Words: Simon Opie
Record Store Day arrives on Saturday and browsing the special goodies on offer, here are the first 7 picks that caught my eye in alphabetical order. I could so easily have made this list 70 strong, with no room to feature Cult Of Luna, Deftones, Elliott Smith, Inspiral Carpets, Miles Davis, Opeth, Pussy Galore, The Beta Band and many, many others....what a great idea and a super day.
At The Drive-In - 'Relationship Of Command'
Who could resist this double LP vinyl re-release? Takes me back to the day that I discovered that there was a DJ (the XFM-era Mr. Zane Lowe to be precise) who liked the same music that I did and actually played 'One Armed Scissor' on the radio. Great band despite the somewhat cynical recent reformation.
Cave In - 'Until Your Heart Stops'
1999's underrated masterpiece in another double LP format - utterly irresistable and the closing 14 minutes of 'Controlled Mayhem Then Erupts' will sound stupendous in glorious analogue. Trust me.
Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner - 'Space Revelation'
Japanese noise rock featuring easily the world's best power trio in a limited edition coloured vinyl LP issue - you'd be foolish not to.
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - 'Cold Molly'
I've not even heard this but given the participants I can't imagine this 10" vinyl is anything other than a stone cold classic.
Mogwai/Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - 'Special N' (L. Pierre Remix)/'The Copper Top' (Remixed By Plasmatron For Mogwai)
As above for this 7".
Stephen Malkmus - 'Ege Bamyasi'
No idea what this might be but the combination of the genius of Stephen Malkmus and the title of one of the finest krautrock albums of all time is just too good to pass up.
The Heads - 'Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere'
The Heads from Bristol are indeed the best British band never to be recognisably successful of all time. Psych rock experimenters and truly original thinkers. If you're not up for this tricky (cassette) format, please check them out anyway.
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