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What To Buy on Record Store Day

April 20th, 2012

April 21st marks the fifth annual Record Store Day. Not a government recognized holiday, but a celebration of buying music and for some serious collectors, rushing out to get all the limited edition, RSD exclusives that come with it.

There are hundreds of RSD-only releases to choose from, some great, some not-so-great. So, The Wedge has hand-picked a few that you should keep your eye out for. And if you miss out, remember that there’s always eBay if you’re extremely hard-pressed to find a certain item.

Animal Collective Transverse Temporal Gyrus (Domino, LP)

The soundtrack to Animal Collective’s live collaboration with visual artist Danny Perez originally performed as an installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in March 2010.

The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and the Heady Fwends (Warner Bros., 2XLP)

Arguably the most talked about RSD release, this is the new Flaming Lips album that collects their collaborations with the likes of Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, Tame Impala, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha and Biz Markie, among others. Some copies are said to include blood from some of the contributors.

Mastodon/The Flaming Lips “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (Warner Bros., 7″)
Mastodon/Feist “A Commotion/Black Tongue” (Warner Bros., 7″)

Mastodon flip the script with both The Flaming Lips and Feist on these two split 7″s, covering both acts. On the other sides you get the Lips doing their original 1999 song, while Feist takes on Mastodon’s “Black Tongue.”

The Wake Here Comes Everybody + Singles (82-87) (Captured Tracks, 2xLP box)

If you’re curious as to where every current indie pop gets their jangly guitar sound from, well, The Wake’s seminal 1985 album, Here Comes Everybody is a likely source. Out of print for 25 years, the album has been reissued as a deluxe reissue complete with the EPs and singles that surrounded it as well as a serigraph 12×12 booklet.

The White Stripes “Hand Springs”/”Red Death at 6:14″ (Third Man, 7″)

Two rare tracks from The White Stripes, taken from a Dirtbombs split and the Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit comp, respectively, and now packaged together on one 7″.

Unrest Perfect Teeth (Teen Beat, 7″ box)

Unrest’s classic 1993 album is available as a limited reissue of the original 6 record 7″ vinyl 45 box set featuring 7 tracks that are not on the CD or LP.

Various Artists Smugglers Way (Domino, flexizine)

Domino and sister imprint Ribbon Music have put together a zine featuring five individual, multi-coloured Flexi discs of exclusive, unreleased songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus and Villagers.

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