Record Store Day: Books, Bangerz, and Babylon

Record Store Day is basically two weeks away. For vinyl collectors everywhere, it’s a day to catch exclusive releases of past and future favorites. For those new to vinyl, it’s a day to meet other audiophiles and to catch some really great wax. Mills Record Company does the day up every year. With refreshments, fresh used records, music, pop up sales, and, of course, all the Record Store Day releases on the list. With so many titles, it might be hard to chose which ones you need and which ones you desperately want. I’ve posted somethings that are definitely on my list (here and here), and I want to highlight three more records.

First and foremost is Miley Cyrus’ 2013 album, Bangerz. Before collaborating with Wayne Coyne, before twerking all over Robin Thicke, before being a coach on The Voice, Miley Cyrus was transforming from Disney starlet to budding pop sensation. As evidenced in “We Can’t Stop,” Cyrus’ sound shifted to large choruses and straight forward pop orchestrations. Though, as the single shows, Cyrus was pushing what pop lyrics can do metrically–inverting phrases and promoting syllables to syncopate her mostly iambic lines. The result was hook after hook after hook. And then “Wrecking Ball” happened. Like Eliot’s Waste Land, “Wrecking Ball” crashed through the pop world, leaving nothing untouched. An original pressed picture disc will cost you over $200, but Record Store Day will help you dance with Miley for a fraction of that cost.

Slick Rick comes to Record Store Day with a book. Complete with an illustrated, children’s book themed retelling of “Children’s Story,” a 45 with “Children’s Story” and “The Moment I Feared,” and a CD of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. The single’s iconic sample (featured again in Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”) coupled with Slick Rick’s smooth delivery catapulted the rapper to celebrity. This package has to be one of the most unique releases this year–perfect for any hip hop vinylphile.

What would Spring be without reggae? Certainly not the season we love. Buds in the trees, smoke from the grill, Spring and reggae go together like one and love. U-Roy is a reggae pioneer. Blending traditional Jamaican music with “toasting” (also known as rap), his album Dread Ina Babylon remains a staple in the genre. Full of laid back vibes, fire verses, and positivity, this Record Store Day release is a must have for dance hall geeks and dub freaks. The album’s groove-centric songs will be housed in black wax and comes with exclusive posters. What more could you want?

If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, do it now. Record Store Day is all day April 22nd. With all the vinyl goodies, you won’t want to miss any of this more than special day.

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