Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shopping List for Record Store Day

As the ol' clock on the blog shows, Record Store Day is fast approaching, and the exclusives for this holiday (yeah, I called it a holiday) continue to accumulate. In order, here are my top five desires when I head out with open wallet on April 16. Make sure you check with your local independent store to see if they are participating. You can also check here. Vinyl rules... and so does the mom-and-pop shop!

1. The dB's
Vinyl 7"
"Picture Sleeve"/"Write Back"
This is the first new music from the jangle-pop gods since I was a lad. Look for a new album in about another year.

2. Crowded House
'North America Travelougue 2010'
The three-disc set captures the best moments from the 'Intriguer' tour. "History Never Repeats" is on here, and I was at the Seattle show where they first pulled out that classic Split Enz tune.

3. Television
'Live At The Old Waldorf'
The individually numbered limited-edition double LP is of a June 28, 1979 show from San Francisco. The vinyl is white, too. Sharp.

4. The New Pornographers
Vinyl 7"
"Moves"/"Drug Deal Of The Heart"
Most of you have the A-side from 'Together,' but the B-side is an unreleased outtake from the album sessions. The 45 comes with a download card for the songs and the "Moves" video." I feel like 'Together' came out years ago. So, it will be nice to hear a new song.

5. The Cars
Vinyl 7"
"Sad Song"/"Blue Tip"
There is no way I'm waiting until June 10 for 'Move Like This,' the band's first new album in 24 years, to get me some Cars.

If I have any money left, I might get the new 7" from Vivian Girls, too. It looks like the intriguing 10" single of "Good Vibrations"/"Heroes & Villains" from the Beach Boys is full of takes I already have from the 'Good Vibrations' box set. Otherwise, I would be all over that. Record Store Day is a really big deal for these independent shops. Please, try to stop into your favorite store. Happy shopping!

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