Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 4-25-12
It totally slipped my mind on Monday. I forgot to ask how your Record Store Day was over the weekend. I hope you lined up and got plenty of exclusive releases. For me, it was a painful Saturday. My local record store was opening early (9AM) to accomodate crowds and people looking to hit other stores that morning, but I wanted nothing to do with it. Okay, so I planned to be there right at 9, but when my alarm clock went off I threw it across my bedroom. Such an hour does not compute with me on a Saturday. After some snafus that included getting shut out of an attempt at Bruce Springsteen tickets to his show at Wrigley Field, I eventually made it to the record store – at 1PM. So yeah, by the time I got there, all the good exclusive releases were gone, and a few straggling 7 inch singles and LPs were left. None of them were what I was looking for, though I should have expected that given how late it was. Still, I managed to uncover unplayed vinyl pressings of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, both of which made the sting of missing exclusives less painful. Then I found out the Flaming Lips were selling a couple hundred copies of their RSD exclusive collaboration album online, so I snatched up a copy that way. It came in the mail earlier today. Looks fantastic. Sounds pretty great too. Anyways, I hope your haul was better than mine. I want to remind you too that just because Record Store Day has come and gone doesn’t mean you should stop shopping at your local independent record store. Do your best to keep music physical – it’s a better format. It’s also less convenient, but still…better. Now on to some Wednesday Pick Your Poison exclusives, and some songs that aren’t so exclusive. Today I’ll give the sonic approval to tracks from Black Manila, The Danks, Jaill, LA Vampires by Octo Octa, Milk Maid, Purity Ring, Qualms and Torkelsen. In the Soundcloud section don’t miss streaming songs from The Daydream Club and Mount Eerie.