Record Store Day 2014 is here (April 19) and this year loads of new releases specifically crafted for the day.
This seventh annual event marks when independent and specialty music stores open their doors and drop these limited, rare and inspired releases, on vinyl, CD and a bevy of other formats. It helps bolster sales for these smaller shops, as well as raise awareness of new and lasting artists.
Below, HitFix editors pondered the question, "If you had $50 just to spend on 2014 Record Store Day purchases, what would you pick up?"
Granted, some sets would be more than $50, some are hard to find... just as some are worth searching for and paying top dollar for, to collectors. So just play along. Read more about RSD here.
HitFix's Melinda Newman
The Pogues, “Live with Joe Strummer,” 12"
Yep, you read that right. In 1991, troubled Pogues leader Shane MacGowan took a hiatus and The Clash’s Joe Strummer took his place for this London Forum show. The concert is in included in the import, “Pogues 30” box set, but this is its first and only release on vinyl in the U.S. (on red vinyl, no less).
Lake Street Dive, “What I’m Doing Here” b/w “Wedding Band,” 7”
The band’s Rachael Price recorded this previously unreleased tune (and its B side), “What I’m Doing Here,” in one take and there’s a video to prove it. Her low, smoky tone fits the questioning, bluesy ballad to perfection.
If I have any money left: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, “Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth,” 12”
The 12-inch limited edition, numbered vinyl re-issue of the Blackhearts’ debut comes in pretty pink vinyl and includes the Blackhearts’ remake of Jett’s previous band, The Runaways’ tune, “Cherry Bomb.”
HitFix's Dave Lewis
Dinosaur Jr. - "Visitors" 7" box set
Those tireless archivists at Numero Group have compiled the legendary trio's first four singles on SST and Homestead into a handsome 7" box set including a fancy book. In addition to such college rock standards as "Little Fury Things" and "Freak Scene," you'll hear Dino's beloved cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" and a rarely-heard take on The Byrds' "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better."
If I have any money left over: Hank Williams - "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950"
The music legend recorded a relatively small body of work, so anytime some "lost" music is re-discovered is time for celebration. The 24-song radio session originally aired on country stations in 1950, and the tapes were long thought lost, until a small station in Creston, Iowa recently discovered a copy in their vaults.
HitFix's Katie Hasty
Big Mama Thornton, "Sassy Mama!" on LP
This live album from 1975 live LP promises an "exact replica" of the original artwork, which is Ms. Mama in panorama of portraits. With the way she sings on this blues epic, you can imagine her in every which pose.
The Notorious B.I.G, "Life After Death" 3xLP
Reissued clear vinyl of Biggie's 1997 ground-shaker -- his last studio effort -- which has gone long without the vinyl treatment. A bevy of producers, a huge crop of guests, and a large legacy left behind, "Life After Death" truly deserved this resurrection.
If I have any money left over: Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal" b/w "Pilgrims to Nowhere" 7"
Creative, loud, flexible, irresistable.
HitFix's Whitney Phaneuf
Gil Scott-Heron, "Nothing New," 12"
We lost the visionary soul musician, poet and rap progenitor Gil Scott-Heron too young when he died in 2011, but his work lives on largely thanks to XL Recordings’ owner Richard Russell. Using the sessions that yielded the 2010 album, “I’m New Here,” XL has collected stripped-down versions of Scott-Heron’s best-loved tracks with Russell’s personal notes on the vinyl-only release “Nothing New.”
Devo, “Devo: Live at Max's Kansas City” 11/15/77 LP
Devo’s appearance at Max’s Kansas City in November 1977 put the Ohio band on the map. Even David Bowie was there to witness the art rock weirdos’ New York City debut, calling them “The band of the future!” Now — for the first time — we can hear the groundbreaking performance in its entirety on “Devo: Live at Max's Kansas City,” complete with Bowie’s unearthed audio.
If I have any money left over: Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”/”Baby Please Don’t Go” 7"
A 1977 recording of two songs featuring the Ronettes’ singer with Springsteen’s band.
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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