Saturday, March 28, 2009


The official website of Record Store Day has a list of exclusives that will be available, which includes a Ben Harper 10" (with an unreleased track, "Spanish Red Wine"), a Bob Dylan 7" (two tracks recorded when he played Bonnaroo, "Down Along The Cove" which was on a Bonnaroo album, and "Dreaming Of You" from Bootleg Series Vol. 8), a Bruce Springsteen 7" with "What Love Can Do" from Working on a Dream and "A Night With The Jersey Devil," 7" singles from Jane's Addiction and Heaven & Hell, The Stooges, The MC5, Slayer, The Smiths and Sublime, and a split 7" by Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis.

It's interesting that Record Store Day, which is April 18, comes just weeks after the biggest record store in the world (I think), the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, is closing (I think it actually closes Monday). They've been having a clearance sale, so of course I went to check it out. Even with 40% off of CDs, it was surprisingly untempting: that's because they charge 50% too much for CDs. While walking through the store, I had the chorus to Radiohead's "Just" in my mind ("You did it to yourself..."). By the way, Radiohead has an exclusive release for Record Store Day as well. Support independent record stores: if you don't live near one, you can still order something from their websites, I often order from Newbury Comics.

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