For the music nerd — a category that certainly includes yours truly — Record Store Day is a national holiday. The yearly celebration of record stores, music culture, vinyl, tapes and physical mediums is a high holy day of nerd-dom, and this year is set for this Saturday, April 16, with all stores opening bright and early at 8 a.m.. The fact that it was started here in Maine, by our own Bull Moose Music, and now is celebrated in thousands of record stores all over the world, is just icing on the cake.
Here in RSD’s homeland, all Bull Moose locations (Bangor, Waterville, Lewiston, Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Windham, Sanford and Brunswick) will offer the requisite deals and steals and specials. There’s plenty of other independent Maine music stores participating, including Record Connection in Waterville, Manny’s in Camden, Niche Inc in Gardiner, Everyday Music in Farmington, Newbury Comics in Portland and Music Plus in Biddeford.
There are also four performances set for four Maine stores, including:
- Graham Nash, legendary guitarist and songwriter known for his solo work and for being a part of Crosby, Still and Nash (and sometimes Young). Graham Nash will sign copies of his new album, “The Path Tonight,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Scarborough Bull Moose.
- Armies, the Portland musical duo comprised of Dave Gutter and Anna Lombard, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Portland Old Port Bull Moose.
- Chris Ross, Ellsworth songwriter who plays with his band The North, will play a solo set at 4 p.m. at Bull Moose in Bangor.
- There’s also a Record Store Day pre-party set for 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 15 at the Asylum in Portland; Mark Curdo from WCYY will spin records, including some early RSD special releases.
But what’s on sale? You ask. What are the special things I, a music fan with a particular interest in BLANK and BLANK, will be most excited about? Well, I can’t speak for you, as you are you and I am me, but I know what I’ll be scouting around for when I’m doing my RSD shopping on Saturday. They include:
- Side by Side releases from Rhino Records. This is a several-years-running tradition with RSD, where two polar opposite bands split a 7 inch single, with the original song on one side and a cover on the other. This year’s Side by Sides include: the Bee Gees and Faith No More playing “I Started A Joke,” Willie Nelson and Uncle Tupelo playing “Truck Drivin’ Man,” Warren Zevon and the Flamin’ Groovies doing “Werewolves of London,” the Talking Heads and Echosmith doing “This Must Be The Place” and one special mystery side by side.
- David Bowie releases including picture disc singles of “The Man Who Sold The World” and “TVC-15,” a re-release of The Pye Singles, very early, pre-“Space Oddity” David Bowie songs. Made even more special this year than usual.
- The Belairs, “Volcanic Action.” Limited to 1,000 copies, this is a very special vinyl re-release of a compilation of music from the earliest surf band known — 14 guitar-sax masterpieces.
- “The James Brown Revue: Get Down at the Apollo with the J.B.’s,” because any live James Brown is good James Brown. I mean, my God. The man was a ninja. And this particular two-LP release is limited to 2,400 copies, and this recording has never been released on vinyl. Get on up!
- A 12-inch picture disc of “The Sound of Silence” cover by Disturbed. Look, I’m not going to pretend I’m a fan of Disturbed. But judging by the number of times this version of this song got shared on my Facebook, a lot of people are. So, here’s your chance to own it on vinyl.
- The Deftones, B-sides and rarities. First time pressed on vinyl. 3,500 copies. Get it.
- Mac DeMarco, “Another Demo One.” I love Mac DeMarco’s lazy-yet-clever style, and this particular release of demos and rarities is limited to just 1,000 copies.
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Kiss My Amps II.” The first Kiss My Amps came out last RSD, so this year, enjoy more live recordings including deep tracks, hits and handpicked covers of The Byrds, Little Feat, The Monkees & The Traveling Wilburys. Pressed on 180g vinyl.
- “Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets.” This is the one I’ll be waiting in line for. I’m slowly filling out my vinyl collection of releases in the Nuggets series, and why not get one on purple marble vinyl? Yum.
There are so many more releases than just these ones here, however. A full list of every can be found online at the Record Store Day website. Saturday will be a good day. Indeed it will.