OH, WHAT SWAG YOU SCORED… ON RECORD STORE DAY 2014: Another Blurt Report

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Did you stand in line for hours on April 19? Did you max out your Visa card? Did you have to hit eBay afterwards to keep the high going? Most important: what did you score? We’ll show you ours if you show us yours.

BY FRED MILLS, DANNY PHILLIPS AND JOHN MOORE

Record Store Day #7: April 19, 2014. It rained limited edition, numbered/colored—and the instance of that Ghostbusters/Ray Parker Jr. 10”, glow-in-the-dark—vinyl. In some places, like at BLURT’s sister business Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC, it literally rained, which made for some very soggy shoppers! Regardless, a good time was had by all, including for ye olde editor and longtime contributors Phillips and Moore, who all got their collector geek on. Below you’ll read about some of the platters they geeked out on, along with relevant info for the pieces in case you feel compelled to go hunting yourself. We have additionally noted whether or not a download card was included with the record since we feel that such inclusions have played a large part in the current vinyl resurgence (although it’s too bad many labels insist on you providing your email address and other contact info, because if you have already paid for an item the download should be a one-click, no-commitment process). If you do decide to try to track down hard copies, however, be mindful of online gougers (it might be prudent “completed listings” on eBay rather than current asking price as a guide to what an item’s true market value is) and support your local indie store whenever possible.

       Go here to read about swag we scored on RSD 2013 and here for RSD’s Black Friday 2013, or elsewhere on this website for some general comments on the annual event. Oh, and a huge thank-you to the labels who supplied some of the swag discussed here. You know who you are… –Ed.

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R.E.M. – Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions (Warner Bros., www.warnerbros.com; 1000 copies; note that it is going to be released on CD)When there’s a Linkin Park/Jay Z RSD exclusive, you know someone’s throwing a lot pink slime in with the top-grade meat to try and make a quick buck off this once-sacred vinyl nerd holiday. Leave it to the boys from Athens to put a little more relevancy back into your 1 a.m. wake up call on Record Store Day. This four album (FOUR ALBUMS!) release corrals songs from two different MTV Unplugged appearances (’member those, kids?); the first in 1991 and the follow up in 2001.

Aside from some bootlegs that likely existed in some form or another, this is the first time these 33 songs are getting a proper release (and 11 of the songs never even aired on the show, making it the Holy Grail R.E.M. fans didn’t know existed). This pristine set includes just about every song an R.E.M. acolyte could hope for, from “So. Central Rain” to “Daysleeper” (but feel free to address any petty gripes about missing obscure tracks directly to Blurt). This record is the reason Record Store Day was first dreamed up seven years ago. —JOHN B. MOORE [Current eBay asking price: $250-$300]

 

Pogues

THE POGUES WITH JOE STRUMMERLive in London (Warner Bros./Rhino, www.rhino.com; 3000 copies) The 2012 Strummer release Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros Live at Acton Town Hall proved to be a key part of the erstwhile Clash mainman’s puzzle, and now we have another addition to the legend via his 1991 tenure with partners-in-crime The Pogues. Pressed on brilliant red vinyl, the 2LP set covers all the Pogues bases (wait’ll you hear Joe warble out the melody of “The Sunnyside of the Street”) while not overlooking the Clash oeuvre via passionate readings of “London Calling,” “Straight To Hell,” “Brand New Cadillac” and “I Fought the Law”—all with a Poguesian spin, of course. Joe clearly enjoyed filling in for the AWOL Shane MacGowan, and the band clearly reveled in the partnership. While I risk collector-geek blasphemy by saying this, the album really needs to get a wider release so Strummer fans everywhere will get a chance to hear the ’91 London concert. —FRED MILLS [Current eBay asking price: $35-$55]

 

