It’s the third Saturday in April, which means Record Store Day is here once again and it’s time for our annual unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) celebration of the big day! Whether you don’t have a participating store in your area or just want extra goodies after you get back from the local record store, we have a great selection of stuff for you. But please try to buy something at your local store because buying physical media is more important than you might think. Let’s start with some suggested vinyl purchases:
The Mission Creeps
Zombina and the Skeletones
Taken By Savages
Dead Beat Records
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: Taken By Savages was formed by some of the people behind the cult movie review website BLEEDING SKULL! You wouldn’t know this from the name alone, but the vinyl offering from Lucas Giorgini is a soundtrack to a fictional horror movie and the special edition includes bonus items like faux lobby cards and 3D glasses. If you’re an 80’s horror fan with a turntable, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of Giorgini’s A Murder Collection. But if you don’t have one, CD and digital download versions of the album are also available. With Best Buy reportedly ditching CDs this July and Target changing the terms they have with labels over how they buy compact discs, it seems possible that compact discs will soon become obsolete. Which also means CDs will probably make a nostalgia-fueled comeback at some point in the future.
While many of the above albums are listed with a price given in non-US currency, you can simply click on “Buy Now” to get the option to pay in your currency of choice. Supplies are limited for many of these, so act fast and buy now! Speaking of buying, you have the ability to “Name Your Price” with the following selection of songs:
Intrepid Mutants are offering the tracks “Sleep Paralysis” and “Mutant Rats” under this model. The Dragstrip Devils have a similar offer for “Motor Mouth” and “Shakin’” (which is a special demo version).
Ponyboy Oneman Trio, Tiki Twins, and H. Zombie were kind enough to make all of their albums available this way. I’d say the same about The Haints and the dark folk duo ramshackle and scarecrow, but they only have a single release each so far! Since the following bands make their work available in a mix of ways, let’s skip directly to some choice selections from The Doubleclicks, Fletch Cadillac, and Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!
But let’s not forget the free downloads. The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies have made their complete discography available for free on Bandcamp and the Internet Archive has a complete album from Asimov Cocktail. The Spoils and Caleb Hines both have a free album while Krackatoa has too many freebies to name. So let’s start things off with “Something in the Woods.” The Exotic Ones, Mad Mad Chika & Los Abducidos, and Jonah Knight all have select tracks available for free download on ReverbNation. Finally, Brett W McCoy recently organized his SoundCloud page by musical genre and most of the tracks can be downloaded!
Oh, and one other thing: Some of the links in this post also contain hidden surprises! A link to a vinyl release might also include a cassette edition of the album or a free music download. You might even find other vinyl LPs from a band if you look around a link to a different vinyl release, or perhaps you’ll find one while looking through digital downloads. This is also true for many older Record Store Day posts on this site, so be sure to check out the previous editions while you’re at it.
Happy Record Store Day!
As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…