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Record Store Day: A Buyer's Guide

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Sonic Boom
Seattle
Nirvana, ”Pennyroyal Tea”/”I Hate Myself and Want to Die”
”We sell a ton of seven-inches. Last year, by far the biggest Record Store Day seller was Elliott Smith’s Either/Or outtakes.”
Otis Redding, Pain in My Heart
”I could sell this until I’m blue in the face — it should go quickly.”
Jason Hughes, co-owner

Aquarius Records
San Francisco
Scharpling & Wurster, Rock, Rot & Rule
“It’s a vinyl reissue of maybe the funniest record ever, especially for music nerds.”
A Minor Forest, Flemish Altruism/Independence
“Both albums from this ’90s math/post-noise band, the drummer of which owns the store — and is me.”
Andee Connors, co-owner

Record Exchange
Boise, ID
Bruce Springsteen, American Beauty
“It’s cool that he’s paying enough attention to Record Store Day to release four new songs on it.”
The Pogues, Live With Joe Strummer
“This is live from the London Forum in 1991. It’s a legendary show, and I never thought I would see it on vinyl.”
Michael Bunnell, owner

Amoeba Music
Los Angeles
The Snow, ”Memory Loss”
“A supergroup single from the label Captured Tracks, with members of Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, and Holograms.”
The Muppet Movie, Soundtrack (vinyl)
“The best movie soundtrack of all time. Paul Williams plus Jim Henson equals magic!”
Brad Schelden, buyer

Twist & Shout
Denver
The Grateful Dead, Live at Hampton Coliseum
“A lot of people will be lining up for this. The Grateful Dead, Phish, and the White Stripes drive Record Store Day.”
Tame Impala, Live Versions
“This is what we get excited about: a real darling of the indie stores.”
Paul Epstein, owner

Orange Records
Fargo, ND
Built to Spill, Ultimate Alternative Wavers
“It’s never been on vinyl, so you can’t even find old copies of it.”
Oliver Hart, The Many Faces of Oliver Hart Or: How Eye One the Write Too Think
“This is [the late] Eyedea from Eyedea and Abilities, from Minneapolis; I think it’s my favorite thing he’s ever done.”
Matt Oland, owner

Waterloo Records
Austin
The Standells, ”Dirty Water”/”Twitchin”’
“My wife grew up in Massachusetts, and she’s really excited about this one. Everyone’s got their own thing for their own reason, and that’s what’s kind of cool about Record Store Day.”
Black Angels, Clear Lake Forest
“They’re an Austin band we’re having in for a signing. Local things carry a lot of weight.”
John Kunz, owner

Euclid Records
St. Louis
Lake Street Drive, ”What I’m Doing Here”/ ”Wedding Band”
“A lot of people have been asking about this one.”
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Transcriptions
“These are some old recordings that haven’t been out before.”
Neil Landow, manager/buyer

Grimey’s Records
Nashville
R.E.M., Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
“From their two MTV Unplugged performances. It has songs that weren’t aired on the program.”
Various Artists, The Space Project
“It’s sounds from the NASA moon landing, with great artists: Spiritualized, Beach House, Youth Lagoon, Mutual Benefit.”
Joshua Walker, asst. manager

Reckless Records
Chicago
Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
“Used copies are always completely shredded, so this is the first opportunity for this generation to own a nice new copy.”
Poison Idea/Pantera, Side by Side Series
“Rhino puts out these seven-inch sessions every year. The Pantera cover was featured on the Crow soundtrack!”
David Hofer, buyer

The Sound Garden
Baltimore
Walter Rizzati, The Bronx Warriors soundtrack
“It’s a composed piece reissued by a label called Death Waltz.”
Cake, Eight-LP box set
“I’m trying to figure it out myself — it’s 2014, and everybody’s excited for the Cake box set.”
Jimmy MacMillan, manager

Wuxtry Records
Athens, GA
Pagans, What’s This S—? 1977/1979
“They’re a Cleveland punk band who had an awesome song, ‘What’s This S— Called Love?,’ back in the late ’70s.”
Link Wray, ”Slinky”/”Rendezvous”
“The guy that wrote ‘Rumble’ also made a great song, ‘Slinky,’ that’s rereleased on seven-inch.”
Nate Mitchell, clerk

Newbury Comics
Boston
Ray Parker Jr., ”Ghostbusters” theme
“These are apparently rare remixes. Like, what? And they’re putting it in a glow-in-the-dark vinyl format!”
Disclosure, ”Apollo”
”Because they’re awesome”
Alfred Chavez, asst. manager

Rough Trade
Brooklyn
LCD Soundsystem, Live at Madison Square Garden
“We’re looking forward to this so much that we’re having an entire insane in-store exhibition built around it.”
Donny Hathaway, Live at the Bitter End 1971
“An amazing live release from one of the greatest singers to ever walk the planet. Vinyl is the ideal way to hear Donny, and this thing is completely beautiful.”
Fear of Men, Loom (deluxe vinyl edition)
“We just freakin’ love this band!”
Hope Silverman, manager

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