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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Six Most Exciting Record Store Day Releases

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3. Bill Evans - Selections from Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate

Jazz nerds are likely to be particularly nerdy about Bill Evans' recently unearthed collection Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate, a trio set with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morrell. This document has been likened to a time capsule, and its June release will be the first time the recordings have gone public. As a teaser, Resonance Records is releasing a 10" of four cuts from these sessions - standards "Yesterdays," "My Funny Valentine," "Someday My Prince Will Come," and "Here's That Rainy Day," blank slates for the impressionistic pianist in one of the most fertile periods in his career.

2. Tower Groove Records compilation

Local upstart label Tower Groove Records is nothing if not committed. Its debut release is a double LP compilation of local artists, with a very small number available a month early for Record Store Day on colored vinyl, which does not come cheap. The contents within are worth the dough - tracks by a laundry list of STL's finest, including but not limited to Old Lights, Catholic Guilt, Bug Chaser, and This City Of Takers. The always awesome Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra contributes to four different artists, and the comp features fun nuggets like Sleepy Kitty's cover of Pavement's "Box Elder" and Doom Town's incestuous cover of Bunnygrunt's Misfits referencing "Where Eagles Dare Pt. 2." The sheer ambition of this comp is a middle finger to the naysayers of local music; here's twenty-two bands who aren't just good, they're vinyl good.

1. Feist/Mastodon - Feistodon

Feistodon might be awful, but it doesn't matter; its existence is enough. The fact that Canadian songstress Leslie Feist and Atlanta beard-metal quartet Mastodon even suggested releasing a split seven inch in which they cover each other's songs is noble. That both followed through and Feistodon can be physically held in your hands this Saturday is phenomenal. Feist's take on Mastodon's "Black Tongue" has potential, as the track is one of the more conventional and melodic on last year's The Hunter. The chances of Mastodon's cover of Feist's "A Commotion" being anything better than decent and/or funny are slim, but again, that's not the point. Feistodon, like Record Store Day itself, is all about the principle.

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