABKCO) 10-inch reissue of Burdon and the boys’ 1964 classic available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years.
31. Atmosphere -Demosexual 7-inch (Rhymesayers)
Two unreleased tracks from the Minneapolis underground rap czar on transparent purple 7" in clear plastic PVC jacket, with custom printed labels and hand-numbered.
32. Brian Eno, Nicolas Jaar, and Grizzly Bear – Briano Eno x Nicolas Jaar x Grizzly Bear [10"] [Warp] One-of-a-kind 12-inch collaborative remix between three of Warp Records’ most visionary acts.
33. Captain Beefheart -Frank Freeman’s Dance Club (Ozit)
Deluxe 180 Gram vinyl LP on purple wax with gatefold sleeve. One of the highlights of Captain Beefheart’s 1968 tour of the UK was the concert at Frank Freeman’s Dance Club in Kidderminster. Fortunately legendary DJ John Peel brought his tape recorder and recorded four brilliant numbers from the show which appear on this album along with four other tracks from that era. Pride of place on the front cover of the LP goes to one of the recently discovered 1968 screen printed posters for the Frank Freeman’s Beefheart show.
34. Calexico -Spiritoso (Anti-Epitaph)
Limited edition vinyl recorded live in Germany in June 2012 with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra Vienna and the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg while the band was on tour in support of their exceptional 2012 LP Algiers.
35. Kill Rock Stars Cassette Compilation (Kill Rock Stars)
This three tape box set gathers together the Olympia, Washington indie’s famed cassette compilations featuring rare cuts from such choice names as Bratmobile, Courtney Love, Nirvana, Unwound, Heavens to Betsy, Nation of Ulysses, Bikini Kill, The Melvins, Boredoms, Rancid and Smog among many others. Limited run of only 500 copies here, so get there early to cop!
36. Various Artists- Sub Pop 1000
The Seattle super indie celebrates their silver anniversary in business by doing what they do best, hipping the nation to the hottest bands in the American underground with this excellent vinyl-only compilation featuring such acts you should know like My Disco, Protomartyr, Ed Schraeder’s Music Beat, Peaking Lights, Iron Lung and The Soldiers of Fortune.
37. Steve Moore – Horror Business (Light in the Attic)
Limited to 500 copies on black and red split wax, the acclaimed keyboard great behind Zombi unveils his haunting score to the documentary Horror Business.
38. Various Artists - Blues at Newport (Vanguard)
One of the greatest live blues recordings ever put to tape—rife with exceptionally spare performances from such Delta titans as Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Sleepy John Estes, Robert Pete Williams and John Lee Hooker covering nine years of appearances at the Newport Folk Festival from 1959 to 1968—returns to vinyl in the form of this beautifully repackaged limited edition.
39. GZA - Liquid Swords Chess Box Edition (Get On Down)
This exclusive box set is a must own for any fan of the 1995 Wu-Tang masterpiece, housed in a 12 x 12 box that doubles as a chessboard (complete with pieces) and also includes a bonus disc of album instrumentals.
40. Blitzen Trapper - Blitzen Trapper (LidKerCow, Ltd.)
Blitzen Trapper’s debut album from 2003 will be available for the first time on vinyl in celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary. The record was remastered by Bruce Barielle and the lacquers were cut by Jeff Powell at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. A very limited edition run, the record is pressed on 180g vinyl with a free digital download of the entire record with five previously unheard bonus tracks from the original sessions.
41. Daniel Lanois – Acadie (Diverse Records)
Originally released in 1989 on Brian Eno’s Opal label, the solo debut from the legendary U2 producer proved that his work on The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree was no fluke. This Diverse Records edition of Acadie marks the album’s debut on vinyl and includes bonus tracks.
42. Phosphorescent -Aw Come Aw Wry (Misra)
2005 sophomore full-length from indie folk great Matthew Houck released for the first time on vinyl.
43. Pussy Galore - Groovy Hate Fuck (Shove)
Reissue of the long out of print second release by Pussy Galore, reissued on Jon Spencer’s Shove imprint.
44. Rocket From the Crypt - Group Sounds- Live from Camp X-Ray (Vagrant)
Vinyl debut for two more recent releases from the famed San Diego brass punkers.
45. The Rolling Stones - Five by Five (Abkco)
The Stones’ second EP released for the first time in its original format in nearly a half-century.
46. Thurston Moore and Loren Connors - The Only Way to Go (Northern Spy)
Collaborative 12-incher between two of New York City’s most acclaimed titans of creative music that culls from recent performances at John Zorn’s The Stone and Brooklyn’s Public Assembly.
47. The White Stripes – Elephant reissue (Third Man)
From the label of RSD’s official Ambassador comes the 10th anniversary reissue of The White Stripes’ third and best album, released on double colored vinyl (LP 1 in red and black and LP 2 in white) and includes a download card of the remastered album.
48. Page McConnell – Unsung Cities and Movies Never Made
Only 1000 copies were made of the Phish keyboardist’s All new, all instrumental album.This is the first album Page has released since 2005 and the initial distributed release on his own label, Keyed Records. Side musicians include guitarist Adam Zimmon, bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Gabe Jarrett. The record was engineered and mixed by John Siket and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Hand numbered on 180g red vinyl.
49. Blind Melon - Blind Melon plus Sippin’ Time Sessions EP (Universal Music Enterprises)
2-LP set 2000 copies only, Blind Melon’s self-titled 1992 debut is digitally remastered for the first time and presented in a 2LP vinyl gatefold package. The band’s never before released “Sippin’ Time Sessions” EP, featuring five songs recorded at Sound City Studios in 1991, is included as the double LP’s Side 4: “Dear Ol’ Dad,” “Soul One,” “Tones Of Home,” “Seed To A Tree” and “Mother.”
50. Dazed and Confused Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Rhino) In terms of rock soundtracks, it really doesn’t get much more perfect than the OST for Richard Linklater’s poignant and potent 1993 high school comedy Dazed and Confused. Setting the scene for this look at a final day of high school in Austin, Texas circa 1976 are classic cuts representing the whole spectrum of FM radio back in the Gerald Ford era, including cuts from Black Sabbath, Kiss, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet, Aerosmith and The Runaways among others. In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, it was only proper for the folks at Rhino to give this collection a long-overdue re-up, releasing a limited edition of 5,500 copies on numbered green heavyweight vinyl.
A big thanks to Ron Hart for his help in compiling this list