Ask any music snob what their favorite holiday is, and there is a good chance they will tell you that it is the third Saturday of April. From the fast paced flows of Busdriver to the pride of Bakersfield, Buck Owens, Record Store Day has a little something for everyone.
Originally started in 2007 as a celebration of over 700 independently owned record stores across America, Record Store Day has spun out of control and transformed into a stressful (yet still enjoyable) world-wide event for the most hardcore of music addicts. With it being next to impossible to get your hands on every tasty morsel your soul desires, we here at Antiquiet have compiled some of the finer moments of Record Store Day 2011 for you to sink your teeth into.
Originators of Hardcore Punk Bad Brains re-released their first single, Pay To Cum, on 7″. The Jimmy Quidd produced track features original artwork and lyric insert. For the most hardcore of Bad Brains fans, there was a very limited run of 250 red and 250 green copies.
Bad Brains: Pay To Cum
With Hot Sauce Committee Part Two set to hit shelves May 3rd, the Beastie Boys have put out a limited edition 7″ of the records first single Make Some Noise. While the 7″ (which features the album version on side A and a Passion Pit remix on side B) didn’t make it onto store shelves in time, it was sold via the official Record Store Day website on Record Store Day starting at 3 AM PST. Now sold out, all proceeds from Make Some Noise will be donated to the Red Cross for victims of the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan last month.
Beastie Boys: Make Some Noise (Passion Pit Remix)
The sixth full length effort from Portland Oregon based experimental folk rockers Blitzen Trapper is not due until the fall, but fans of the Eric Earley led outfit can rejoice as the group put out a two song 7″ exclusive for Record Store Day 2011. The A side features the song Maybe Baby while the B side features Soul Singer.
Blitzen Trapper: Maybe Baby
Fresh off of the success of the soundtrack for the Walt Disney Pictures feature Tron Legacy, French electro-darlings Daft Punk have released a 10″ in honor of Record Store Day. The picture disc is available in multiple colors, and features three songs from the soundtrack as well as the Record Store Day exclusive Castor.
Daft Punk: Castor
As previously reported, Deftones have found themselves in the holiday $pirit with Covers. For the first time on vinyl, the collection features eleven previously released cover songs by the Sacramento California five piece. While most tracks were found on 2005’s CD/DVD B-Sides & Rarities, fans can finally get their hands on a physical copy of the three bonus tracks that came with the iTunes release of Diamond Eyes. At a suggested retail price of $25, this collection is only for the most intense of Deftones fans.
Deftones: Savory (Jawbox Cover)
Foo Fighters returned earlier this week with the well-received Wasting Light. For those looking for just a lil’ more Foo, the band has put out Medium Rare. This 120 gram 12″ covers record features the band’s successful take on the Prince classic Darling Nikki, as well as quality cuts from the likes of Wings, Angry Samoans and Pink Floyd. The band celebrated Record Store Day 2011 with a sold-out, in-store performance at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. In the event that all that is still not enough Dave Grohl for you, Nirvana has re-released the Hormoaning EP. Originally pressed for Australia only, the collection is available in the US for the first time.
Foo Fighters: Band On The Run (Wings Cover)
Fear not Metalheads, Record Store Day has you taken care of, too. Long standing Los Angeles based Metal Blade Records has pressed vinyl for some of their up and coming acts including Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel and Between The Buried And Me. Doom metal legends Neurosis have pressed 600 copies of their 2001 EP Sovereign. Produced by Steve Albini, Sovereign has been out of print for years.
Fans of Black Sabbath can check out solo releases from the late Ronnie James Dio and the 2011 Record Store Day Ambassador himself, Ozzy Osbourne. If that’s not enough metal, Mastodon have put out a limited edition 180 gram vinyl version of their first live album Live At The Aragon. Limited to Record Store Day 2011, the Live At The Aragon vinyl also includes a copy of the live DVD.
Mastodon: Oblivion (Live At The Aragon)
Featuring members of Circle Jerks, Burning Brides and Redd Kross, OFF! Is releasing a 7″ recorded live in a record store. Live At Generation Records features four songs recorded in New York City on October 22nd, 2010. Some of the songs included on this Record Store Day exclusive pressing include Poison City and Rat Trap.
OFF!: Live At Generation Records
Vermont Jam kings Phish have issued their first Record Store Day release. Limited to 2000 copies, Two Soundchecks no doubt lives up to its title. Side A features an ambient instrumental jam from the bands August 7th, 2010 show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. Side B is a random moment shared between drummer Jon Fishman and Guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio in Hartford, CT on August 14th, 2009. Replacing his signature Languedoc guitar for a Bass, Anastasio and Fishman create a solid grove over nonsensical lyrics about Couscous and Coconut Juice. Listen to both here.
If the twelve full-length albums released by Ryan Adams since 2000 is not enough to keep you satisfied, he has joined his long time band The Cardinals to bring you the Class Mythology EP. Released as a limited-edition gatefold double 7″, the EP features four previously unreleased songs from the Cardinology era. The package includes never before seen photos, artwork created by Ryan Adams and a sticker.
Also, don’t miss this new Brother Ali track from the Rhymesayers crew’s RSD release.