RECORD STORE DAY 2017 – Four Gems to Look Out For

April 21, 2017 in news

So here we are again! Today is Record Store Day, a double edged sword of both good and bad. Amongst the really bad, useless reissues that some of the major labels unearth on the world on this annual event (like that Toto “Africa” shaped picture disc this year, uh, what?) are a few gems that are well worth searching out. Here are a few that are super cool, if you can find them

FOLLAKZOID FEAT. J. SPACEMAN – LONDON SESSIONS 12″

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This is the one RSD release that I am most excited about. Chilean psyche/shoegaze trio Follakzoid have a new collaboration with J. Spaceman that was recorded in London, England when the former was on tour. They paired together to re-record two songs from the second Follakzoid album, “Electric” and “Earth”, with Spaceman adding harmonics and noise to them. This is way, way up my alley.

SUPERCHUNK – CUP OF SAND 3LP

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Originally released as a double CD only release back in 2003, this rarities, sides and covers compilation is finally seeing the light of day on vinyl, as a deluxe three LP reissue. It also features some cool covers, including Superchunk’s take on David Bowie’s “Scary Monsters”. Apparently it is limited to 1000 copies, so I hope to snap it up.

WHERE THE PYRAMID MEETS THE EYE – A TRIBUTE TO ROKY ERICKSON

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Another album previously unreleased on vinyl, this 1990 tribute to the former 13th Floor Elevators frontman features bands such as ZZ Top, the Jesus and Mary Chain, REM and Primal Scream paying tribute to Roky. Songs covered range from the Elevators through to Roky’s solo material from the seventies and eighties. Finally on vinyl, limited to 2000 copies.

GRATEFUL DEAD – P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66 2LP

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This just came out on CD earlier this year, as a bonus disc as part of the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Grateful Dead album. It is a live recording made in Vancouver on the Dead’s first ever trip to Canada. Lots of early versions of some of their live classics included here, including “I Know You Rider”, “Viola Lee Blues” and “Cream Puff War”.

Those are my picks for the day. I am going to go look for them and hope to be able to find and least one or two of them, but since a lot of this stuff is limited I am not counting on finding any of them right away. Good luck to you if you are out and about and, even if you can’t find what is on your wishlist, make sure to buy a few used LPs at your local indie record store and support them!

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By Sean Palmerston

Sean Palmerston is a vinyl loving music nerd who also loves NHL hockey, Godzilla movies and hanging out with his kids. A former contributing writer to a number of publications, including Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs and VICE, Sean also runs the all metal webzine Hellbound.ca

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