Record Store Day is Upon Us

No Comments 19 April 2012

Record Store Day is Upon Us

What started as a little cry for help among a union of independent record retailers a decade ago has become in 2012 a roar: Record Store Day is upon us, and when it takes place April 21, an avalanche of limited-edition vinyl will arrive from many of the best labels and artists in the world.

Scouring the list is overwhelming, as each new item offers both desire and a pang of acceptance that acquiring it is going to take work, strategy and timing. Last year, the line outside Amoeba Music Hollywood stretched down the block, and similar traffic jams were reported both at Origami and Vacation Vinyl on Sunset. For a quick glimpse at some of the cooler offerings, see below.

The Civil Wars, “Billie Jean” 7”. The hot folk duo covers Michael Jackson’s classic. Limited edition of 1,000.

Carolina Chocolate Drops/Run DMC, “You Be Illin’ ” 7”. Old-time geniuses cover old-time rappers, with the original on the B-side. Edition of 3,000.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwendz, double LP. Limited to 10,000 copies, this new Lips record features the Oklahoma psychedelic rock band collaborating with, among others, Kesha, Nick Cave, Chris Martin and Erykah Badu.

Jimmy Fallon, “Tebowie” 7”. The talk show host’s classic impersonation of both David Bowie and Tim Tebow, as seen on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” is pressed on vinyl to make it feel even more legit. Limited to 3,000 copies.

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