International Record Store Day is this Saturday the 16th. If you’ve never heard of it before, the point of RSD is to remember the local record slingers who have been supplying you with plastic culture for most of your life and to inject some much-needed cash into local shops: Â a worthy cause if ever there was one! Â And, even though the Mayor has endorsed it as an ‘offical NYC event’, it’s still not lame.
To lure you in, participating stores stock small numbers of limited edition releases. Â At lot of these are frankly unexciting mainstream garbage. Â But IÂ thought I’d point out some New York-related bands that are putting out “exclusive” releases for the occasion.
Pop. 1280 is a Brooklyn punk band whose shows we’ve listed at times in the past. Â They’ve got a track on a special RSD release by Sacred Bones (the NY label) called ‘Todo Muere’. Â We can’t vouch for the rest of the bands.
We don’t cover a lot of hardcore bands (there are simply too many of them!) but OFF! is a ‘super groop’ of sorts consisting of former members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross and Rocket from the Crypt. Â For RSD, they’re releasing an exclusive 7″ on Vice with four tracks taken from a live performance at Generation Records right here in the city.
And, on the quite possibly laughable front, Warner Brothers is putting out a special RSD release featuring the RedHotChiliPeppers covering the Ramones‘ Havana Affair. Â Well, kudos for obscure song choice I guess.
The only RSD in-store performance we’ve heard of (of interest to you anyway) is the classy soul rockers Jay Vons plus DJs Tom Scharpling (WFMU) and Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks) atÂ Generation Records.
Here’s a very short list of some participating NYC stores. Â Full list here.
Did we miss something? Let me know and I’ll update…academy records, generation records, Pop.1280, record store day