Record Store Day: Twenty Twelve (inch)
One of my favorite things is visiting a local record store. The dusty feel of undiscovered vinyl leaves you coming back and back again for that one record you’d wished you picked up. Record Store Day was created in 2007, based on the celebration of your local mom & pop vinyl store. Every year, bunches of companies have banded together to unleash a bevy of releases for you to pick up on vinyl. Here is a few releases you should pick up. Prepare for Record Store Day, which falls on April 21st.
-David Bowie: “Starman”: A 7” picture disc with the remastered version of “Starman” (There’s a STARMANNNNNNNNN waiting in the sky…) On the flip, is the Top Of The Pops performance of said song, which is really cool. It’s a picture disc, it’s Bowie, buy it.
-Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends: Hot of their set of collab LP’s, the Lips unleash a new set of tunes to drive you wild! It’s the Flaming Lips with Ke$ha and Bon Iver. BUY IT! On randomly mixed colored vinyl, and it may or may not be made of the bands’ blood. It’s insightful. It’s groovy. It’s … weird!
-Foster The People “Broken Jaw/Ruby”: My new favorite band is back with two previously unreleased tracks that sound like they’re popped right off of their debut album Torches. If you liked “Don’t Stop” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” run for the counter.
-Iggy & The Stooges “All Tomorrows Parties”: Tracks from Iggy’s performance, hand selected by Papa Stooge, with an interview. (Iggy is this years’ Record Store Day Ambassador!)
This years’ releases may cut a little short on the “amazing” factor, but it’s worth it if you’re the completest or every day fan who wants to own said plate of wax. Have fun, and I hope to see you at your favorite local record store.