The big day is tomorrow! Previously, I presented a few interesting LPs being released on Record Store Day. Today I will detail some interesting singles, E.P.s and box sets that are coming out (I realize that Zaireeka is technincally a boxset, but whatever). Before we start, watch this video of Brendan Benson recording a vinyl record on the spot with a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph that will be at Jack White’s Third Man Records.
The Side by Side singles that Warner Brothers releases are always thoroughly entertaining. They are split 7”s where one side is an artist and their original song, the other side a cover of that song. It’s an interesting idea that often pays off greatly, especially last year with Sara Watkins (featuring Fiona Apple)/The Everly Brothers doing “You’re The One I Love” and Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin doing “Respect”. There are quite a few this year (Deep Purple/Type-O Negative, Dio/Killswitch Engage, The Doors/X, Misfits/The Lemonheads, and a mystery release), but the most exciting one for me is The Stooges/The Black Keys on “No Fun” . It’s not surprising that the perennial sad sack lyrists The Black Keys covered this downtrodden rock song about being alone and having no one to love. The Black Keys version is totally indebted to the bluesy rock revival they’ve been so well known for. Limited to 7000 copies, the 7” will sport an orange burst colored vinyl.
Nicholas Jaar’s brand of dance music is not of the high bpm sound, instead low beats and sensual sounds dominate his oeuvre. This 12in feature him tackling a two remixes. One, Brian Eno’s Lux from the ambient album of the same name released last year. This first track will undoubtedly be interesting, seeing how Jaar will handle Eno’s already dreamy sound. The second track is “Sleeping Ute” off of Grizzly Bear’s phenomenal Shields. A remix of this track seems to be easier to comprehend than LUX, but Jaar’s skills will prove to be beneficial. The single with be limited to 2000 units with cover art designed by Edwin Pickstone & Ivor Williams.
Sharon Van Etten is one of the best singers to come in recent years. Her voice is filled with a soulfulness that is completely unmanufactured and hard to find. She puts so much of herself into her music, making every song a marvel. For RSD, she will be releasing two (two!) single. First is a collaborative effort with Shearwater which will feature a cover of the Steve Nick/Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ my Heart Around” and a new song “ A Wake for a Minotaur”. The second release includes “We Are Fine” off her album Tramp (the song features Zach Condon of Beirut) and the b-side “Hotel 2 Tango”. The collaborative single will be limited to 1200, while the solo single will be limited to 1500.
Mumford & Sons are taking over the world. They are headliners at every festival they are playing (their Chicago Lollapalooza night was the first to sell out) and their Gentlemen of the Road shows are hot ticket items. Clearly the release of them playing live at Bull Moose will be selling out. This 3 or 4 song E.P. will be available on CD and 10in vinyl. Vinyl is my preferred choice and I really like 10in records. Something about that size record just looks great. The CD version will have 6000 copies, while the vinyl will be limited to 4000.