Once again it's April and time to get ready for Record Store Day! The idea of a special holiday was hatched by a Bull Moose Records employee over 12-years ago and was intended to get people excited about the idea of visiting their local independent record shop. You really don't have to convince me to do that. Any rainy weekend afternoon is more than good enough reason to spend a few hours flipping through the stacks of vinyl, looking for gems.
Record Store Day 2019 happens worldwide this Saturday April 13th. Last year I visited my old haunt from my high school and college days, Spinnaker Records in Hyannis, MA. This year I'll be checking-out a newer place much closer to home: Residency Records in Salem, MA. Each year there are a number of special releases from artists that are available for the first time at Record Store Day. My big purchase last year was a double-LP picture-disc vinyl reissue of The Cure's 1990 "Mixed Up" album.
One of the more interesting items on my list for this Saturday is a vinyl re-issue of "Some Friendly" the 1990 debut LP from The Charlatans. This British band was part of the "Madchester" (or the "Baggy music") scene in England with other acts like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Inspiral Carpets. All four of those bands were staples on my college radio morning show on 90.7 FM WKKL back in the early 90's. The Madchester-sound was a fusion of alternative rock, acid house, and psychedelia and The Charltans certainly fit the bill. The vinyl reissue of "Some Friendly" via Beggars Banquet is limited to 1000-copies. To celebrate I'm adding a tune off the record to the Mixed-Up Memories playlist. "The Only One I Know" is the big college radio hit, but I'm going with a track that really highlights the psychedelic element of The Charlatans. It's called "Opportunity."
Another fun item among this year's RSD releases is a re-issue of The B-52s 1982 EP, "Mesopotamia." Produced by David Byrne, this was supposed to the band's third full-length album, but pressure from the record-label and conflicts with Byrne's schedule resulted in only six out of 10 planned tracks being recorded. When CD's began to supplant vinyl records in the 1990's, "Mesopotamia" and the band's 1981 "Party Mix" EP were packaged together into one compact disc here in the United States. They're still presented that way today on Spotify. The Record Store Day reissue is a standalone copy of the original "Mesopotamia" EP on light blue 12-inch vinyl. 3000-copies will be available worldwide on the Rhino label. Let's give the title-track a spin on the Mixed-Up Memories playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen
RELEASE DATE: 4/13/2019
LABEL: Beggars Banquet
RELEASE DATE: 4/13/2019