Velvets

VELVET UNDERGROUNDLoaded (Cotillion/Rhino, www.rhino.com; 3000 copies) Yes, I did it again; I was resolute in my mission for truth, justice and a great place in line. I drug my ass out of bed at 4:55 am to drive two hours to my favorite record shops, Lovegarden Sounds in Lawrence, KS and Mills Recording Company in Kansas City, for the privilege of standing in line. I was among a handful of half-awake vinyl junkies; drinking Monsters and eating artisan donuts, waiting impatiently to buy exclusive Record Store Day releases that I would rejoice getting and kick myself for not grabbing up. I was facetious toward some of the fellow devotees; camping out overnight to buy records seemed absurd while part of me wished I had that kind of dedication. To be honest, the list of releases was soft for me this year. Sure, there was a ton of stuff but only a few stuck out to me, only a few got me from slumber at that godforsaken hour on a Saturday. This Velvets album, for RSD on platter pink/white/black vinyl,and though being one of my favorites in the VU canon, is one I have never owned in any format, this was an anomaly in my collection, a gaping hole that needed to be rectified and filled. Thanks to the good folks at Rhino and a nice price of $20, I now have a copy and it looks phenomenal spinning. —DANNY R. PHILLIPS [Current eBay asking price: $49-$75]

 

Yardbirds little Games LP

YARDBIRDSLittle Games (Parlophone, via WEA EU; 2500 copies) Next to the aforementioned Velvets LP, the sunburst yellow/orange wax for this reissue (sonically, a reprise of the 1992 remix for a CD reissue) is probably the most awesome-looking release for the 2014 RSD. Yes, I turn into a little girl in the presence of colored vinyl. But seriously—look at it! Admittedly, 1967’s Little Games is the worst album in the Y-birds’ catalog despite guitarist Jimmy Page’s brief foreshadowings of what he would be doing subsequently in Led Zeppelin. But despite the general malaise that was creeping into the band at this point in time, it has its moments. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $24-$30]

 

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERSDragon Pants 10” EP (ATO, www.atorecords.com; 2500 copies) Speaking of Page, the title track of the DBTs new EP is an ethereal/bluesy tribute to the Led Zep wizard, with Patterson Hood musing on what he would do “if I was Jimmy Page.” (It would indeed be a trip to see Hood playing a double-neck guitar with a bow.)

Anyhow, here we have five outtakes from the English Oceans sessions, nothing absolutely essential, but all solid entries for the discriminating DBTs collector, and you gotta love a songtitle like “Trying to be The Boss (on a Beaver Brown Budget)”. Raise your hand if you sprung for the limited edition/blue vinyl/hand-numbered “bootleg” edition of the English Oceans LP, incidentally. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $19-$25]

 

Grant Hart LP

GRANT HART – Every Everything/Some Something LP/DVD (MVD, www.mvdb2b.com; 1750 copies) (This is one that stands close to my heart. Every Everything/Some Something is a soundtrack of sorts to Every EverythingThe Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart, a film by Gorman Bechard. I reviewed the doc for BLURT and subsequently re-published it in the book That Devil Music: The Best Rock Writing of 2014. In addition, a quote from said review graces the cover art (not a sticker) of the RSD release. [Huzzah! – Very Proud Ed.]

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The record has a great song selection from Hart’s body of work and includes the wonderful documentary of a true punk rock icon. Totally, worth the purchase, my words on the cover were merely the icing on the cake. For me at least. —DRP [Current eBay asking price: $21]

 

DEVOLive at Max’s Kansas City November 15, 1977 (Jackpot, www.jackpotrecords.com; 2000 copies) Along with the R.E.M. set detailed above, this deep-archival Devo release clearly has the collector community agonizing over how to score copies: it has been routinely selling for more than a hundred bucks. Well, it’s a pretty rocking, killer set and a crucial glimpse of the band during its earliest days, precisely when it was beginning to break out of O-HI-O, stocking masks, radiation suits, Booji Boy ‘n’ all. Seriously, classic numbers like “Mongoloid” and “Come Back Jonee” are as loopy and riveting as ever, and the sound quality, while not up to 2014 professional-recording standards, is more than acceptable. (It’s likely this show has circulated among the tape trader underground for years and has also been bootlegged, although the band did two shows the same night so the bootlegs may be of the other one.) Hey, is that David Bowie intro’ing the band at the start of the LP? There were a couple other Devo releases for this year’s RSD, but Live at Max’s is without a doubt the one to try to track down, so slap your mammy, unleash that uncontrollable urge, and start clicking that mouse. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $125]

 

