Cool Stuff: Record Store Day 2012 – The Records!

Ah Record Store Day! My favorite commercial holiday of the year is coming this Saturday, Apr 21! In case you weren’t aware, Record Store Day (or RSD for short) is when bands and music lovers around the world celebrate those shiny waxy physical media storage of music (I think they’re called vinyl records) and the venerable shops that carry them – your local independent record store!

Now in its fifth year, there are tons of cool, exclusive vinyl (and some CDs) being released on RSD this year.  Most of these records are limited and numbered, with some very rare collections included. Remember, these are only available at your local independent record shoppe. You can find the full list of releases here.

Today, I’m going to list out the six records that I’m excited about getting for this Saturday. Tomorrow, I’m going to list out some of the cool RSD events happening around the St Louis area. On Monday, hopefully, I will have some pictures up from my adventures on Record Store Day!

Here are the records I’m most excited about, listed alphabetically:

1. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II 12″

This is a remix album of Ready To Start and Sprawl II from the amazing Grammy-winning Suburbs album.

2. Beach House – Lazuli 7″

This will be the second single from Beach House‘s much anticipated forthcoming album, Bloom.

3. Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim LP

This double LP is a collection of some of Sigur Ros‘s rarer materials, available for the first time on vinyl. The first side (Hvarf) is composed of b-sides, unreleased songs, and reworked materials, while the other (Heim) is an acoustic take on some of the band’s more famous songs.

4. St Vincent – KROKODIL 7″

This never released single showcases the much rockier side of St Vincent, as well as her incredible guitar-shredding skills. If you’ve seen her live, you know what I’m talking about!

This is also the same song that she sang while crowd-surfing at Coachella!!

5. The Tallest Man on Earth – King of Spain 12″

This was my favorite song off of The Tallest Man on Earth‘s highly underrated album, The Wild Hunt. The B-side is a cover of Paul Simon‘s Graceland.

6. Smuggler’s Way Collection

This is probably the coolest item from the RSD releases. This is a combination Flexi Disc – Zine that showcases the artists from the Ribbon imprint of Domino Records. It includes singles from Real Estate, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers. Contributing to the zine are articles written and drawn by Laura Marling, The Kills, and Lower Dens. Super cool!

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One Response to Cool Stuff: Record Store Day 2012 – The Records!

  1. 70dayweekend says:

    Looks like our lists had a bunch in common! Hope you find some good stuff tomorrow.

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