Record Store Day 2014: announced releases so far, and noticeable Trends
Record Store Day's website hasn't released an official list yet, but fortunately there are dedicated souls have been combing the internet and compiling a list based on previously announced exclusives. We looked over what they found and noticed some obvious (and less obvious) themes:
LIVE ALBUMS: The presence of a number of live recordings shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's been to Record Store Day before. The Live At Montreux series features two entries, Alice Cooper and Alanis Morissette. Our eyes are on Neil Young's Cow Palace 1986. It's not a hits-laden set necessarily, but Young's fans will be all up ons.
COMPILATIONS: Again, if you've participated in Record Store Day, you won't be surprised that there are several eye-catching compilations. We're looking at two pairs of 7" collections: Dinosaur Jr.'s Fossils collection is a look back at the group's earlier, more raw recordings with SST. The Space Project incorporates "space noises" into a collection of tracks themed to planets, as performed by Spiritualized, the Antlers and more.
TRIBUTES: Two collections intrigue: One, Non-Violent Femmes, is a collection of Violent Femmes covers as performed by other acts. Notable performers include Speedy Ortiz and TEEN. More mysterious is In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety. It's obviously a Nirvana tribute, but performed by who? We've got a feeling that Deer Tick will be involved, as the band played the whole album live at a show during 2013, but details are tough to find.
BLACK METAL: This development might be surprising, even to those well practiced in Record Store Day shopping. This development is largely thanks to six picture discs being released from seminal Norwegian black metal group Bathory, as well as the rerelease of Emperor's renowned IX Equilibrium.
The full list can be seen here.