GRAM PARSONS180 Gram: Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel (Reprise/Rhino, www.rhino.com; 3000 copies) With each copy numbered and stamped, Parsons collectors will have no choice but to salivate over this for years to come. Indeed, because it is “Gram” and because Gram collectors can get kinda nutty, some of the online entrepreneurs are in full gouge mode, demanding up to 150 bucks (although most copies have traded hands for around 35 to date, which was the original retail price, so caveat emptor). The 2LP set was previously available as the third disc in the 2005 CD box The Complete Reprise Sessions so it’s not exactly obscure (that out of print artifact can also be had for in the neighborhood of $35). But it’s still essential listening by any estimation. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $35-$75]

 

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DONNY HATHAWAYLive at the Bitter End 1971 (Atco/Rhino, www.rhino.com; 3000 copies) A companion piece, of sorts, to the Parsons LP, with similar gatefold/tip-on sleeve packaging and numbered/stamped. Though jazz/gospel/soul/funk legend Hathaway would meet a tragic end, leaping to his death from the 15th floor of a New York hotel in 1979 following a baffling stint with mental illness, in 1971 he was absolutely on, as this record comprising a set recorded at the iconic venue clearly shows. Similar material previously graced Hathaway’s Live album (1972), which also featured tunes cut at L.A.’s Troubadour, but this is a complete show featuring Hathaway and a crack quintet (guitarist Cornell Dupree, guitarist Mike Howard, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Fred White, conga player Earl DuRouen) absolutely slaying a New York audience. From silky covers of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and the Hollies’ “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” to an extended reading of Hathaway’s signature funk workout “The Ghetto” and a jaw-dropping 21-minute bluesy jam called “Voices Inside,” there’s not a wasted note in any of the double album’s grooves. Journalist Charles Waring contributes in-depth liner notes that additionally make the record a kind of Hathaway tutorial. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $39-$60]

 

Michael Chapman

MICHAEL CHAPMANPlaying Guitar The Easy Way (Light In The Attic, www.lightintheattic.net; 2000 copies) As the obi strip on this hand-numbered, colored-vinyl (both blue and clear), tip-on sleeved oddity informs us, axe maestro Chapman’s ’78 album—never offered on CD, by the way, so original LPs or this reissue remain your only options—comprised instrumental workouts serving, presumably true to the title, as “hints for would be songwriters.” Well, even though the artist has kindly provided tablatures and sundry tips in the extensive booklet, good luck turning out as nimble a fingerpicker and slide wielder as Chapman! But aside from that, the album is manna for all you Fahey and Kottke enthusiasts as well. Soothing and thrilling all at the same time. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $22-$33]

 

STEVE EARLETownes: The Basics (New West, www.newwestrecords.com, 2000 copies, download card included) Hand-numbered and housed in a chip-board sleeve, Earle’s latest RSD offering reprises the material from the out-of-print bonus CD that originally came with initial copies of his 2009 album Townes. These stark acoustic tracks were recorded in NYC in October of 2008 prior to moving to professional studios for fleshing out; as such, they give you a clearer sense of what was on Earle’s mind as he worked out how he wanted to pay tribute to his late mentor. I’ll never get tired of hearing Van Zandt’s “Pancho & Lefty” in any format. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $35-$70]

 

Angels

BLACK ANGELSClear Lake Forest 10” EP (Blue Horizon, www.theblackangels.com; 3500 copies; download card included] As a de facto followup to last year’s Indigo Meadow, this is a wholly worthy successor without any whiff of the “outtakes/B-sides” syndrome. A track like the thrumming “Diamond Eyes” in particular makes for classic sike-o-delic Black Angels listening, further proof that the Austin band is one of the best lysergic operations on the planet. Clear vinyl simply seals the deal. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $21-$25]

 

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AEROSMITH – 4 reissues (Columbia/Legacy, www.legacyrecordings.com; 3000 copies) Continuing with the trend they started last April, Legacy released another four remastered albums from Aerosmith’s back catalogue – the albums that contained some of the band’s best songs, years before they made a successful, but ultimately embarrassing comeback in the hair metal scene, pissing away decades worth of stoner rock credibility. Each one is numbered and on 180-gram vinyl (but will get a full re-release later in 2014 as they are among the “Record Store Day First” titles). This latest collection is a mixed bag, including two of their best (Rocks and Draw the Line) and one of their worst (Rock in a Hard Place).

*Rocks – Following up the classic Toys in the Attic, this one is a fantastic example of the Boys from Boston at their peak. Songs like “Back in the Saddle,” “Last Child” and “Sick As a Dog” to this day are examples of sleazy American rock at its finest. (Pictured above: an original copy of the LP – note the ring of authenticity.)

