4.18.09: Some things to look for…


Attempting to bolster support for indie record stores on this year’s Record Store Day, some special treats are being released for the occasion. Out of the multitude, these are at the top of my list:

Sonic Youth & Beck split 7”
Matador Records is putting out some specialized releases, but this one in particular features Sonic Youth and Beck covering each others’ songs. Thurston Moore and Co. are performing Mellow Gold’s “Pay No Mind” and Beck will be putting a spin on EVOL’s “Green Light.”

Sonic Youth is also cutting an additional split 7” with Jay Reatard, also available from Matador.

Tom Waits Live from the Glitter & Doom Tour 2008 7” —
I’ve been trying to get the details straight on this one, but there’s no actual information on Waits’ label, ANTI. This is either a live split 7” with Lucinda Williams, or Waits performs “Lucinda” live.

Either way, Waits’ name is on a 7.” ‘Twill be mine.

The Jesus Lizard
Touch & Go is putting out set of nine remastered 7” singles entitled, INCH. Featured:

  • "Chrome" b/w "7 vs 8"
  • "Mouthbreather" b/w "Sunday You Need Love"
  • "Wheelchair Epidemic" b/w "Dancing Naked Ladies"
  • "Gladiator" (live) b/w "Seasick" (live)
  • "Puss" (from a long out-of-print split with Nirvana)
  • "Glamorous" b/w "Deaf as a Bat"
  • "Lady Shoes" (live) b/w "Killer McHann" (live)
  • "Bloody Mary" (live) b/w "Monkey Trick" (live)
  • "(Fly) On (the Wall)" b/w "White Hole"

Rhino 7”s
I can’t find a direct source for this information, but the Interwebs are stating that Rhino records is putting out the following:

  • Janes Addiction 7”
    “Mountain Song” b/w “Standing In The Shower... Thinking”
  • The Stooges 7”
    “1969” b/w “Real Cool Time”
  • MC5 7”
    “Kick Out The Jams” b/w “Motor City Is Burning”
  • The Smiths 7”
    “The Headmaster Ritual” b/w “Oscillate Wildly”
  • New Order 7”
    “Temptation” b/w “Hurt”

There’s also rumors of an Elvis Costello/Jenny Lewis 7” and Domino Records is apparently putting out a vinyl-only compilation called, Blood On The Tracks, but I couldn’t find any direct source for confirmation. I guess news of these exclusive releases is being kept light due to the influx of record-shoppers that will be out on 4/18, tongues wagging, green blazing and fists flying. I think they’ll probably be available online that day as well, so the labels probably want to keep pre-orders to a minimum.

I’m realistic enough to know that I’ll be lucky to get at least ONE of any of these.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead
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