By Kieran Graulich
Since 2007, Record Store Day has been a worldwide celebration of the past glory (and recent revival) of record store and vinyl culture with exclusive and limited edition releases and reissues. Every year has an exclusive lineup, and, as Record Store Day becomes more popular, an increasingly expansive set. This year in particular featured a very early Elvis single, a wonderful Wu Tang black and yellow 7-inch, and a non-album track from Run the Jewels put on vinyl. Here’s a short rundown of some of the highlights from RSD 2015, which occurred April 18th.
“I Love You, Honeybear” – Father John Misty (7”)
Following the critical acclaim of his album, “I Love You, Honeybear,” this January, Father John Misty is releasing the title track of the album on oh-so-cute heart shaped clear red 7”. Features the exclusive B-side “Never Been a Woman,” which is not only a spectacular track, but also very true.
“Songs From the Laundry Room” – Foo Fighters (10”)
The Foo Fighters, fronted by official Record Store Day 2015 Ambassador (yes, that is a real title) Dave Grohl, have put out an exclusive 10” of demos comprised of two demo cuts (“Alone/Easy Target” and “Big Me”), an unreleased song (“Empty Handed”), and a cover of “Kids in America.”
“Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete” – Polaris (12”)
Remember the fictional band Polaris from the classic TV show “Pete & Pete”? This is their album. Pressed on vinyl for the first time, “Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete” includes everything from “Hey Sandy” to “Coronado II.” Oh, and the band is going on tour. Check them out during finals week on May 15th at the Highline.
“Galaxy Song” – Stephen Hawking (7”)
Yes, you read that correctly: Stephen Hawking has covered “Galaxy Song” by Monty Python, and there is an amazing music video that goes along with it. The single itself will be pressed onto a 7” for 1,000 physical copies.
“Take On Me” – A-Ha (7” Picture Disk)
The greatest cheesy ’80s pop song of all time just got a cheesy ’80s picture disk reprint for its 30th anniversary, featuring a scene taken straight from the song’s legendary music video. A perfect centerpiece for your dresser where you store your neon spandex and pink headband.
“Meet Me in the City” – The Black Keys and Junior Kimbrough (7”)
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the original Kimbrough single “All Night Long,” the Black Keys have pressed the original with their cover of the Kimbrough classic on a double-A sided 7”.
The White Stripes: “Get Behind Me, Satan” – The White Stripes (Colored, 2×12”)
Ten years after the initial release of the White Stripes’ most avant-garde and stripped back album, it’s finally getting its own vinyl release. Includes two colored 12” discs, mp3 download, and exclusive 3D gate-fold jacket.
“Protect Ya Neck” – Wu-Tang Clan (Colored, 12″)
“Protect Ya Neck” and “Method Man,” two songs from one of the cornerstones of East Coast hip-hop (Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers”), are getting their own exclusive vinyl release on 3,000 physical copies on gorgeous yellow and black vinyl. The 12” contains three remixes of “Protect Ya Neck” on the A-side and four remixes of “Method Man” on the B-side, with a reproduction of the original covert art on the sleeve.
Kieran Graulich is a staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org