Record Store Day 2015: Caroline Roe’s Picks

The best holiday on the calendar is tomorrow, which means people all across the country, including myself, are overwhelmed with the gargantuan list of exclusive releases. To ease some of that anxiety, I’ve condensed the list into the five I’m excited about the most.

Gram Parsons/Lemonheads

Brass Buttons 7”

A few years ago the label Rhino started a series called Side By Side in which two bands cover the same song, and Gram Parsons and the Lemonheads are the latest addition to this series. Parsons, of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, originally recorded Brass Buttons in 1974, and it’s a classic example of how he meshed country and rock into a virtually indistinguishable genre. The Lemonheads, on the other hand, were a vicious punk band in the late 80s before morphing into a rock/singer-songwriter group in the early 90s. It’s a Shame About Ray is definitely in my top five albums of the 90s, no doubt. It’ll be interesting to hear the Lemonheads’ take on Brass Buttons—will it lean towards their punk roots or sample more from their alternative 90s sound?

The Saints

Eternally Yours LP

One of the best and most underrated punk bands of the 70s is the Saints, and their second album, Eternally Yours, is getting its definitive reissue for RSD 2015. Although this record is still sporadically repressed, it is being exclusively released just for Record Store Day on translucent green vinyl that’s cut from the original masters. You can’t always find this record, so make sure to grab a snazzy green copy at Mills Record Company on Saturday!

Sly and the Family Stone

Live at the Fillmore East

Back in October 1968, Sly and the Family Stone played four shows at New York’s Fillmore East, and the previously unreleased recordings of those shows are finally getting the attention they deserve—all on exclusive red and green vinyl as part of a 2LP set. Sly and Co. are incredible performers with contagiously danceable music, and their Best Of album is a regular on my turntable. This is definite must-have for those who love funk and dancing and just generally great music.

Those Darlins/Diarrhea Planet

Live at Pickathon Split

I had the priviledge of seeing both Diarrhea Planet and Those Darlins last summer at the RecordBar, and I still haven’t fully gotten over it. While Those Darlins are great musicians who have a real knack for crafting some great melodies, Diarrhea Planet stole the show. With a name like that, how couldn’t they? Their brand of heavy-dude-dope-rock (yeah, I did just make that up), four guitarists, and hilarious stage presence instantly made them one of my favorite bands to see live. It’ll be interesting to see how that presence translates onto this exclusive live record, but I know both bands will deliver something fun to listen to.

Twin Peaks

In the Morning (In the Evening)

Twin Peak’s Wild Onion was one of my favorite albums of 2014; a perfect mix of feisty punk and catchy melodies, but still managing to sound mature and polished. This exclusive 7” features two new songs from the band, which hopefully means there’s a new album from them on the way; if not, this will just have to tide us over. I have a feeling this band has big things in its future, so get on the Twin Peaks bandwagon now while you can!

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