Your Guide to Record Store Day 2011: Special Releases, Great Escape, Grimey's, The Groove, Third Man & More [Updated]




Here it comes. Can you feel it? We’re but three days away from independent record stores' answer to Valentine’s Day. A day when the sort of consumerism that's being encouraged isn't all vapid gestures and greeting cards, but rather flesh-and-blood humans spending their hard-earned capital on physical copies of recorded music made and sold by other flesh-and-blood humans. Our old friend Internet has made music wonderfully accessible. It has also soundly thumped demand for The Physical Copy. But not amongst the devoted, and certainly not this Saturday. No torrents to unzip or RARs to unbutton here. This Saturday, the independent record store is king. It’s Record Store Day 2011 — just the fourth Record Store Day ever — and it’s taking place April 16 at record shops across the land.

After the jump you’ll find some lists I’ve put together. There’s a list of this year’s most enticing RSD-only releases — I picked the more noteworthy stuff from the master list — which includes reissues, special new releases, outtakes and live recordings from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, 13th Floor Elevators, Television, Built to Spill, The dB's, Grinderman, AC/DC, Michael Jackson, New York Dolls, Queen, Nirvana, The Beach Boys, Raphael Saadiq, The Velvet Underground, The Yardbirds, Vivian Girls, Wild Flag and so much more. I also put together comprehensive round-ups of all the shindigs going down at local shops Grimey’s, The Groove, Third Man and The Great Escape. That includes sales, performances, film screenings and more. Follow me after the jump to see it all.


At both of Great Escape's Nashville-area locations — one at 5400 Charlotte Ave., the other at 111-B Gallatin Ave. N. in Madison — all used music will be 20 percent off. That includes LPs, CDs and cassettes. Both locations will also feature giveaways, marked-down new items, and plenty of the special RSD releases you'll be looking for. No live performances, as neither store has much of a spot for bands to play ever since the Broadway location shuttered. Good times and good tunes abound nonetheless. Both stores open at 9 a.m.


Nashville's flagship indie record shop kicks things off at 10 a.m., with RSD releases racked in the back parking lot. There will be a Save WRVU booth, beer from Yazoo, barbecue from the United Records folks and more, and those scamps Matt & Kim will swing by at 4 p.m. to kick it and sign copies of their "Block After Block" 7-inch. Performances are as follows:

11:30 a.m.: djb (DJ)
noon: April Smith and the Great Picture Show
12:30 p.m.: Bob Irwin (DJ)
1:00 p.m.: The Great Book of John
1:30 p.m.: The Record Wranglers (DJ)
2:00 p.m.: Deadstring Brothers
2:30 p.m.: Pete Wilson from Nashville Jumps (DJ)
3:00 p.m.: Carnivores
3:30 p.m.: Nashville's Dead (DJ)
4:00 p.m.: Hunx and His Punks
4:30 p.m.: Brother Dylan (DJ)
5:00 p.m.: Ben Hall
5:30 p.m.: The Gabe Dixon Band
6:00 p.m.: Heather Lose of Honky-Tonk Jukebox (DJ)
6:30 p.m.: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
7:00 p.m.: D-Funk (DJ)
7:15 p.m.: The Mattoid

There will also be three films screening downstairs in The Basement, showing in conjunction with the Nashville Film Festival. Broke*, a doc about the record industry — and really, what the record industry is turning into — will show at 12:30 p.m. Heavy Metal Picnic — a film from the makers of Heavy Metal Parking Lot that, well, appears to be a lot like Heavy Metal Parking Lot — will screen at 2 p.m., feat. a Q&A with the director. And finally, Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, a doc about the late Memphis punk-rocker, will show at 4:30 p.m. (I got the chance to screen Better Than Something, and I was absolutely impressed. More coverage on that to come.)


For those who still haven't checked out The Groove's relatively new location at 1103 Calvin Ave. — just off Gallatin Ave. and next-door to one of my favorite meat-and-three joints, Tom's Elite — here's a prime opportunity to get to it. Commencing at 10 a.m., the day's festivities will once again be hosted by Cream cohort, Chris Crofton Show host and prolific caffeine-fueled jester Chris Crofton. Aside from official RSD releases, everything in the store will be 15 percent off, with discounted vinyl and CDs outside. There will be performances from the following:

The Coolin’ System
Magic In Threes
Bad Cop
Evan P. Donohue
Faux Ferocious
The Shakes
Nite Nite
Diarrhea Planet
Mom & Dad
Chris Crofton (MC and performance)
The Record Wranglers of Sundazed Records (DJ)
DJ His & Hers of Microfiche Records (DJ)
Nashville’s Dead (DJ)

Reps from United Record Pressing, Tennessee Teens Rock 'n' Roll Camp, GED Soul Records and Save WRVU will be present, doin' what they do, and grub and brews will be provided by Mas Tacos and New Belgium Brewery, respectively. There will also be ticket giveaways and prize packs.


