Record Store Day is back on Saturday and that means more than 400 limited releases to pick from at your local record shop, but be warned, there won't be many of each.
Get there early and have your vinyl shopping list ready to go. Need some help? Check out my top picks for Record Store Day 2014 below.
Disclosure, “Apollo” - The dance music duo of British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence had possibly the best album of 2013 with their brilliant look back at early house, dance and garage music on “Settle.” The 12-inch vinyl record and CD available on Record Store Day will be the only physical copy released of the follow-up single “Apollo.”
Outkast, “Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik” - With Outkast recently reuniting to play a bunch of festival dates (including a May 2 headlining spot at Tampa's Big Guava Music Festival) it seems like a great time to revisit the Atlanta rap duos oh-so-funky debut album, which too often gets overlooked in favor of massive hits “Aquemini” and “Speakerboxx/Love Below.” It's worth owning on vinyl for “Players Ball” alone.
Merchandise/Milk Music/Destruction Unit, “USA '13” - I'd recommend anything by excellent, post-punk trio Merchandise, but the fact they came up playing shows in storage units in sketchy neighborhoods around Tampa makes buying this “split” compilation from a brick-and-mortar shop a double win for the support-local-everything movement, and even better.
LCD Soundsystem, “The Long Goodbye” - This box set contains the complete recording of LCD Soundsystem's now-legendary farewell concert at Madison Square Garden chronicled in the documentary “Shut Up and Play The Hits.” Get it at Record Store Day a month before it's available anywhere else.
Ron Jeremy, “Understanding and Appreciating Classical Music With Ron Jeremy” - A seven-inch single of the adult film star sitting down at the piano to discuss classical music and play Bach, Bethoven and more. I must hear this.
Various Artists, “The Space Project” - I love everything space, and I'm even more geeked up about it lately because “Cosmos” is on TV. Needless to say, this compilation, featuring great indie rock bands (Beach House, Youth Lagoon, and more) on tracks that incorporate sounds recorded in space by the Voyager I and Voyager II probes, seems really cool.
Mayer Hawthorne, “Jaded Inc.” - Throwback soul singer Mayer Hawthorne introduces the first two tracks from Jaded Inc., his new project with producer 14K, on which they've created a new genre of post punk/new wave/ghettotech/booty music called “beat wave.” That's interesting on its own, but the glow-in-the-dark, triangle-shaped disc makes it a must-buy.
Chvrches, “Recover” EP - The beautifully lush synth anthem “Recover” was a precursor of (great) things to come when it led off this extended play a few months before Chvrches dropped their first proper album, and even though “The Bones of What You Believe” was everything I'd hoped, this pre-fame track is still my favorite song by them. Now I need to hear it on vinyl. Each bootleg-style cover is stamped and numbered.
Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want To Die” - This single was supposed to be released back in 1994, but it was cancelled in the wake of Cobain's death. Twenty years later, we can finally own it.
The Cure/Dinosaur Jr., “Just Like Heaven” - This is part of the really cool “side-by-side” series that Rhino puts out, featuring bands performing their own song, and then another well-known band's cover of the song on the B side. Neat.
Other stuff to look for:
Notorious B.I.G., “Life After Death” (LP reissued on triple, clear vinyl)
Shlohmo, “Shlo-fi,” (reissued and remastered version of the producer's acclaimed EP)
Joy Division, “An Ideal For Living” (the extremely rare, first-ever Joy Division album with new cover art)
Bruce Springsteen, “American Beauty” (four unreleased songs)
Of Montreal, “Satanic Panic in the Attic” (the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album on yellow and blue vinyl)
Rough Guides compilations (five record store day exclusives that introduce listeners to “Psychadelic Bollywood,” “Mali,” “Voodoo,” “Latin Rare Groove” and “African Blues” genres)
Tame Impala, “Live Versions” (eight tracks recorded in Chicago during the band's 2013 tour)
Regina Spektor, “You've Got Time/Call Them Brothers” (theme from “Orange is the New Black”)
Oliver Hart, “The Many Faces of Oliver Hart or: How Eye One The Write Too Think” (tribute to late rapper Eyedea features album art etched into F-side)
Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson, “Gametime/Instrumental” (one in a four-piece set of Chuck Inglish releases)
Haim, “Forever” (with remix by Giorgio Moroder)
Anamanaguchi, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” (chiptune video game soundtrack)
Sam Cooke, “Ain't That Good News”
Bob Dylan, “Bob Dylan”
Echo & the Bunnymen, “Ocean Rain”
Want to see what kind of concerts and giveaways Tampa and St. Petersburg have going on? Check out our Record Store Day 2014 guide.