Posted in music on April 20, 2012

by Andrew Marinaccio


This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.

No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.

Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).

Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...

Lee Perry

The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.

Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.

Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.

Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.

Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.

Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.

Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.

Flaming Lips

Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".

Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.

St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.

Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".


Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.

Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.

For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.

Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...




Comments (22)

Truth be told, RSD this year is offering nothing really great. As most of you know, you can find basically everything later on with a quick search of stores around the internet(not ebay which is for suckers)

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:13 AM

If the goal of Record Store Day is for people to shop at independent record stores for exclusives, why don't the stores have anything to sell (except to the people that wait hours).

If they want me to support them, they should have something to sell me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:18 AM

Lets be honest, RSD is a ruse. Some retailers trying to make a buck off of nostalgia. I miss the days of the neighborhood record store just as much as anyone else, but RSD doesn't change the fact that the industry is dead. Yes, vinyl sales are on the rise. How long do you really think that will last?

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:23 AM

as someone who supports record stores all year round, i've always felt RSD to be incredibly annoying and overhyped.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:28 AM

"as someone who supports record stores all year round, i've always felt RSD to be incredibly annoying and overhyped."

Do you see the irony in what you're saying? That hype has made Record Store Day the biggest day of the year for most record stores, and that extra money helps them stay open every other day of the year... so you can have a place to shop all year round.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:38 AM

wow iggy is just a rambling old man

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:39 AM

that's well and good 11:38. i can get behind that. the crowds and the lines overshadow any potential excitement for me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 11:47 AM

And it just so happens to be Iggy's birthday on that day as well! Butt-town!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 12:53 PM

dammit - thought that was Hollywood Steve in that first video.


Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2012 5:16 PM

Just back from Record Store Day in the UK - here's what I got:

Posted by DJ Cull | April 21, 2012 7:41 AM

A friend of mine, Pete Sinjin, has a song called "Bye Bye All You Record Stores", amd it is a well written tribute...check it if you ever get the fact he would prob send you an MP3 if you asked him, his site is

Posted by joshua sanders | April 21, 2012 11:53 AM

The should call today vinyl record flipper day. Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2012 1:26 PM

Skip the lines at the "big" guys next year. I hit up Rebel Rebel and Bleecker Street Records and found everything with zero time waiting in line.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2012 1:43 PM

Vinyl is stringer then ever.
Support the music... Buy Wax!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2012 2:35 PM

Fuck RSD. Run by assholes who fuck over the little stores.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2012 3:12 PM

Got a limited edition colored Misfits vinyl (Walk Among Us), Paul Simon's Graceland, The Cars, Shakedown Street from the Dead and Sail Away from Randy Newman. Record store day was good times. If u dont like it, go eat a dick pie.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2012 11:37 PM

how much can you make flipping the vinyl. someone give me some examples. is it only in store. im fat and dont like to leave the house.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2012 1:08 AM


Are you serious? Generation Records pays a five-digit monthly rental. RSD is barely putting a dent in the rent. RSD is a nice little boost for business feeding on all the buy-and-flip dipshits.

RSD is the co-opting of record collector culture, nothing more, nothing less.

Nowadays I'd rather buy music directly from the bands than from a store with workers who think they're all that like Generation. The only redeeming quality about the store Records is their cat.

Generation and Other Music are wack for not having local band vinyl/cassette/cdr sections. Get back to me with RSD when Generation and Other Music sell wayyyy music by local bands than they do now.

Posted by D | April 22, 2012 9:18 AM

RSD is another corporate ploy designed to scam new-jack collectors into thinking they're getting a piece of music that is rare and valuable. The people who buy into the hype are the same people who believe every word from a mouth-breathing politician (democrats in particular). It's marketing BS, period.

RSD artificially makes some records scarce. Then you have the asshole who gets in line at 4am to be the first in the store to get every copy of said records. Who then later turns around and immediately sells it on ebay to an even bigger idiot at a grossly inflated price the next day.

Everyone else whines on internet forums that they couldn't find any of the other "super-rare" or "limited edition" records. But the joke is on all parties involved: just do an ebay search on RSD records from 2011 or 2010. Zero bids, every single one of them. Finding rare records is about being in the right place at the right time, and that's NOT going to happen at some mainstream media backed event like RSD.

I miss the days when people cared about the MUSIC, not the marketing or monetary principles behind it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2012 12:44 PM

how much can you make flipping the vinyl. someone give me some examples. is it only in store. im fat and dont like to leave the house.

Posted by android | April 26, 2012 3:56 PM

lots of record stores across the country put their leftovers up on their website the day after. got sigur ros, arctic monkeys, animal collective and a whole bunch of others this way. google can be quite useful.

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