Presenting The Ultimate Record Store Day Guide: See Some Music, Buy Some Music, Or Make Your Own
It's that special time of the year again: Record Store Day, which is like Teacher Appreciation Day for independent record stores. Saturday, to celebrate their tenacity, among other things, record stores around the city are holding performances, releasing exclusives, and offering once-in-a-blue-moon deals. Here's a full roundup of the best deals, shows, and oddities.
Starting at 2 p.m. Generation Records plays host to Staten Islanders Cymbals Eat Guitars (you remember those fiery vocals, distorted guitars, and road-trippy narratives). S.I. compadres the Budos Band will further pack the place with their 12-person Afro-funk parade. And Andrew W.K., who needs no introduction, will be there doing what he does best: spinning. (And partying.)
At Other Music, Sal Principato (bongo-bashing maestro of Liquid Liquid), Scott Devendorf (bassist/guitarist in the National), and Animal Collective's Avey Tare are manning the DJ booths at various points throughout the day. Plus the Drums, our favorite non-surfing puppy-love post-punk band, will perform later in the night, along with the one, the only party animal shoegazers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, ending Record Store Day 2010 in a pretty mess of homesick distortion. Here's the full Other Music schedule:
1-2pm: Dan Hougland of Excepter
2-3pm: Sal P of Liquid Liquid
3-4pm: Nice Nice
4-5pm: A Hundred In The Hands
5-6pm: Avey Tare of Animal Collective
6-7pm: Scott of The National
9-9:40- The Drums
9:40-10:20- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Moving on to physical product, here are our Top Record Store Day Releases:
Bon Iver/Peter Gabriel - "Come Talk to Me"/"Flume": An exclusive Record Store Day release, 2,000 copies of this 7-inch vinyl find the two swapping songs. Yes, that means Bon Iver is covering "Come Talk to Me," which should've been on the Lion King soundtrack.
The Hold Steady: In addition to playing a couple shows, they're offering 600 copies of Heaven is Whenever, their next full length, three weeks early. On vinyl.
Beach House 2,750 copies of a 12-inche featuring the single "Zebra" alongside two new tracks, "The Arrangement" and "Baby."
Surfer Blood/Holiday Shores - "Take It Easy (live)"/"Your Motion Says": The Surfer Blood track, "Take It Easy," is a cut from a live show featuring indie rock's favorite guitar-aggressive nymph, Marnie Stern. The Holiday Shores contribution is a take on the Arthur Russell track. 250 copies available.
4AD Various Artists, Fragments from a Work in Progress: As the title indicates, limited-edition rough takes of unreleased tracks from upcoming albums by tUnE-YaRdS, the Big Pink, Ariel Pink, and Gang Gang Dance.
LCD Soundsystem - "Pow Pow": Okay, so This Is Happening leaked, but you can't get a 12-inch single of the ludicrous, David Bryne-spirited rant "Pow Pow" from the Internet, can you? 2,500 copies.
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - "The Oldest House"/"North Coast": The goddamn American hero is putting out two goddamn new songs on 2,000 copies of seven-inch vinyl. Damn.
Budos Band/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - "Day Tripper"/"Money": The only rendition of a Beatles song that will ever be appropriate for a blaxploitation flick.
Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs Box Set: Three 10" records, 3,000 copies, three days prior to its official release, and one digital convenience card.
Black Keys - "Tighten Up"/"Howlin' For You": A not-so-limited edition 12-inch (50,000 copies), but it includes two new songs from their upcoming album, one month in advance. Booya.
Finally, a few other general sales deals:
Academy Annex: Exclusive items on sale and free 50-cent records with any purchase.
Halycon: By-the-genre discounts each hour (15 percent). From 7-8 p.m., get 25 percent off all used records and 15 percent off all CDs.
Deadly Dragon Sound System: 20 percent off all in-store sales.
Hospital Productions: The first 100 people to stop by can record their own noise cassette.