MUSIC LOVERS, get your credit cards ready and set your alarms: Record Store Day is almost here! There are a few ways to celebrate the annual ode to physical music releases and independent record store culture and share the local love.
Graveface Records & Curiosities: official RSD participating location
Opens: 9 a.m.
Stock: every official Record Store Day release in limited quantities, (check out the complete list at recordstoreday.com, and print out the PDF for a shopping list), a selection of U.K.-only Record Store Day releases, a selection of “unofficial” Record Store Day release
Specials: flash sales throughout the day (announced at midnight the day of), 600 fresh used LP selections
Rody’s Records/Rody’s Audio Warehouse: official RSD participating location
Opens: TBD (stay tuned at facebook.com/VinylVibeRecords)
Stock: 500+ Record Store Day 7” and 12” releases
House of Strut: Twisty Cats 7” Record Release & Record Label Launch Party
Time: 9 p.m.
When you’re done digging in the bins, shake out those tired arms at Starland vintage emporium House of Strut. The stylish, music-inspired business has launched a record label and will celebrate Record Store Day the DIY way with its first 7” release from Savannah glam-punk duo Twisty Cats. Twisty Cats and special guests will perform at this free event.
These artists have made their mark on Savannah, and their official RSD releases make a worthy addition to your shopping bag.
Kylesa, "Live at Maida Vale Studio" 12" cassette, vinyl and CD (limit 100, 1,000, and 650 copies respectively)
Our hometown heroes may have disbanded, but they’ve prepared a special limited release for Record Store Day. The live album, taken from a BBC Radio 1 Rock Show session that was originally broadcast in February 2014, features favorite cuts like “Quicksand,” “Long Gone,” “Don’t Look Back,” and “To Forget.” Savannah illustrator Shaun Beaudry inked the gorgeous album art.
The War on Drugs, "Thinking of a Place" 12" (limit 5,500 copies)
The 2012 Savannah Stopover Music Festival headliners will share their first release in three years on Record Store Day.
Sharon Jones with the E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders, "Heaven Bound" b/w "Key To The Kingdom 7" (limit 2,500 copies)
Savannah was fortunate enough to see Sharon Jones sing her heart out and dance across the stage at two separate Savannah Music Festivals. The beloved soul singer and dynamite performer lost her battle with cancer in November of last year at 60 years old, and, as a tribute to her stellar career, Daptone Records is releasing her very first gospel-funk recordings on the label’s reissue subsidiary, EVER-SOUL Records.
Recorded in the late 1970s with E.L. Fields and The Gospel Wonders, the songs feature Jones on lead vocals. The unique packaging features a picture frame jacket with an easel-back and a double-sided photo featuring Jones’s beautiful high school portrait on one side and the singer with the Gospel Wonders on the reverse.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Welcome to 1979 12" (limit 4,000 copies)
Savannah favorite Jason Isbell and his band are set to release a collection of live recordings, cut directly to acetate at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 studio. The collection of covers, save the Isbell-penned Drive-By Truckers song “Never Gonna Change,” includes two Rolling Stones songs, Candi Staton’s “Heart on a String,” John Prine’s “Storm Windows,” and Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”
Drive-By Truckers, Electric Lady Sessions, 12" (limit 3,530 copies)
Athens alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers cut seven live tracks at Electric Lady Studios and will release them on clear vinyl.
Pokey Lafarge, "Riot In The Streets / Better Man Than Me" 10" (limit 1,500 copies)
Savannah Music Festival 2014 performer Pokey Lafarge is sharing a 10” record of all-new material. Side A features “Riot in the Streets” and “Better Man Than Me” and the B-side features an etching of an original, hand-drawn image by Pokey. A must for fans of carved vinyl!
Blitzen Trapper, Unreleased Recordings Series: Waking Bullets at Breakneck Speed LP (limit 1,400 copies)
Savannah Stopover and Jinx stage alums Blitzen Trapper have a treat for their fans this year: a 13-track LP of unreleased material, Volume One. All the songs were recorded at the Telegraph Building in Portland during the Wild Mountain Nation and Furr sessions around 2006.
The Sword, Low Country LP (limit 1,500)
Jinx favorites The Sword are releasing their 2016 compilation album, which features stripped-down acoustic versions of songs from their 2015 album High Country, on colored vinyl with an exclusive poster.
Flat Duo Jets, Wild Wild Love vinyl box set (limit 800)
Dex Romweber’s dynamite duo tore up Savannah’s stages through the ‘90s and 2000s, and we were lucky enough to have a Romweber solo return in 2016. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the vintage rock ‘n’ rollers on wax, now’s your chance: the box set includes a 10” of the original Flat Duo Jets In Stereo EP (originally released on cassette only), a 12” of the band’s self-titled debut (originally released on CD), and a 12” of outtakes and alternative versions from the debut album sessions in November 1988. A 12” booklet includes reprints from tour posters and flyers, concert tickets, live photos, and much more.
Blind Mr. Jones, Stereo Musicale (Expanded) 2 x LP (limit 1,500)
Graveface Records has an official Record Store Day release this year in the form of a double LP from seminal shoegaze band Blind Mr. Jones. The band’s defining album, Stereo Musicale, has been completely remastered for vinyl and includes never-released-on-vinyl tracks, guest appearances from Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, extensive liner notes, and ephemera from their brief but influential career.
Big Thief, "Mythological Beauty" 7" (limit 700)
Stopover ’17 alums Big Thief release a new single, “Mythological Beauty,” and B-side, “Breathe In My Lungs,” on opaque yellow vinyl via Saddle Creek records.