Published Oct 29, 2010As of today (October 29), we have 169 more days until the next Record Store Day (April 16, 2011). Luckily, independent record store enthusiasts won't have to wait that long to get their fix of exclusive new releases. In the U.S., November 26 is Black Friday (the Friday following American Thanksgiving), and the folks behind Record Store Day have lined up a slew of new releases for participating indie stores.
Also on board is the Music Monitor Network, which has launched Metal Club, a coalition of metal-loving record stores across the U.S. and Canada.
Both Record Store Day and Metal Club are releasing a slew of goodies on November 26. We've compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the highlights below.
– Metallica will be releasing Live at Grimey's on CD and double ten-inch. Okay, so it's not an early classic (it's from 2008), but it was recorded in a basement club under Grimey's record store in Nashville, which is pretty awesome.
– Slayer will be putting out a "World Painted Blood" seven-inch, fittingly, on clear red vinyl. It will have an unreleased track, "Atrocity Vendor," on the B-side.
– The Damned Things (featuring members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die) are unveiling their debut single, "We've Got a Situation," backed by "Ironiclast," on seven-inch and CD.
– Pantera will be putting out the self-explanatory Cowboys from Hell: The Demos on 180-gram vinyl.
– Anthrax fans can pick up ten-inch picture disc Live at the Sonisphere.
–Job for a Cowboy are putting out their latest album, Ruination, as part of a ten-inch box set. It's got the album split across two coloured records, plus an additional ten-inch with live tracks and an Exhumed cover.
Record Store Day:
– The world's biggest rock band, U2, will be putting out a vinyl-only EP containing three live tracks recorded in Europe this year. It's aptly titled Wide Awake in Europe.
– The Black Keys are releasing a box set edition for this year's Brothers, which contains the album on double 45 RPM vinyl and CD. It's also got a poster and, best of all, a ten-inch with six live tracks.
– George Harrison's masterpiece, All Things Must Pass, will be getting the remaster treatment with a 180-gram vinyl reissue.
– Some treasures from the Apple Records vault will be released on the compilation 10 Green Apples, which includes James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston and more. The special Record Store Day version has a bonus track and comes with a T-shirt.
– The Los Angeles Times reports that some Jimi Hendrix holiday tunes will be collected on the EP Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.
– The Gaslight Anthem will take on the Rolling Stone's "Tumbling Dice" on a seven-inch that also includes "She Loves You" (although the latter is an original, not a Beatles cover).
– Queens of the Stone Age will release their self-titled album on double LP (a CD will follow in December).
– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will put out a seven-inch containing "Nowhere" and "Surrender."
– Iron & Wine will be previewing next year's Kiss Each Other Clean with a three-song single [via Pitchfork]. It contains "Walking far from Home," "Summer in Savannah" and "Biting Your Tail" and will be released on twelve-inch vinyl and CD.
– MGMT's "Congratulations" will be released on seven-inch, along with a Erol Alkan remix, plus a 20-page book.
– Grinderman's "Heathen Child" will appear on a new twelve-inch that includes a version with King Crimson axe man Robert Fripp.
– Cee-Lo's anthem "Fuck You" will be released on coloured twelve-inch vinyl.
– 13th Floor Elevators legend Roky Erickson will put out a live DVD, Night of the Vampire, featuring the Black Angels as his backing band.
– Were you as much of a fan of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' I Learned the Hard Way as we were? The album will be reissued on 11 seven-inch singles, along with ten bonus tracks and eight instrumental versions.
– We still don't know what the Ting Tings' new LP will be called, but the single, "Hands," will be released on seven-inch, along with a Passion Pit remix.
– Dr. Dog will put out four unreleased tracks on a double seven-inch.
– Drive By Truckers will get into the Christmas spirit with a holiday ten-inch.
– Wondering where the new Soundgarden compilation, Telephantasm, got its name? The song "The Telephantasm" will be released on seven-inch (it was previously an iTunes bonus track). This single will contain a live version of "Gun."
– A fan of the recent Bruce Springsteen box set? He will release a seven-inch featuring "Save My Love" and "Because the Night," from The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.
A message board post suggests that we will also be seeing releases from Baby Drawn Boy, Frank Sinatra, the Doors, Monster Magnet and many others, but these are unconfirmed.