Record Store Day is a holiday for music lovers.
If it weren't always on a Saturday, I think we music junkies should get the day off of work.
This Saturday, the event returns to local independent record stores for the sixth time with more than 300 exclusive, vinyl releases.
I combed through the entire list of titles being released only at record stores (11 pages printed) and found the coolest, best, most interesting items. Find a full list here.
Here they are, the best Record Store Day has to offer. Once again, I selfishly ask that you don't snatch up all the good stuff before I get there.
Cake: The rock band will release a 7-inch single of “Sheep Go To Heaven” and “Jesus Wrote a Blank Check.”
David Bowie: Bowie will release a couple of items on Saturday, but the coolest will be “Drive-In Saturday Night” on a 7-inch vinyl picture disc. I think it will fit in well with my other Bowie picture discs from Record Store Day.
Flaming Lips: “Zaireeka,” the band's four-disc set in which every disc is made to be played simultaneously, makes an appearance on vinyl as a four-LP box set.
Free Energy: The ridiculously catchy band will put out a 7-inch single that includes two songs, “Girls Want Rock” and “Wild Life.”
The Hold Steady: One of my favorite rock bands, The Hold Steady is putting out a 7-inch single of the song “Criminal Fingers.” But even better is the B-side, which is the band's version of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” from “Game of Thrones.”
Manchester Orchestra, Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit: Manchester Orchestra teams up with Grouplove for the song “Make It to Me” and then with Frightened Rabbit for “Architect” on this 7-inch single.
MGMT: Most of Record Store Day's releases are on vinyl, but this one is a cassette single of the song “Alien Days.” For those of you who don't have a cassette player, it also has a digital download.
Phoenix: The French pop band's latest, “Entertainment,” is released on a 7-inch, grey vinyl single.
Side by Side: Several 7-inch singles are being released where two bands (one classic and one new) do the same song. Dio and Killswitch Engage do Dio's “Holy Diver,” Misfits and The Lemonheads do Misfits' “Skulls,” and The Black Keys and The Stooges do The Stooges' “No Fun.” And there's a “mystery” release.
Saddle Creek Records: Our local label has four releases. Chief among them is a split 7-inch called “Cowboy Nights,” on which Black Lips cover Willie Nelson's “Mothers Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and Icky Blossoms covers Siouxsie and the Banshees' “Arabian Nights.” Saddle Creek will also release a single by O+S, one by PUJOL and another of demos by The Thermals from the band's upcoming album, “Desperate Ground.”
Sub Pop 1000: Known for its past compilations such as the Sub Pop 100 and Sub Pop 200, Sub Pop Records will release a new compilation on a 12-inch LP featuring up-and-coming artists.
Superchunk: The band's label, Merge Records, will release this 7-inch single of “Void” and “Faith.”
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Al Hatfield has once again organized Big Al's Music Festival.
The fest features free shows Wednesday through April 27 at The Hideout, 320 S. 72nd St.
The event features about 30 performers, including a finale by the Big Al Band.