It's that time of year again, that special time when record store clerks brace themselves for a stampede of vinyl fetishists in search of picture discs, split singles, and other Record Store Day exclusives that, by day's end, will have been posted on eBay for five times their original price.
This Saturday's "big guns," according to folks at the Independent Records & Video Annex, will be led by Foo Fighters' Songs From the Laundry Room — a 10-inch of unreleased tracks including a possibly ironic cover of Kim Wilde's '80s "Kids in America" hit.
Other guaranteed bestsellers include what RSD organizers describe as a "bootleg-style" Mumford & Sons single, which will be the first physical release from their forthcoming album. Also look for a two-album reissue of the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan album, complete with lenticular cover, and a 25th anniversary translucent blue vinyl reissue of Social Distortion's self-titled debut.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, by the way, is this year's "Record Store Day Ambassador," a position held in years past by Eagles of Death Metal vocalist Jesse Hughes, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Jack White. In a press statement, Grohl describes how record stores changed his life and how happy he is that his kids are going down the same path. "Nothing makes me prouder," he says, "than watching my daughters spin that first Roky Erickson LP."
If you're tastes run toward the more esoteric, other Annex offerings will include a badge-shaped J Dilla "Fuck the Police" picture disc, a 10-inch "Terraplane Blues" split single with versions by Robert Johnson and Steve Earle, and a straight-from-the-masters pressing of Chet Atkins' previously unreleased 1958 My Brother Sings album. You'll also find demos for Denver band Publicist UK's forthcoming debut album, and a 10-inch "disco plate" of experimental dub from the On-U Sound label.
The Annex's tradition of live Record Store Day performances also continues this year, with a full day of live music, beginning at 11 a.m., featuring Redraw the Farm, Zahar, D.J. Prominent, No Stone Unturned, Roma Ransom, Briffaut, Mojo Dose, Mobdividual, Robbie D., The Justus League, Iggy Igloo, and Angraaay Black Man.
Over at the Leechpit, meanwhile, Saturday's celebration will feature deejaying by local music notables, including Petey Sisson and James Ivy from Shiii Whaaa?, Jeremy Grobsmith from the Black Sheep, 99 Bottles' Sebastian Nutter, Chris Huffine, Erik Jablonski, Grant Sabin and The ReMINDers' Aja and Samir.
As at the Annex, Leechpit proprietor Adam Leech is promising hundreds of RSD releases. "Of course, we will have the big stuff — White Stripes, Replacements, Tegan & Sara, Phish, Slayer." As for personal preferences, he's most excited about the Kinks and Hawkwind releases. "I must finally be an old dude," he jokingly laments.
Also this Saturday, upstart community radio station KCMJ will hold an all-day open house at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, beginning at 9 a.m. There'll be training workshops and roundtable discussions, as well as live music and poetry from 5 to 6 p.m.
Public affairs program director Dave Gardner also tells us the station has just received its 501(c)3 determination from the IRS, which puts it a step further along its path to becoming a broadcast station. If all goes as planned, you'll be able to listen to the station at 93.9 on your FM radio dial by mid-summer.
And finally, fans of hip-hop and marijuana may want to take Monday off and head up to Denver for the 420 in the Streets festival, featuring a laundry list of pot-worshipping acts that includes Method Man and Redman, Cypress Hill, and Dizzy Wright. The Springs' own ReMINDers will also be performing.
The full-day event will take place on Welton Street outside Cervantes, and tickets are available at cervantesmasterpiece.com. You can also find information on closer-to-home 420 celebrations in this week's CannaBiz column on p. 53.