Six Most Exciting Record Store Day Releases

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It's April and the smell of vinyl is in the air. Record Store Day is this weekend, that annual celebration of those places where the things you illegally download live. This equates to a wealth of exclusive releases and reissues, some of which are made in such small quantities they are practically only available for one day. The entire list is available on the official Record Store Day website. Here is the list of the six most exciting Record Store Day releases of 2012. Feel free to note which records you're excited about below, but please include a digital download with your comment so we'll actually listen to it.

6. Genesis - Spot The PIgeon EP

Spot The Pigeon is a lost entry in the Genesis catalog, three extras from Wind & Wuthering, one of the records in the confused period between Peter Gabriel's departure and the time when Phil Collins owned his spot as the band's frontman. The Record Store Day edition is the most official release of Spot The Pigeon since its original run in 1977. While it's far from the band's best work, the Close To The Edge era Yes vibe of the second half of "Inside And Out" is more than enough reason for this album to continue to exist.

5. St. Vincent - "Krokodil"

"Krokodil" is exciting for exactly two reasons. It's the first song Annie Clark is releasing since her fabulous Strange Mercy record, and it's more of a rocker than anything on said album. The only complaint that can be taken seriously about Mercy is that Clark didn't show off her avant-garde shredding chops enough. It appears that "Krokodil" might remedy that situation.

4. Tortoise - "Lonesome Sound/Mosquito"

This double 7" is a reissue of the very first recordings by the Chicago post-rock pioneers. Like many RSD releases, this is aimed more at the collector and completist than the casual listener. "Lonesome Sound" is a cover of a tune by Freakwater and features prominent vocals, which melt into Slint-ish spoken word on b-side "Reservoir" and disappear completely by "Mosquito." By the time the second seven inch is flipped, you're hearing a song that would appear on Tortoise's first full length record. Nobody should dive into these 7" expecting to hear Tortoise's best work, but these four sides show the most drastic evolution in the band's career.

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Pancake Master
Pancake Master

ALSO Also of local interest, Pancake Productions Springly Sampler MMXII, to be released on Record Store Day at Apop and probably elsewhere as well, contains 30 tracks, mostly by local acts (several expatriates and a few straight-up non-Saint-Louisans), and only costs ONE DOLLAR!  You'll get some sweet, sweet UNRELEASED tracks by Quief Quota, Spelling Bee, Bunnygrunt, MSIF, BUTT, Googolplexia, Pat Sajak Assassins, Dubb Nubb, Nefertiti, The Vanilla Beans, Bug Chaser, The Union Electric, Eskimo Village, Fire Dog, Bassamp & Dano, and POSSIBLY THE LAST unreleased Fantasy Four recording that will EVER be released!  As well as other tunes by Middle Class Fashion, Pillow Talk, Bill Michalski, Trigger 5, and MORE MORE MORE!  Thirty tracks of music, song, sound, and spoken word for the cost of only ONE DOLLAR!

Matt Harnish
Matt Harnish

Also of local interest is the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of St Louis Power Pop legends Dear John's lone 45 release, signed by band members & including a CD-R of the entire recording session. The band (well, guitarist/singer Bob Kuhlmann & drummer Larry Wilke, joined by Bob Chekoudjian of the Retros on bass) will perform for the first time in THIRTY YEARS at 1:00 PM at Vintage Vinyl. 

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