*Draw the Line – Almost as good as its predecessor, the title track, the operatic “Kings and Queens,” (a perfectly crafted ‘70s time capsule track) and fantastic “Milk Cow Blues” cover make this one another essential Aerosmith record.

*Night in the Ruts – And this is when the massive amounts of drugs begin to take their toll. Joe Perry quit the band and as a result the songs are not nearly as tight and just seem to peter out. The fact that the limp Shangri-La’s cover “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” is the best known song from this album says a lot.

*Rock in a Hard Place – …And now we’ve hit “rock” bottom, with the band’s least popular album of the decade. Skip these last two and start scouring your favorite record store Rocks and Draw the Line. —JBM [Current eBay asking prices: $25]

 

STEPHEN JOHN KALINICHA World of Peace Must Come (Light In The Attic, www.lightintheattic.net; 2000 copies) Here’s one of the genuine oddities of this year’s RSD batch—and an orange wax, hand-numbered, tip-on sleeved oddity at that. In ’69 Brian Wilson apparently enlisted his friend, songwriter/poet Kalinich, for a project they would record at his Bel Air home, although eventually the sessions would shift to Sunset Sound and Wally Heider Studios. The result was an Aquarian-era collection of part-sung, part-spoken word compositions with Kalinich the primary voice and Wilson lending his own pipes here and there. Later, the tapes went missing, but when they turned up many years later and saw release, Wilson acolytes received it somewhat cautiously yet ultimately with warmth. It’s certainly not for everyone, probably more up your alley if you are primarily a Kalinich fan, although there are a few brief Beach Boys-esque passages. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $10-$20]

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEENAmerican Beauty 12” EP (Columbia, www.columbiarecords.com; 7500 copies) One would be “hard pressed” (pun intended) to describe 7500 as a “limited edition,” and given that these four songs presumably assembled during the numerous sessions that eventually resulted in the High Hopes (itself a grab-bag affair) aren’t exactly Bruce classics, we’ll charitably call the EP a bone being tossed to hardcore fans. Okay, “Hurry Up Sundown” has the classic Springsteen anthemism pulsing from its heavily overdubbed (just Bruce on multiple instruments, plus Josh Freese on drums) grooves, I’ll give him that. But High Hopes, initially a disappointment, has begun to grown on me. I don’t think American Beauty will get too many repeat spins. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $18-$24]

 

WAYNE KRAMERLexington(Industrial Amusement, www.industrialamusement.com; 1000 copies; download card included) On the other hand, the almost-as-iconic (to me, at least) ex-MC5 guitarist decided it was time to really stretch out his chops and walk an artistic tightrope. Billed as the rocker’s first free jazz album, it does indeed traverse the sonic cosmos, with producer Kramer handling guitar while a small horn section plus pianist, two drummers and both an acoustic and electric bassist providing the full ensemble effect. Some tunes steer decisively into big band-esque Sun Ra territory, while “13th Hour” is a straightforward, and lovely, ballad for guitar and piano; the net effect is both exhilarating and engaging. Fans should note that while this will be made available again later this year as it is among the “Record Store Day First” titles, those will not be hand numbered or feature Kramer’s autograph. (The RSD website lists this at 500 copies pressed, but that appears to be incorrect as my copy is numbered 636/1000.) —FM [Current eBay asking price: $25]

 

SUN RAOuter Spaceways Incorporated (ORG Music, www.orgmusic.com; 1500 copies) Speaking of free jazz… don’t let that clown from Oak Lawn, IL (seller name: dooben08) trying to sell his copy of this for $2,000 on eBay throw you off—that’s about $1,960 more than what you can expect to pay for this reissue of the ever-prolific Sun Ra’s ’78 classic. Pressed on immaculate whiteish-purple vinyl and boasting brand new artwork, OSI is arguable Ra at his peak, or at least during one of his numerous peaks. Da skronk hurts reallll good, kids. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $35-$50]

 

