STAFF PICKS: Record Store Day 2014
- HAIM, “Forever”/”Edge (feat. Twin Shadow)”: For HAIM’s RSD debut, it only seems appropriate that they rerelease their first song ever, with a kickass 80s-drenched Twin Shadow collab b-side. HAIM in any situation is always bitchin’, but vinyl HAIM is the second-best kind (behind live HAIM of course).
- Fleetwood Mac, “Dragonfly”/”The Purple Dancer”: The Mac Attack recently announced their first US tour with original bassist Christine McVie (who was with them for thirty years but quit in 1998). For FM fans this is obviously heart-arresting news, so it’s fitting for the legends to rerelease the 1970 single, the first to feature McVie as a bandmate.
- Drive-By Truckers, Dragon Pants EP:Behold your friendly neighborhood DBT obsessive’s obligatory mention! For Truckers fans, new material is always a week-maker. This EP features four new tracks, an alternate take of “Natural Light”, and… some badass artwork (but you didn’t hear it from me).
- Parquet Courts, “Sunbathing Animal”/”Pilgrims to Nowhere”: One of the best new indie bands to come out the past couple years (or, in our opinion, a while) would be baby-faced Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts, and it’s hard to find either of their LPs in stores - so snag this if you can.
- RPM Turntable Football: Okay, not sure how this one’s gonna play out, but this is somehow a sound-based football fantasy game courtesy of Microfiche Records. It comes with color commentary and ways to score points, on football-field-green wax. Grab this for sheer novelty, but also, to tell us how it works, because we are both puzzled and intrigued.
- The Pogues, Live With Joe Strummer: Shane MacGowan was kicked out of the Pogues in 1991 for his unreliability, so they replaced him with some little known singer/guitarist by the name of Joe Strummer. I think he was in some group in the 70s and 80s with those guys in Gorillaz. This is the first and only physical release of the album in the US, so I’m definitely grabbing it if I find it.
- Vitamin String Quartet, Vitamin String Quartet Performs Weezer’s Pinkerton: The Vitamin String Quartet releases a bunch of great string versions of rock classics. The past two years, they’ve released vinyls in conjunction with Record Store Day of Sigur Ros songs and Radiohead’s In Rainbows. This year, VSQ’s release is one of the best album of the 90s and the arguably most influential album on the late 90s/00s emo wave of Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, and others: Weezer’s Pinkerton. The release, specially remastered just for vinyl, is being pressed on green vinyl and includes a download link.
- Devo, Live at Max’s Kansas City-November 15, 1997: David Bowie is there backstage with Devo at their New York City première. The Thin White Duke gets onstage and introduces them: “This is the band of the future, I’m going to produce them in Tokyo this winter.” Bowie became busy filming a movie in West Germany, so Brian Eno produced the album in Cologne. In addition to the rare Bowie audio and the entirety of this landmark concert in punk and new wave, Gerald Casale has prepared liner notes specifically for this release. Devo also has a picture disc for their ‘95 Sundance gig and a Side by Side of “Gates of Steel” with The Flaming Lips.
- Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea” Single: “Pennyroyal Tea” was due to be the next single off of “In Utero” in 1994. Unfortunately Cobain’s death made Geffen cancel the release of the vinyl (a few promo singles got out to radio stations though - another rarity). 20 years later, Geffen is finally releasing it b/w “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.”
- David Lynch, The Air Is On Fire: David Lynch is probably first and foremost known as one of the most accomplished filmmakers of the past three decades and the shepherd of surrealist cinema into the mainstream. Many don’t know his outstanding endeavors in other art forms. This 12-inch is the soundscape he created for a 2007 art exhibition of the same name, and it’s the first time it’s been released on vinyl to boot. I plan on listening to this with a slice of cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.
- The Velvet Underground, Loaded Reissue on pink, black, and white splatter vinyl
- Cage The Elephant, “Take It Or Leave It”
- The Space Project
- Tame Impala, Live Versions
- The Cure/Dinosaur, Jr. Just Like Heaven
- Cut Copy, In These Arms Of Love/Like Any Other Day
- The Orwells, The Righteous One
- Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea” Single
- RPM Turntable Football
- Cake Vinyl Boxed Set with previously unreleased live album
- Django Django, The Porpoise Song
- Spoon, Loveways
- Surfer Blood, Pythons Demos
stoked you wrote it haha
…and it’s true too.
I just always reblog this story too. Because it’s awesome. And because obviously Boggs is the kind of person that should be well known, and become a role model. (And Chris Garcia, Boggs’s friend who rode as well!)
Also, I wanted to note that there’s a scholarship fund for the two boys set up. You can donate here!: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/reward-the-heroes-scholarship-fund-temar-boggs-and-chris-garcia
Reblogging for scholarship information
The scholarship fund is currently at $15k, but we know that even now that’s a pittance compared to the actual cost of higher ed. And it doesn’t look like costs are going to be coming down, unfortunately.
Please donate if you can, and signal boost the heck outta this.
Always reblog because someday I hope the first thing I think when we see a photo of a young black man is something like this, not “criminal” or “murdered by police.”
Also Tumblr, if we can raise money for people’s medical bills and sick cats and so on, surely we can send these two young men to college?
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George Takei is a beautiful human being.
I love George Takei!
George Takei being amazing and mocking these sad, pathetic bigoted idiots in his glorious style
It is the best thing
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