Austinites love their records.
From Waterloo to End of and Ear, from Breakaway to Pirhana, there are a shockingly large number of places to buy records in and around Austin.
RELATED: A guide to Austin Record Stores
Saturday, April 13, is Record Store Day, an annual retail celebration/collector’s frenzy/cash grab of all things vinyl (and other physical media) in which many of these stores are participating.
Apparently, Tito’s Handmade Vodka had a hand in in two limited edition vinyl records available for purchase at participating Record Store Day stores: “Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day, Volume 6” and “In the Garage: Live Music from WTF with Marc Maron.” Tito’s is also hosting an RSD afterparty at Aviator Nation Austin (1325 South Congress Ave) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Here are 23 releases that jumped out at me from the 401 on the big RSD list. Some, but not all of these should be available at your local record shop (indeed, this applies to all 401 releases). Good hunting!
Courtney Barnett, “Everybody Here Hates You” 12” single
Noted rocker Courtney Barnett has done what more contemporary artists should do for RSD -- she released a new song. Her is a 12” single, new song “Everybody Here Hates You” on the A-side and “Small Talk,” a non-album song from the “Tell Me How You Really Feel” sessions on the B.
Bingo Hand Job, “Live At The Borderline 1991” LP
R.E.M. didn’t tour on “Out of Time.” They instead played one London show as Bingo Hand Job, a show that was subsequently bootlegged pretty much constantly for the next 20 or so years. Finally, this show comes to wax.
Frank Black,“Frank Black” LP
Frank Black, “Teenager of the Year” 2LP
After the Pixies imploded, Frank “Black Francis” Black stayed on 4AD and cut a few solo albums. 4AD reissues the first two including a 2LP version of the epic “Teenager of the Year,” considered by many Pixies/FB nerds to be up there with “Doolittle.”
Alice Clark, “Alice Clark” LP
An absurdly cool soul jazz cult classic from 1972 recorded live over two days at the Record Plant studios in New York City, the album was produced by Bob Shad and arranged by jazz veteran Ernie Wilkins with a big band mixing jazz and soul. Obscure and fascinating stuff.
Bob Dorough, “Multiplication Rock” LP
An LP of the numerical bits from Schoolhouse Rock.”Three (is a Magic Number),” “Figure Eight” (sung by Blossom Dearie!). You know you want it.
Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks” test pressing reissue LP
You might recall that Dylan’s divorce epic “Blood on the Tracks” was recorded twice – once in NYC with a small crew of session champs] and once up in Minneapolis with some local players. Columbia cut a test pressing of the NYC version, then pulled it and replaced a bunch of tracks with the MN sessions. Here the full NYC version, including its unique mixes, is available, replicating the original test pressing look.
Fat Lip, “The Lonliest Punk” LP
Remember when former Pharcyde rapper Fat Lip released the completely incredible single “What’s Up, Fat Lip” in 2000 then took like five years to finish what became “The Loneliest Punk?” To this day, it’s his only solo album. Produced by J-Swift (who helmed The Pharcyde's debut album, “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde”) and Squeak E. Clean, among others. Out of print since its original release in 2005, the album is coming back to vinyl with this color pressing, exclusively for Record Store Day.
Al Green, “The Hi Records Singles Box Set” box
This collects the 26 singles the legendary soul singer released for Hi Records. This will be pricey (even for a day when all the specialty items are expensive), but it’s also some of the very best soul music ever made.
Janis Joplin, “Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969” 2LP
Sly and the Family Stone, “Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969” 2LP
Here are two particularly good sets from Woodstock.
Craig Mack & The Notorious B.I.G., “B.I.G. Mack” LP
A vinyl and cassette reissue of the promo tape Bad Boy released in ‘94 to promote both artists. For context, not that Craig Mack is on the A-side while some guy nobody really knew anything about is on the B side.
Mission of Burma, “Peking Spring” LP
This collection of radio tapes and demos from one of the canniest rock trios of their era is on wax for the first time.
Ocampo, Ocampo + Watt, “Apparatus” b/w “Better Than a Dirtnap” 7"
Punk rock bassist/composer/lifer Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges, etc.) joins DC musicians Devin and Renata Ocampo for this single.
Pink Floyd, “A Saucerful of Secrets” (Mono) LP
Their second album, it features but one song with Syd Barrett, many songs with newly drafted David Gilmour and the monster jam “Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun.” This is dope-sounding mono version.
Otis Redding, “Just Do It One More Time! Otis Redding with Booker T & The MGs and The Mar-Keys Captured Live At The Monterey International Festival” LP
A long title for an incredible set: Redding full set from Monterey Pop, one of the best live soul performances in the Western canon. The headliner on Saturday night, Redding followed such acts as Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding Company and destroyed them all.
Lou Reed, “Ecstasy” LP
Finally, this, Unca Lou’s last great album is available in the States on wax. With Lou, guitarist Mike Rathke, bassist Fernando Saunders and Tony “Thunder “ Smith on drums. Features his last great jam “Like a Possum.” An oddly underrated album.
Twink, “Think Pink” (mono)
Fans of deep-dive (in every sense) psychedelic rock know this 1970 masterpiece of fuzzy thunk featuring members of Tomorrow, the Pretty Things, the Deviants, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. On this Sunbeam reissue, here is an unreleased mono mix assembled with the full participation of John "Twink" Alder and an LP of alternate stereo versions.
V/A - “The Crow” Soundtrack LP
This Record Store Day is littered with 1990s soundtracks (“The Baseketball Diaries,” “Ghost World,” “Coneheads,” “New Jack City” “Malcolm X”). Here is one such EXTREMELY 1990s item. Nine Inch Nails covers Joy Division's "Dead Souls!" Pantera covers Poison Idea's "The Badge!" Rollins Band covers Suicide's "Ghost Rider!” You probably already know if you need this.
V/A - “Disco Not Disco” 3LP
This legendary 2000 compilation of weird, vintage rock/reggae/disco mutations is now on wax.Tracks include Yoko Ono's paranoid ‘Walking On Thin Ice’, the Sly & Robbie-produced ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ by Ian Duryand all 16-minutes of Steve Miller Band's epic, insane ‘Macho City’.
V/A - “Hillbillies in Hell: Vol 8” LP
Another collection of lunatic, obscuro, record collector-type country music. Includes the amazingly-titled Johnny Paycheck joint, “(Pardon Me) I’ve Got Someone to Kill.”
V/A -- "Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records" LP
Here is the soundtrack to the excellent documentary of the same name. Includes RevCo, Ministry, the usual suspects. Purchase a copy and inside will be 2 VIP tickets which will get you into a screening of the movies, a Q&A, and a special show with Ministry and Cold Cave. Limited blue vinyl. Austin is one of only six cities doing this event.
V/A - “Stax Does the Beatles” LP
What it says on the tin: Stax artists (Booker T & The M.G.s, Billy Preston, Isaac Hayes, etc) all finding the soul and funk in some of the best songs of the rock n roll era.