This Saturday is Record Store Day, that wonderful day in April when music fanatics everywhere use their tax return money to buy loads and loads of records from independently-owned record shops. (I personally got screwed at tax time, but I’m more than willing to make some unwise financial decisions.) Since its small beginnings, Record Store Day has grown into such a large phenomenon that it’s really hard to keep track of what to get and where to go. Fortunately, we here at Elmore are here to help you out a little bit.
First, there are the exclusive releases. It seems now as if every artist has something new and exclusive to put out on the third Sunday in April. If you’re not sure what to get, here are some of our picks:
Blues Magoos – So I’m Wrong and You’re Right/Wild About My Lovin’/The People 7″ – Record Store Day is a great time to get acquainted with artists you may be unfamiliar with. Blues Magoos (who we’ve talked about before) are putting out a 45 rpm sampler as a Record Store Day exclusive; if you haven’t gotten into the band yet, this is a great place to start.
Buddy Guy – This Is Buddy Guy! - The legendary blues guitarist’s 1968 live album gets exclusively on vinyl. If you haven’t heard his extremely soulful rendition of “Knock On Wood,” be prepared to be blown away.
Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions - The unique project undertaken by Bragg and Wilco-they wrote original music to a set of Woody Guthrie lyrics that were never made into finished songs-gets a deluxe treatment with three album’s worth of material. The songs are all great and have a ramshackle feel to them, and Bragg’s foghorn voice plays well against Jeff Tweedy’s sweet, Lennon-esque vocals.
The Tallest Man On Earth – “King Of Spain” 12″ - The Swedish folk singer with the voice of a young Bob Dylan is releasing a special vinyl edition of the first single from his fantastic album The Wild Hunt. This edition also includes an unreleased song and a cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”