Record Store Day 2019 Returns On Saturday, April 13th

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This year Record Store Day is introducing their own turntable, the RSD3. A Foo Fighters 3” record, (“Big Me”), and two blind box series from Epitaph Records and Third Man Records will hit the shelves on April 13 alongside the turntable .

This year releases include In The Garage: Live Music From WTF With Marc Maron, a collection of lovely intimate performances from the podcast, which brought together a team that included Marc, folks from Newbury Comics, Fingerprints, Tito’s HandMade Vodka and Record Store Day—for the first release on their own Record Store Day record label. The compilation with music from Ben Harper and Charlie MusselwhiteKaren KilgariffJason Isbell,  Dave Alvin, Eels, J Masic, Aimee Mann, Melissa Etheridge, Margo Price and Nick Lowe benefits the amazing organization Musicians on Call, who know something about the beauty of the intimate performance—they bring musicians to hospital facilities to bring a little joy to patients across the country.

The 2019 Record Store Day Ambassadors are Pearl Jam and their RSD 2019 contribution is the vinyl release of their legendary Live At Easy Street CD. The set was recorded live at a record store in Seattle with the audience made up of staff from record stores across the country. PRINCE has two titles on this year’s list: a vinyl release of His Majesty’s Pop Life/The Purple Mix Club and the truly sought after The VERSACE Experience: PRELUDE 2 GOLD, a cassette release never commercially released—but given out at Versace’s 1995 Paris Fashion Week show.  Jeff Tweedy has an entirely new album, Warmer. Recorded during the sessions for his latest album, Warm, this companion album for Record Store Day is ten brand new songs.

Collaborations run strong too, as Anderson Paak teams up with Busta Rhymes for a single, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus get physical with their hit “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, we revisit a classic cassette from Craig Mack and the Notorious B.I.G. and if posthumous collaborations count, the group that came together when Queen’s Brian May and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins fleshed out a track left by Beach Boy Dennis Wilson is pretty cool. (Brian May is everywhere this RSD: his other band has a reissue single of that song that will never be a hit--- “Bohemian Rhapsody”, with its original B-Side “I’m In Love With My Car”; a picture disc of the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack: and he has a single all of his own.) And while there are usually some David Bowie treasures to be found on Record Store Day, the single celebrating the celluloid collaboration of Bowie with Marlene Dietrich in Just A Gigolo stands out.

Musicians love music just as much as we do, and some of them use RSD as a chance to take on their own favorite songs. Erykah Badu and James Poyser take Squeeze’s “Tempted” down another road, Swervedriver bring the shoegaze out in classic tracks from the Byrds and The Supremes, Motorhead’s love of the Ramones is evident on their RSD 2019 7” release, High On Fire give Celtic Frost and Bad Brains some attention on the flip side of their brand new single, and Weezer tops them all with their full covers record The Teal Album (guess what color that vinyl is?).

Elvis Costello and The Imposters release the tidy Purse EP that brings together the songs Elvis has written with some of the best songwriters in history, including Paul McCartney and Johnny Cash.  Some other names on a lot of ‘Best of All Time’ lists are also on our RSD 2019 list, including Steve Earle, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Joe Strummer, U2, Gorillaz, Rolling Stones, Devo, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Parker and more. Two of the most well known albums ever released get a fresh look on April 13: Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks—The Original New York Test Pressingand John Lennon’s Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes) give fans a new look at beloved music, while newer artists like Greta Van FleetCourtney Barnett, John The Martyr and Soccer Mommy are here for that musical discovery side of record stores.

And of course, this year marks the 50th anniversary of that magical time out on Yasgur’s Farm, and the Record Store Day 2019 list highlights that with releases of the sets from Janis JoplinSly & The Family StoneCanned Heat and a 3 LP Mono release of the original Woodstock soundtrack—exactly as you would have heard it from the loudspeakers in August 1969.  (Oh, and for good measure, a release that visits Green Day’s set from that second Woodstock.)

More information on these releases and SO MANY MORE can be found at recordstoreday.com

Jorge Lara