All right. We all know the big news about The Killer. However, tickets to see Jerry Lee Lewis at Third Man — he plays at 5 p.m., as it happens — sold out in a remarkably swift manner. (That doesn't mean some folks won't still try to make it happen.) Lewis' backing band will feature legendary go-to Stax guitarist Steve Cropper, sometime Dylan and Young drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist "Little" Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes, The Dead Weather and more. (Solid gig you landed there, LJ.) UPDATE: Third Man Records moved the festivities outdoors and released an additional 300 tickets. See more details here.

Anyhow, even if you didn't manage to snag tix to TMR's hot-ticket event, the shop and the Third Man Rolling Record Store will be open at 11:30 a.m. They'll be selling — as Steve mentioned — the following four special releases:

* The White Stripes, "Let's Shake Hands" b/w "Look Me Over Closely" reissue (TMR-088)
* The White Stripes, “Lafayette Blues” b/w “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” reissue (TMR-089)
* Karen Elson, "Vicious (Lou Reed Cover)” b/w “In Trouble With the Lord” clear vinyl with encased peach rose pedals (TMR-090)
* Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Present: ROME Starring Jack White and Norah Jones, “Two Against One” b/w “Black” single (TMR-093)

Damn. No big deal or anything. Just peach-colored rose pedals encased inside the record. By the way, if you're still not up on the forthcoming debut of ROME, this trailer ought to shed some light for you. Full-length slated to be released in May.


Below is a list of some of the most enticing Record Store Day-only releases and reissues. You can see the comprehensive list — plus lists of non-exclusive releases and regional/small-run releases — in PDF form or at the RSD site. Each title is followed by the number of copies that will be available (when known).

