10 Record Store Day Exclusives You'll Have to Fight Me For

It's almost here: Record Store Day. The day the industry bands together and does its best to shine a light on the independent record stores that dot neighborhoods in cities all over the U.S. Now, I could take this opportunity to lecture about how music fans should treat normal days like Record Store Day, but here's the thing: I get it.

For some folks, music is just something you download (hopefully via some legal channel, like eMusic or iTunes). And that's not wrong . But then there are those of us who just need to collect. We're hoarders, really, just with awesome stuff. So yeah, I don't need a special day to visit the local shops, but there is a kind of glee that comes over me when I look at some of what the labels are trotting out to reward the faithful (and maybe inspire some newbies to stop by).

Here are the exclusives I'm most excited about (coming tomorrow: Phoenix's Record Store Day events). What are you most pumped to pick up? Leave a comment below.

Phoenix stores participating in RSD (according to the official website): Stinkweeds Records, Revolver Records, Tracks in Wax, Rockzone, Zia Records, and Hoodlums New and Used Music.

Shuggie Otis
"Inspiration Information" b/w "Magic" (Legacy Records)

You've probably heard the A-side, the beatific, absolutely classic future-soul cut featuring young Otis' mastery of a the stutter-step beat, funky guitars, and bubbling melody, but you've never heard "Magic," the B-side that's been unearthed from Shuggie's personal archives to supplement this release; that's what you gotta love, when a RSD release offers you something brand new, and not a different colored version of a record you already own.

Hush Arbors/Arbouretum, Aureola
Hush Arbors/Arbouretum, Aureola (Thrill Jockey)

Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) and Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) share more than similar band names: the two tap into the same sense of Americana desolation via stomp boxes and far-out incantations. You can chin-stroke to the former and toss up devil horns to the latter, but too often those propositions are viewed as opposing ideas.

Sam Means, NONA
Sam Means, NONA (Photo Finish Records)

It's kind of hard not to contrast the sounds of hometown boy Sam Means against those of his former-Format buddy Nate Ruess (who's in fun. these days). Both are explicitly tuneful, but Means' long-delayed solo work is far more classicist. "I Will Follow" and "Something in the Air," the two songs featured on this exclusive '45, share their names with U2 and Thunderclap Newman singles, and while they aren't covers, they share a melodic kinship with the radiowaves of the past. (And if you're hungering for a good cover, just wait till you hear Means' take on the Hollies' "Carry Anne.")

Location Info



12 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Revolver Records

918 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Tracks in Wax

4741 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Zia Record Exchange

1940 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: Music

Zia Record Exchange

2510 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Zia Record Exchange - CLOSED

1940 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Zia Record Exchange

105 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Hoodlums New & Used Music - CLOSED

6434 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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