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J. SPACEMAN & KID MILLIONSLive at Le Poisson Rouge (Northern Spy, www.northernspyrecords.com; 3000 copies; bonus 7” and download card included) Speaking of free jazz, on September 11, 2013, J. Spaceman (Jason Pierce of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3) and Kid Millions (John Colpitts of Oneida, Man Forever, People of the North) took a night off of their US tour with Spiritualized to perform an improvised set at (Le) Poisson Rouge, in Greenwich Village. Northern Spy Records was there to document the show. 24 minutes on side 1 plus 21 minutes on side 2 makes for ¾ of an hour of freeform, at times psychedelic jamming wherein Pierce wielded both guitar and piano and Colpitts maintained a constant percussive presence. Also included is an individually sleeved 45, “New York” b/w “London”—nice touch, that. Presumably Pierce found this particular project more meaningful than his other contribution to RSD, The Space Project compilation, which he went on record in the press as saying he was broke at the time and needed the cash. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $15-$25]

 

Pussy

PUSSY GALOREPussy Gold 5000 (Shove; 1500 copies) Pussy Galore is not for everyone. Abrasive, loud and left of center, the band that Jon Spencer would later leave to form The Blues Explosion is a gem of garage rock noise. Taking from influences like The Kinks, Sonic Youth and any number of noise rockers, Pussy Galore’s (one of the greatest band names ever) EP Pussy Gold 5000, with “Spin Out,” “Walk,” and “Pretty Fuck Look,” is a testament, a time capsule of what the New York underground sounded like in the 1980’s. This is a followup to the band’s 2013 release, a reissue of the Groovy Hate Fuck EP. —DRP [Current eBay asking price: $15-$30]

 

BTS

BUILT TO SPILLUltimate Alternative Wavers (C/Z & Light In The Attic, www.lightintheattic.net; 5000 copies) First released on May 1, 1993, Built to Spill’s debut saw its first run at vinyl this Record Store Day and it’s worth the wait. The translucent yellow double vinyl should have hipsters and indie rock nuts everywhere setting down their craft beers, stroking their ironic facial hair and “meh-ing” with excitement. With “Nowhere Nothin’ Fuckup” (a title taken from Philip K. Dick’s “Flow My Tears, The Postman Said”), “Built to Spill,” “Shameful Dread,” Wavers heralded the arrival of one indie rock’s best and most beloved bands. Too bad, it took 20 years to find a home on wax. (Most copies of the press run were on translucent yellow vinyl, but 500 additional copies turned up on green vinyl specifically for Pacific Northwest record stores.) —DRP [Current eBay asking price: $35-$50]

 

SCHARPLING AND WURSTERRock, Rot & Rule (Stereolaffs/Flannelgraph, www.flannelgraphrecords.com; 1000 copies) If you were hesitating because it’s not music but a spoken word comedy album, you may have missed the boat, in all its red vinyl glory, because I don’t even see it listed on eBay at the moment. Anyhow… a number of years ago WFMU deejay Tom Scharpling teamed up with his buddy Jon Wurster (known to most folks as Superchunk’s drummer and also, currently, as Bob Mould’s drummer) to create the “Rock, Rot & Rule” comedy routine wherein Wurster, as know-it-all-yet-clueless rock critic “Ronald Thomas Clontle, proceeds to make the entire career pat known as “rock criticism” utterly superfluous by “publishing” a reference book designed to be the ultimate musical argument settler. Meanwhile, callers to Scharpling’s show, found themselves alternately confused, bemused and, for the most part, infuriated by Clontle and his pronouncements, which were way better than any 10-star rating reviews system ever devised by music magazines. Did you know that Eddie Money and Herbie Mann both “rock”? You didn’t? What are you, an idiot? Ummm… don’t ask, or you’ll get sucked down the Scharpling-Wurster rabbit hole. Just trust me. My favorite moment, a subtle but telling one, comes when Wurster/Clontle gets writer Ira Robbins and Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan mixed up. I trust you will have many such faves yourself. Pure, unfiltered brilliance. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $30-$50]

 

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MUDHONEYOn Top! (Sub Pop, www.subpop.com; 1700 copies pressed; download card included) Whoah…. This should be an “official” album rather than a limited edition—it’s that smokin’ white hot a live performance, recorded at the band’s 2013 Sub Pop 25th anniversary bash at Seattle’s Space Needle. Of course, it was originally broadcast over KEXP, and since a download card is also included, you shouldn’t have much trouble locating the tunes somewhere on the web. Still, the whole package is pretty desirable, with a striking red cover and an inner sleeve festooned with a slew of color live action photos of the band performing at the very top of the space needle. Touch those boys, they’re sick. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $30-$40]