* 13th Floor Elevators, "Wait for My Love" green 7-inch (1,000)
* AC/DC, “Shoot to Thrill” b/w “War Machine” 7-inch (5,000)
* Bad Brains, “Pay to Cum” 7-inch (1,500) and God of Love LP + 7-inch (2,000)
* Big Star, Third Test Pressing Edition LP (1,000)
* Blitzen Trapper “Maybe Baby” b/w “Soul Singer” 7-inch (1,500)
* Built to Spill, “Ripple” 7-inch picture disc (3,000)
* Kate Bush, Hounds of Love Collector’s Edition 10-inch pink vinyl (1,000)
* Caribou, Swim Remixes 12-inch and download card (1,000)
* Crowded House, North America Travelougue 2010 three-CD set (2,000)
* Cults, “Abducted” b/w “Go Outside (Remix)” 7-inch (1,500)
* Daft Punk, Tron Soundtrack
* The dB’s, “Picture Sleeve” 7-inch (3,000)
* Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu, “Almost Xiu Xiu”/”Almost Deerhoof” 7-inch + MP3 (2,000)
* Brett Dennen, “B Side to the D Side” 7-inch (2,000)
* Duran Duran, “Girl Panic!” 7-inch
* Justin Townes Earl, “Move Over Mama” b/w “Racing in the Streets” 7-inch (1,000)
* Steve Earle, “I’ll Never Get out of This World Alive” 7-inch colored vinyl (2,000)
* John Fahey, Requia (and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo) 12-inch (1,000)
* Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues” b/w “Grown Ocean” 12-inch (3,000)
* Foo Fighters, Medium Rare 120-gram LP
* Gorillaz, The Fall LP (2,000)
* Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead LP (3,000)
* Green Day/Husker Du, “I Don’t Want to Know if You Are Lonely” 7-inch (3,790)
* Grinderman, Evil 12-inch (1,000)
* Grinderman, Palaces of Montezuma 12-inch (1,000)
* Jimi Hendrix “Fire” b/w “Touch You” 7-inch and CD
* International Submarine Band w/Gram Parsons, “Safe at Home” vinyl LP + 7-inch single (1,000)
* Michael Jackson, “Hollywood Tonight” b/w “Behind the Mask” 7-inch (4,000)
* Jenny & Johnny/Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels feat. Emmylou Harris, “Love Hurts” 7-inch (3,450)
* Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock & Roll limited-edition 12-inch vinyl + download card (1,000)
* Freddy King, “Wash Out” 7-inch (1,000)
* Fela Kuti and the Africa 70, "Monday Morning in Lagos Parts 1 & 2" 7-inch (2,000)
* Ray Lamontagne, Live Fall 2010 12" Vinyl
* Lower Dens, "Deer Knives" b/w "Tangiers" 7-inch (1,000)
* Mastodon Live at The Aragon Double LP + DVD (3,000)
* Mastodon/ZZ Top, “Just Got Paid” 7-inch (3,540)
* Matt & Kim, “Block After Block” 7-inch (1,000)
* Midlake/Will Self, “Am I Going Insane” 12-inch
* Mona, "Listen To Your Love" b/w "All This Time" 7-inch
* Mumford & Sons/Laura Marling, Dharohar Project 10-inc (3,500)
* New York Dolls, "Fool for You Baby" b/w "Pills" 7-inch
* Nirvana, Hormoaning 12-inch (4,000)
* of Montreal, The Past is a Grotesque LP + MP3 (1,000)
* OFF! Live at Generation Records 7-inch (2,000)
* Roy Orbison, "Only The Lonely (Mono)” b/w "Oh, Pretty Woman (Live From Holland)" 7-inch
* Ozzy Osbourne, "Flying High Again" b/w "I Don't Know (Live)” 7-inch
* Buck Owens, "Close Up The Honky Tonks" b/w "My Heart Skips a Beat" 7-inch (1,000)
* Pearl Jam, "Immortality" b/w "Rearviewmirror" 7-inch
* Peter Bjorn & John, "Dig A Little Deeper" b/w "What I Could Do If I Wanted" 7-inch (1,500)
* Piebald Vol. I-III Triple Gatefold Three-LP Special Edition (1000)
* Pink Floyd London 66/67 12-inch white vinyl (1,500)
* Queen, "Keep Yourself Alive" b/w "Son And Daughter" 7-inch
* R.E.M., R.E.M. THREE: First Three Singles From Collapse Into Now 7-inch Set (3,250)
* RHCP/Ramones, “Havana Affair” 7-inch (3,585)
* Rush, “Caravan” b/w “BU2B” 7-inch (3,000)
* Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Class Mythology double 7-inch colored vinyl (2,500)
* Raphael Saadiq, "Radio" b/w "Can't Jig Anymore" 7-inch (2,500)
* Sonic Youth, Whore's Moaning 12-inch (4,000)
* Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, "Gotta Get The Feeling" b/w "Racing In The Street" 10- inch (8,000)
* Television, Live at The Old Waldorf double white vinyl (3,000)
* The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations"/"Heroes & Villains" double 10-inch (5,000)
* The Black Angels, Another Nice Pair 12-inch red vinyl + download card (2,500)
* The Black Angels, Phosgene Nightmare 10-inch colored vinyl (5,000)
* The Cars, "Sad Song" 7-inch picture sleeve
* The Civil Wars, "Dance Me to the End Of Love" 7-inch (1,000)
* The Decemberists, Live At Bull Moose (2,500)
* The Doors, "Riders On The Storm" 7-inch (2,500)
* The Flaming Lips, Heady Nuggs: The First 5 [1992-2002] vinyl box Set (5,790)
* The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl), La Carotte Bleue LP (500)
* The Luyas/Twin Sister, "Dead Oceans" split 7-inch (1,500)
* The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar" 7-inch (5,000)
* The Velvet Underground, "Foggy Notion" 7-inch (1,000)
* The Yardbirds, "Goodnight Sweet Josephine" 7-inch (2,000)
* Toadies, “No Deliverance” b/w “Someone Great” 7-inch
* Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers white vinyl LP reissue (2,500)
* Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, You're Gonna Get It! blue vinyl LP reissue (2,500)
* Various Artists, Kill Rock Stars Compilation 12-inch
* Various Artists, Guided By Voices Tribute: Sing For Your Meat CD (5,000)
* Vivian Girls, "I Heard You Say" 7-inch + MP3 (2,000)
* Wild Flag, "Future Crimes" b/w "Glass Tambourine" 7-inch + download card (1,200)

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