With Record Store Day, or “Waiting in Line for Limited Vinyl Day” as I like to call it, right around the corner, this week’s B List features my Top Five picks for RSD 2012. Now in its fifth year, the impressive list of limited edition, largely vinyl releases continues to grow. Get to your local independent record store early Saturday if you want to have a chance at getting the wax you really want. At this point, I’m hoping to get even one of the entries on my list.
I tend to flock toward LPs rather than 45s and releases that are particularly exclusive to RSD. Reissues and compilations are cool, but I get most excited for new music and first time on vinyl product over stuff you might find elsewhere.
1. Phish – Junta (5,000 copies)
Phish stepped it up big time this year with the remarkable Junta 3-LP set. Their first proper studio album getting its first proper vinyl release, it’s one of the most extensive releases of any for RSD this year. Let’s hope these end up in the hands of fans before making it to Ebay.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit EP (1000 copies)
The Gil-Scott Heron cover and title track was a highlight of the Detroit duo’s stellar album It’s A Coporate World. The 12” EP features three new tracks as well as three remixes.
3. Grateful Dead – Dark Star: Europe ’72 Olympia Theatre – Paris, France (4,200 copies)
I don’t always love buying singles, but I do love early ’70s Dark Stars. If the Europe 72 Volume II from Black Friday Record Store Day is any indication, this nearly 30 minute 12” vinyl “single” will sound great and the artwork will be top notch.
4. Preteen Zenith – Preteen Zenith (2,000 copies)
Whether or not this was a 12” limited edition swirl colored 180 gram vinyl LP release I’d be excited for the first new music from Tim DeLaughter. I love the Polyphonic Spree and anxious to see what new direction DeLaughter is headed with this debut effort.
5. The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (10,000 copies)
Frontman Wayne Coyne has been previewing and documenting on Twitter the idiosyncratic and at times bizarre process that went into the making of this typically crazy Lips release. A slew of guests ranging from Bon Iver to Erykah Badu to Ke$ha to Chris Martin, this not-all-that-limited set is nonetheless a must hear.
What RSD releases are you looking to snatch up come Saturday?