RSD 2017: Some thoughts and notable releases

News / Record Store Day 2017 / March 21, 2017

Well, we’ve got the RSD lists! Let’s go through and see what’s worth some discussion.

  • That Air reissue of Le Soleil Est Pres de Moi is something I’ll be looking out for. Early material, hasn’t been issued since 1997. And I’m down for any Air (Virgin Suicides soundtrack, in case you weren’t aware).
  • I really loved the Live In Perth Ben Folds DVD back in the day, so I was definitely happy to see it on the list. This was his first of the orchestra performances, back before he really just made a second touring career out of it. This will sit on my shelf next to the Death Cab live RSD release with the Magik Orchestra.
  • Marcy Playground should be one that sells out really quick. 2,500 copies should be a little short for this 20-year anniversary reissue.
  • Notorious B.I.G.’s Born Again is pretty cheap on the secondary markets, so I hope they’ve remastered it, not just slapped it on colored wax.
  • The Sara and Tegan (aka Tegan and Sara) release of Under Feet Like Ours is another I’ll be going for. First vinyl pressing, kept that original band name, and 5,000 copies means it’ll be real easy to find. That might be about 2,000 too many. I think of that live release from a couple years ago that’s still in clearance bins today.
  • Sunny Day Real Estate’s The Rising Tide goes for around $50 to $80 on the secondary markets, so this was a good time to reissue. It’s not the return 7″ from a couple years ago, but still, any Sunny Day is a good thing on a list like this.
  • Thrice, Spoon, Balance & Composure, Coheed, Grouplove, Gerard Way and The Smiths should appeal to our particular readers. Almost all are reissues + songs that weren’t good enough for records, though. The only exception is the Gerard Way release, songs that were issued on a cassette prior, which people now bid pretty heavily on. The Smiths 7″ is also apparently a prelude to a new Queen Is Dead release.
  • The Toto release is why people hate RSD.
  • The soundtracks this year are pretty tragic, but I’ll probably grab Space Jam (that’s just a fun release people, don’t hate) and the Blade Runner on the picture disc. I’m mostly just a collector of the latter, but the die-cut sleeve should look pretty sharp regardless.
  • The War On Drugs release is their first new music since 2014 and will likely be the one you hunt down YouTube videos of (think that previously referenced Sunny Day 7″). That’s a good grab for RSD.
  • I’m all in on the Prince singles. Give me the Batman ones in particular. I suppose we can count those in the soundtrack haul this year. There’s definitely an error on the “Batdance” one with the “300” quantity; it will be 3,000 like the rest and it’s a first release, so it will be available at retailers afterwards.
  • I’d like to do some research on the Scared To Get Happy 2xLP comp. The self described “Story Of Indie Pop” seems right up my alley.
  • On the U.K. side, they’ve got another entry in Omerta Inc.’s hip-hop reissues, this time giving the reissue treatment to T.I.’s I’m Serious. This is limited to 500 copies on red/white vinyl and remastered specifically for the format.
  • The Blacula soundtrack is coming through Music On Vinyl, with 1,500 copies on red 180-gram wax. It also includes a spot-varnish jacket. I think soundtrack fans will be hunting down this one.
  • And the U.K. also gets this.

There’s no true headliners, but plenty to make record store trips for. And we’re all partaking in the #MVPledge anyways. Even if nothing on the list interests you, go out. Buy something you’ve been holding off on. Go out when the lines die down. This day is about supporting stores, no matter what.

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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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