Record Store Day, taking place this year on April 20, will see seemingly countless reissues, but younger bands also take part, most of the time releasing new material on 7” vinyl. Below are a few that you can already stream and sample ahead of their release on Record Store Day. See a full list of releases we’ll have on RSD here. See what Amoeba will have in store for RSD here.
Dan Deacon – “Konono Ripoff No. 1”
The DJ/producer who’s known for producing colorful, ecstatic production takes a stab at Afrobeat, specifically the kind produced by the great Konono No. 1. The 7” will feature two versions of the track, performed by two sets of dual drummers: Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on Side A; Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on Side B. The cover art features the photo by the winner of an Instagram contest; you can see more submissions here.
Dutch Uncles – “Slave to the Atypical Rhythm”
Manchester art-pop group Dutch Uncles have covered the mother of art-pop: Grace Jones (or maybe she’s the aunt, Yoko Ono’s the mother?). Their new album Out of Touch in the Wild also was recently released on Memphis Industries, check it out alongside their cover of “Slave to the Atypical Rhythm.”
Omaha’s Icky Blossoms are releasing a split 7” with Atlanta’s Black Lips on Record Store Day called Cowboy Knights, featuring the Black Lips’s faithful cover of Willie Nelson’s cowboy classic and Icky Blossoms’ synthy take on Siouxsie & the Banshees’s goth classic. Hear ’em both below.
Best Coast – “Fear of My Identity”
All you get is a promo video for now with a snippet song at the end, but Best Coast’s upcoming two-song RSD release, a partnership with Clark’s shoes, sounds promising.
Atlanta indie rockers Manchester Orchestra have collaborated with two other bands for their RSD release — the B-side has them teaming with electro-pop band Grouplove for the song “Make it to Me,” while the A-side below sees them partnering with acoustic rock band Frightened Rabbit for “Architect.”
Free Energy – “Wild Life”
The B-side to Free Energy’s RSD release Girls Want Rock is a harmonic-guitar-laden classic rock throwback.
Chris Walla – “Never Give Up”/Sombear - “Incredibly Still”
Death Cab for Cutie producer and guitarist Chris Walla has a solo RSD release with the melancholy “Never Give Up,” while its sparkling electropop B-side comes courtesy of Sombear.
PUJOL – “Postgrad”
I didn’t know Saddle Creek’s PUJOL before hearing this sweet blast of nostalgic indie rock — think Elephant 6 — but now I’ll have to check out their Deep Cuts 7”.