Record Store Day Special 2014: 5 Most Interesting Releases

The medium of vinyl has warranted some pretty crazy and interesting releases. There's Wu-Tang releasing only ONE copy of their new secret album, mind-blowing collaborations (Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke - Ego/Mirror and more), sports and games on vinyl (see below), various picture discs, rare box sets - the possibilities are endless. And with Record Store Day looming, of course there will be some pretty fascinating releases available this year - just check your local record store for stock! 

Record Store Day | 19 April 2014

Drop by Vinylicious Records this Saturday and treat yourselves to some records! With a hearty list of RSD exclusives, there's a little something for everyone - from the 8-bit bleep bloops of Anamanaguchi's Scott Pilgrim vs The World videogame soundtrack to Opeth's mighty prog-death metal masterpiece Watershed

Then drop by LOOF in the evening for an all-vinyl dance party with DJs Darren Dubwise, Koflow, Shellsuit and more in Wax On Wax Off! Also featuring a live performance by These Brittle Bones and Fred Perry + Ziggy's Pop-Up Music Shop, where you can continue shopping for records and other sweet merch. 

Various Artists | The Space Project

This compilation features artists incorporating space sounds in original tracks. Who is on in this project? Spiritualized, Beach House, Youth Lagoon, Porcelain Raft, The Antlers, Jesu and more. There are seven pairs of songs about different celestial bodies - Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Earth… and so on. The space sounds aren't sounds in the conventional sense, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons, and large asteroids travelling near. Mathematical. 

LCD Soundsystem | The Long Goodbye

When LCD Soundsystem said their goodbyes at their 2011 farewell show at Madison Square Garden, there was a whole documentary about everything leading up to that show. For RSD this year, they'll be releasing audio from the ENTIRE concert on vinyl. The Long Goodbye box set will be nearly four hours long and was produced by frontman James Murphy himself. There's some awesome bits as well like when Arcade Fire joined in on a song. 

Flaming Lips | 7 Skies H3

Some history, '7 Skies H3' is a 24 hour long song from the 24 Hour Song Skull EP. Yeah, you can listen to it online… for 24 hours on an endless loop. But if you want to own in real life, then you're in for a treat. Only 13 copies was released in 2011, on flash drives, encased in fancy-fied human skulls - the packaging actually looks really nice. The damage for each skull? $5000. This year, an 80 minute edit of the song will be released on vinyl, just in time for RSD. We promise it's 100% human parts free. 

RPM Turntable Football 

Even after watching the video, I am still a little befuddled. RPM Decagonaphonic 10 Groove technology, what? Still, it seems like a unique collectible. 

Jack White | Lazaretto 7"

Jack White is calling it the "world's fastest released record in the history of mankind" only to pique our interest even more. How it works: White will take the stage at 10am at his own Third Man Records in Nashville where he will cut the song and send it directly to acetate. United Record Pressing will step in to begin making the 7" vinyl with the master, and the sleeve which will feature photos taken during the performance. The 7" records will then go back to the store where they will be pressed and sold. White will also be breaking a Guiness World Record for the Fastest Album Release. Nice work.

Curated by: Daniel Peters