 

Sonics

SONICS/MUDHONEY – split 45 (Muddy Roots, www.muddyrootsmusic.com; 1000 copies) Speaking of Mudhoney… Pressed to beautiful green and black splatter vinyl by Muddy Roots, this release pairs two of the Northwest’s best garage bands, each from different era fitting perfectly together. The Sonics, a garage band that were part of the Trashmen, Kingsmen, ? and the Mysterians garage explosion helped give birth to the sound that Mudhoney would later embrace, mutate and shape to their own will. It is great to see a label like Muddy Roots giving the kids out there a chance to hear The Sonics and it is always a treat to hear Mark Arm scream.—DRP [Current eBay asking price: $12-$20]

 

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVERCommissions 1 12” 45 (Warp, www.warp.net; 1000 copies) Daniel Lopatin commences his “Commissions” series with this limited edition in order to showcase some of the side works he’s been doing—but “out of context,” so to speak, from the galleries, films and other original settings. For example, the “cover” of “I Only Have Eyes For You” is relatively disjointed, yet oddly soothing; it was created for an installation by Doug Aitken at the Hirshhorn Museum in 2012. Probably for OPN completists only, but still, a desirable artifact, not the least reason being the minimalist die-cut outer sleeve. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $16-$24]

 

Cure

THE CURE/ DINOSAUR JR. – split 45 (Warner Bros., www.warnerbros.com; 5000 copies) Another release in the topnotch “Side by Side Series,” Dinosaur Jr. / The Cure are possibly the best thus far. Taking two of my favorite bands and putting them on one white vinyl 7” doing the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” is, well, heaven. It shows a band at the peak of its powers (The Cure) and another in all its abrasive joy (Dinosaur Jr.) taking a song from a band they admire and doing it justice, while making it their own. —DRP [Current eBay asking price: $18-$30]

 

Fela

FELA RANSOME KUTI AND HIS KOOLA LOBITOS – “Se E Tun De” b/w “Waka Waka” 7” 45 (Knitting Factory, www.knittingfactoryrecords.com; 1000 copies) To be brutally honest, this year’s 7” selection was pretty underwhelming. When people are claiming to getting excited over singles from Wanda Jackson, Buckingham-Nicks era Fleetwood Mac, Doug Paisley and, er, Ron Jeremy (doing classical music, no less), that tells me that they are just settling for what they can get. Even this year’s traditional mystery disc, Rush covering Love’s “7 and 7 Is” plus the original Love version, was much ado about zip—particularly in light of the fact that everyone was expecting a Led Zeppelin release as a lead-in to the upcoming expanded reissues of the first three Zep albums. At any rate, the Fela Kuti 45 here was an exception to all that, his horn-heavy Afrobeat never being less than fascinating; plus, when was the last time you actually held a Fela 45 in your hands? (The Black Friday release last year was a very cool 12”, by the way.) —FM [Current eBay asking price: $12]

 

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS WITH FRED SCHNEIDER – “Party At My Trouse” b/w “Hey Mary” 7” 45 (Yep Roc, www.yeproc.com; 950 copies; download card included). The very first SCOTS release back in the mid-‘80s was a silk-screened sleeve 7” EP that is now highly collectible, and for their newest 45 they’ve gone silk-screen again (not a cheap packaging option, trust me). And yes, that is the B-52s frontman sitting in on a chooglin’ l’il white trash anthem on the A side and a jazzy l’il strut on the flip. Schneider’s vocals remain instantly identifiable, so this will please fans of both camps. Neither track is available elsewhere, by the way. —FM [Current eBay asking price: $12-$18]

 

SCRUFFY AND THE JANITORS – “Shake it Off” b/w “Low Belly”(This Tall Records) Not an “official” Record Store Day release, St. Joseph, Missouri garage rock band Scruffy and The Janitors put out the first single from the upcoming Anglo. Pressed on limited edition blue translucent vinyl and debuted during an April 19 in store at The Lucky Tiger Vintage store/ record shop, a home base for St. Joseph’s growing music scene, Shake It Off/Low Belly blends classic blues riffs with The Hives and Mudhoney aggressiveness. “Shake it Off” has been strong enough to get Scruffy attention at home, an opening slot with J. Roddy Walston and the Business and an invitation to play the NXNE Festival in Toronto this June. —DRP

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