For those who worship at the altar of vinyl, Record Store Day is like Christmas, Eid, Thanksgiving and Diwali, all rolled into one. It’s a day when artists and labels celebrate the unsung heroes of the music business – the guys and girls of independent record stores – by releasing super-limited issues, picture discs, rarities and one-offs. It’s a day that we here at Light In The Attic hold dear to our hearts.
To mark this year’s event, taking place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, we have four incredible releases to share with you.
Firstly, there’s a limited edition (4000 copies, all hand-numbered) of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal singles: Public Image b/w The Cowboy Song, the 1978 debut single by former Sex Pistol John Lydon’s new band, Public Image Ltd. The record comes in an exact reproduction of the original fold-out newsprint sleeve, and is available for the first time in the US. Our exploration of Public Image Ltd’s catalog, expressly for the U.S. market, will continue later this year, with the expanded re-release of the group’s debut album First Issue, from which ‘Public Image’ was taken.
Another essential 7″, again in a hand-numbered, limited pressing of 4000 but this time on mind-bending psychedelic swirl vinyl, is Mine Mine Mind b/w Bloody Hammer, the snarling Roky Erickson track that welcomed a changed performer back from the brink following the collapse of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. The single will launch Light In The Attic’s reissue series of Roky’s early solo masterworks.
Theppabutr Productions: The Man Behind The Molam Sound 1972-75 is a double LP in an old-school, tip-on gatefold jacket housed in an o-card, plus a fold-out poster. 400 random copies are pressed on gold wax. The release follows the celebrated Thai Funk: ZudRangMa compilations and gives an in depth look at the work of the man who was, essentially, the Berry Gordy of Thailand’s Molam sound.
Completing the set of ever-so-special releases is Deserted Songs by Mercury Rev. Following the re-release of the band’s celebrated Deserter’s Songs last year, this album presents, for the first time on vinyl, the rare demos, extra cuts and lost tracks that fell through the cracks of the 1998 classic. Pressed on clear and white vinyl and housed in a hand-numbered tip-on jacket, including an insert with a note from Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper.
To find out where and how you can get your hands on these records and more, visit the official Record Store Day website. And remember, for as long as there are record stores, Light In The Attic will keep giving you reasons to visit them.