Record Store Day is almost here and we're previewing some of the hot exclusive releases. The classic Notorious B.I.G. album, Ready To Die, will be available on double white vinyl. A legendary record, in a numbered edition with rarely seen alternate cover art, it's just too fresh for words. At independent record stores April 20 -- see you there!
Another Record Store Day exclusive! Brand new anthemic stomp from beloved French synth-poppers Phoenix, their new single "Entertainment" on grey swirl wax with an exclusive b-side. This tune busts out with one of the biggest hooks in recent memory, with a full choir and the band pounding away frenetically. Pure pop ice cream that will have dancefloors and festivals shakin'. See you at Amoeba for this and other limited RSD delights available only at indie record stores on Saturday, April 20!
In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day 2013, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just leave a comment!
In my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.
Our countdown to Record Store Day (April 20) continues with this 7" from Profane Existence Records. Rifle Diet is the new crustcore band from Minneapolis fronted by Mariko of Garmonbozia. Abuse Begets Abuse is #4 in the Profane Existence Limited Edition Singles Series of 2013. Although it's not an official RSD release, this 7" comes on gold vinyl, is super limited, and won't hit the floor until RSD. See you at Amoeba on Saturday, April 20!
We're counting down one exciting release each day til Record Store Day on April 20! Available only from independent record stores on RSD, Light In the Attic brings you a vinyl-only set of rare outtakes and demos from Mercury Rev's mystical journey, Deserter's Songs. Packed with amazing photos and liner notes, this is a cosmic trip back into the haunted netherworld of an album that recently made Pitchfork's best of the '90s list. It's 180-gram vinyl housed in a hand-numbered gatefold “tip-on” jacket, plus there is a limited color wax edition on white and clear vinyl. Get your copy on Record Store Day Saturday, April 20!