With the retail holiday for music fanatics on the horizon, here are the must-haves.
Each year, the list of exclusive releases for the annual Record Store Day seems to grow longer than the line at a Prince secret show. We've dug through the crates to pick out 10 releases -- from classic rock to current punk, EDM history and crucial hip-hop -- worth picking up when you head to your local shop tomorrow, April 20.
The Roots, “Things Fall Apart” 12-inch (IGA)
Long before they were the most exciting band in late night TV, the Roots were making classic albums like this one -- a 1999 Grammy-winning breakthrough release that was the group's first to go gold.
Mumford & Sons, “Live at Bull Moose” (Glassnote)
Mumford & Sons' live 10" was recorded in Scarborough, Maine, a month before the release of "Babel." Thus making the four-song set heavy on the then-new material, including "Where Are You Now," a track that wound up a "Babel" bonus cut.
Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe" mono (Legacy)
The Hendrix single, backed with "Stone Free," marks a reissue of the original mono mixes released in 1966 as the late guitarist's UK debut. The new release is the first time the mixes have come back into print.
The Thermals, Desperate Ground demos (Saddle Creek)
The four-song EP presents rough takes of the Portland band's already-fuzzy new album, "Desperate Ground." If their latest album's not lo-fi enough for you, the band recorded the demos at home, on a four-track.
The Hold Steady, "Criminal Fingers" 7" (Vagrant)
The rock act's new single captures the group's first recordings with new guitarist Steve Selvidge, and could be a taste of the sound of their in-progress next album. The b-side is "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song the band recorded for HBO's "Game of Thrones."
Pornography, “7 Minutes in Heaven” (Pax Americana)
The titillatingly named band is a new punk side-project from Ryan Adams, who previously released similarly blistering efforts under the name the Finger. He's joined this time around by singer Leah Hennessey and Johnny T. Yerington, who rip through seven tracks on the quick 7" release.
The Band, The Last Waltz triple-LP (Rhino)
The iconic performance makes a vinyl return after a decade out of print, and barely a year after the April 19, 2012, death of beloved singer-drummer Levon Helm. The three-LP set includes performances from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris and many more '70s legends.
Stephen Malkmus & Friends, “Can's Ege Bamyasi” vinyl (Matador)
The six-track 12" documents the former Pavement frontman's 2012 performance at the Week-End Fest in Cologne, where he and German act Von Spar paid tribute to Can's influential 1972 album.
Bonobo, “The North Borders” box set (Ninja Tune)
The British musician's "The North Borders" is the producer's first release since 2010, a chilled-out collection that features Erykah Badu and Grey Reverend, among others. The box set collects the 13-track album across seven 10" records -- nice for fidelity, though turning over seven LPs may break the frosty mood.
Various Artists, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20 boxed set (Astralwerks)
With artists ranging from the Chemical Brothers to Swedish House Mafia, Astralwerks' impact on the electronic music movement can't be understated. The label celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 20-track collection that ranges from hits such as the Chemical Brothers' "Block Rockin' Beats" and Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" to unreleased material, including Hot Chip's "My Shit's On Fire Right Now" and Diamond Rings' "Put Me On (Diamond Dance)."
- Pop-Shop