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GutterBubbles Guide to Record Store Day 2014

This Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day! It’s a time for music lovers to gather at their favorite independent record store and share in the love of buying albums. Every year, bands offer up some incredible exclusive releases, available only for RSD. This year there are over 400 exclusive releases, making this record store day the biggest one yet. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the releases that you shouldn’t miss out on as well as a few that you should most certainly skip. Wanna see more? Check out the full list of releases in stores this weekend!

Don’t miss out on…

 

Death Cab For Cutie feat. Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012:

The gem of Record Store Day is the Death Cab for Cutie LP that documents their tour with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Unfortunately, I was unable to see DCFC when this tour stopped through Denver two years ago, but from all accounts it was epic. Having seen them live multiple times, it doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’ll be hunting down this vinyl come Saturday morning as my first priority! -Todd Blakeman

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The Field – From Here We Go Sublime:

Back in 2007, The Field released From Here We Go Sublime. The album clocked in at #8 on my top ten list that year and has still aged very well, especially coming from the techno-trance-ish style. Picking up this sucker on RSD will certainly make for a successful day. -TB

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Gojira: The Way of All Flesh:

I’ve always thought that The Way of All Flesh is a criminally underrated album, not only for its sheer brutality, but for the top notch songwriting as well. Although this album isn’t as difficult to locate as some of the other selections on this list, it’s still nice that it’s seeing a reissue for RSD. This version comes as a 2×12″ set, with the wax colored half blue, half white. If nothing else, it’ll be gorgeous to look at as it pummels your eardrums with only the best progressive thrash that France has to offer! -Ryan Brun

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Nirvana: Pennyroyal Tea 7″:

Obtaining the “Pennyroyal Tea” single has always been a goal of mine, but it’s always eluded me. It’s been the fucking white whale of my music collection for nearly 20 years now. Why you might ask? Well, back in ’94, this was supposed to be the third single released from the In Utero album. It was all pressed up and ready to go, but just a few short days after it’s release, Kurt died. Probably wouldn’t have been a big deal, but the b-side for the single is a song called “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die” so yeah, I guess I get that. Geffen pulled most of the copies in existence and destroyed them, for the exception of a handful. They routinely sell for $500.00+ so getting the reissue, while not the real thing, is a pretty great alternative to selling my butt to pay for a single. -RB

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Spoon – Loveways:

Another Austin group is featured on my RSD must-have list. Ever since Spoon’s Girls Can Tell album from 2001, I’ve been hooked. In fact, they are a top band that I haven’t seen live yet which is something that must change with their next tour. What better way to celebrate the top-notch discs they’ve released since their Merge Records full length debut than snagging their Merge Records EP debut? -TB

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Type O Negative: Slow, Deep and Hard:

Type O Negative’s debut album Slow, Deep and Hard laid the groundwork for everything that was to come from the band. That being said, this is far from their best album. So what’s all the damn fuss about then? Well, over all the years that the band was active, they rarely managed to press their music to vinyl. Back in 2011, Roadrunner released a box set of all of their studio albums that (like Nirvana) now sells for over 500 bucks at least. So really, the big deal about Slow, Deep and Hard is the fact that it’s just one less record to buy to complete your collection. If you’re a fan, you may just want to pick this one up, unless you’ve got some ridiculous coin just laying around, in which case, let’s hang out sometime. -RB

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V/A – Breaking Glass: Garage Rock from Toledo, OH:

Growing up in Toledo Ohio, I can say that the music scene there is thriving, despite being overshadowed by neighboring Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago. I’d love to hear the artists on this garage rock vinyl from the Glass City, paying homage to where my old band got started and where I went to my first concert. -TB

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White Denim – A Place to Start (Lidell Remix):

When I bought tickets for a White Denim show at the Bluebird last year, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the Austin rockers. They most certainly blew me away with an energetic and rockin performance. But how will “A Place to Start” hold up as a remix by Jamie Lidell? My interest is piqued…-TB

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Avoid at all costs…

 

Fun. – Point and Light:

When I first saw The Format live in Lansing Michigan, I could tell they had a gift with songwriting. Since then, The Format split and Fun. was created and the elements that made The Format spectacular have since been diluted with a subpar sound, obnoxiously out of sync music videos and far too much radio play. And the kicker…their name is insufferable, especially the period at the end. I’ll pass on this one. -TB

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MGMT – Congratulations:

Talk about the most confounding band of the past several years. Their debut album was so damn good, full of great indie pop songs that never really got tiring despite complete over saturation. Logical next step for the band? Record a follow up album that bears no resemblance to the sound that made them memorable in the first place. Now I’m all about artists experimenting and growing with their sound, but this album was just flat out bad and frankly has no business being repressed. -RB

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One Direction – Midnight Memories:

Not sure even where to go with this one. I mean, is there going to be a group of screaming teenage girls waiting in line at RSD for the One Direction exclusive? I’d be both impressed and annoyed. Far more annoyed than anything. So what will these crazed fans get with Midnight Memories? Two songs, only one of which is not available anywhere else…but it does come with “never before seen band images on both sides.” Yipee! – TB

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Anything on a cassette tape:

There are a small number of releases this year coming out on cassette tape, but the real question is why? The sound is inferior, they are damn near impossible to play anymore and face it, it’s really annoying to rewind the damn thing. Give me one reason why a cassette would be better than any other format out there (CD, Vinyl, MP3). See…you can’t do it! Putting music on a cassette tape in the year 2014 is a ridiculous notion and should be dismissed as such but as long as there are hipsters out there, we will have to suffer through stupid bullshit like this.  -RB

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I am absolutely and unabashedly in love with music. If I could eat a huge bowl of songs for breakfast every morning, I totally would. I'm obsessive about categorization (don't mess with my chronological or alphabetical) and can't stand an unorganized iTunes library. Outside of music and writing, I love baseball (go Rockies), coffee, corgi's and going on fun trips with my girlfriend!

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