Record Store Day full of reunited bands, special editions

Record Store Day full of reunited bands, special editions

RECORD STORE DAY: The annual holiday is marked on the third Saturday in April. Photo: Saga Communications/Image courtesy of Record Store Day

Started in 2008, Record Store Day celebrates thousands of independent and “mom and pop” music stores across American and around the world. According to the website, Record Store Day recognizes “real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths.” It is celebrated on the third Saturday of April and is often marked by limited-edition releases, artist appearances and performances, and more. Below are some of the highlights planned for the 2014 Record Store Day.

Jack White is aiming to rock his way into the history books on Record Store Day with the world’s fastest-released vinyl.

The former White Stripes star is planning to record the track “Lazaretto” during a gig at his Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee on the morning of April 19.

The masters will be taken to a local record plant and a limited edition single, featuring photos of the recording session as cover art, will be printed.

The records will then be rushed back to Third Man Records, where fans will be able to pick up a copy, literally hot off the presses. White will order more singles to be printed if there is fan demand.

The rocker’s new solo album, also called “Lazaretto,” will be released on June 9.

Filmmaker-turned-hitmaker David Lynch has invited Moby and Bastille to remix two of his “Crazy Clown Time” songs for a new Record Store Day release.

The “Twin Peaks” director is planning to release a remix EP for the annual celebration of independent music stores in April, and he has asked four of his favorite acts to revamp songs from his 2013 album “The Big Dream.” The EP will be available in 12-inch, red vinyl, and will also feature reworked tracks by Hot Since 82 and Bjorn & John.

After splitting up in 2011, R.E.M. is making an unofficial comeback with a special Record Store Day vinyl release of acoustic material.

“Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions” is a four-album collection of all the band’s MTV Unplugged recordings, and features fan favorites that didn’t actually air on television – and were never released. Tracks include the hits “Radio Song,” “Losing My Religion,” “Pop Song 89,” “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and “The One I Love” and a cover of The Troggs’ “Love is All Around.”

The split group’s bassist Mike Mills will be signing copies of the new album at the Bull Moose store in Scarborough, Maine On Record Store Day.

“R.E.M.’s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions” will be released on CD in May.

The original line-up of rock band Veruca Salt is reuniting for the first time in 14 years and releasing a new album on Record Store Day.

Alt rockers Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro have hit the studio together for the first time since 1998, when Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career. While other musicians have been added to the line-up during the band’s long tenure, the new album will be the first record in 14 years with the original members.

The special vinyl record features their hit “Seether,” along with two new songs titled “The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy.”

Poet and jazz legend Gil Scott-Heron is set to return to the charts from beyond the grave with his first posthumous album.

Plans for the release of Nothing New was announced earlier this month on what would have been the icon’s 65th birthday.

The project will include stripped-down versions of some of his greatest tracks, including “Did You Hear What They Said,” “Pieces Of A Man,” “Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)” and “The Other Side,” which Scott-Heron recorded during studio sessions for his last album, “I’m New Here,” in 2008.

“Nothing New” will be released on limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day. Scott-Heron died in 2011.

To find a participating record store near you, or for more information, visit the Record Store Day website.

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