List: My Top Record Store Day Picks

recordstoreday1April 16th will soon be upon us. With the 16th comes Record Store Day. While at first glance the release list might not be too impressive, if you dig, explore, and listen, there are a lot of gems. In sifting through the list, these are the titles that have to be in my bag as I leave the record store. I Would love to hear what you have to have if you’re going out for RSD 2016.

Left Lane Cruiser- Beck In Black
Pressing #: 1,000
Key Track:”Amy’s In The Kitchen”

I’ve been hooked on Left Lane Cruiser ever since I did my review on the Alive At The Deep Blues Fest compilation. To quote me, “Left Lane Cruiser isn’t anything to scoff at either. Please excuse my language but the only way to describe this band is in their rugged, shit-kicking, riffs aplenty. These gentlemen take a 12 bar blues classic “Ramblin’ On My Mind” by Robert Johnson and turn it into a slide-scorching, harmonica-honking blues extravaganza.” I’m sure this collection of early songs will be exactly what I said above. I cannot help but get excited.

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Patti Smith- Horses Live At Electric Lady Studios
Pressing #:2,000
Key Track:”Gloria”

Taken directly from the description, “Electric Lady Studios has announced the launch of Electric Lady Records. On August 26th, 2015, the newly formed record company teamed with Patti Smith for a live, recorded performance of her landmark debut LP, Horses, itself originally recorded at the facility in 1975.” You can only imagine how it rocked live in the studio and now we finally get the chance to know.

The 13th Floor Elevators- “You’re Gonna Miss Me” b/w “Tried To Hide” (French EP Version)
Pressing #:900
Key Track: “You’re Gonna Miss Me”

I have a feeling this will be a tough one to find because of its position on the RSD Limited Run/Regional Focus Release list. I’m always a sucker for The 13th Floor Elevators and with this release in hand you can count me a happy vinyl supporter. This release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the song, which reached #55 on the Billboard Top 100.

Jay Reatard – Blood Visions
Pressing #:2,000
Key Track:”Blood Visions”

Jay Reatard unexpectedly left us to soon. Making fast paced garage albums in the vein of some Ty Segall projects, Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions celebrates its 10th anniversary being pressed on special red vinyl along with a 7″ of Blood Visions demos. Having listened to this album over and over, it’s a must for raw garage rock fans.

Various Artists- Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough
Pressing #:1,500
Key Track: “My Mind is Ramblin'” – The Black Keys

Having owned The Black Keys Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough is a good sign to know that I need this in my hands on Record Store Day. Junior Kimbrough was one hell of a bluesman. The fact that these 15 other artists agree is confirmation enough for me that I need to hear this. I’m also scared with its 1,500 copies pressed it will be one of the tougher gets. Be on the lookout — you won’t be sorry.

Various Artists- Nuggets: Hallucinations – Psychedelic Pop Nuggets
Pressing #:4,000
Key Track: “Porpoise Song” – The Monkees

I’m a sucker for anything psychedelic, hence the mention of The 13th Floor Elevators. So, when I see the Nuggets name I know that it’s one that I can trust. With their fantastic box set series on “underground” early psychedelic music, this compilation will be in my hands for sure. A must for psych fans, you’re sure to discover some new favorites.

Various Artists- Get Me Home for Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock from the U.K.
Pressing #:2,000
Key Track: “Hallo to Me” – July

This compilation caught my attention with the mention of one artist, July. Picking up their self-titled 2014 RSD release(seen here) was no mistake. With their name attached to this, good things have to follow. Right?

Various Artists- The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by RSD, Volume 3
Pressing #:4,000
Key Track: “Don’t Do Me Nothing” – U. S. Apple Corps

When you hear the name Sun, you associate it with artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, to name a few. This compilation is focused on the lesser-knowns. The curation shows us the obscure soul, garage, and psychedelic gems, rather than the classic rockabilly sound that is typically associated with the label.

Muddy Waters- Hoochie Coochie Man– Live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club
Pressing #:2,000
Key Track: “The Blues Had A Baby (And They Named It Rock n’ Roll)”

If you’re a fan of the blues like me, Muddy Waters’ name is never far behind. To quote the description, “The standout track is an 11 minute version of the classic, ‘Kansas City,’ in which Muddy shares vocals with Pinetop Perkins. This rare recording captures the raw and electric intensity of the small club with Muddy’s commanding voice front and center.” How could that not get you excited?

Various Artists- Dogfish Head Brewery Presents: Music To Drink Beer To, Vol. 2
Pressing #:2,500
Key Track: “I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs” – Johnny Cash

If there’s one thing I regret from RSD 2015, it’s not picking up Dogfish Head Brewery Presents: Music To Drink Beer To, Vol. 1. I’m a huge Dogfish Head fan, so I’ll not make that mistake this year.

Death Cab For Cutie- “Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun”
Pressing #:3,000
Key Track: “Tractor Rape Chain”

I’m not the biggest Death Cab For Cutie fan. However, I can always appreciate a good Guided By Voices cover. This alone makes it a buy for me.

Deerhoof- Offend Maggie

Pressing #:2,500
Key Track: “Buck And Judy”

Just began listening to art rockers Deerhoof, and man have I been missing out. Just giving “Buck And Judy” a listen will let you know if Deerhoof is a band that you’ll enjoy. But, in my case, Offend Maggie is a must own for me.

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