RECORD STORE DAY is keepin’ it safe and low-key once again in 2021, dividing their signature indie-store-celebrating event into two RSD DROPS on SATURDAY, JUNE 12th and SATURDAY, JULY 17th!

HORIZON RECORDS was all the way on board with the decision to split RECORD STORE DAY into three smaller “Drops” in 2020.  Instead of releasing all titles on one day, instead of having a massive crowd of customers in the store at once for an extended period of time, RSD concentrated on three days of more intimate but no less awesome events, with a different list of sweet, collectible and limited-edition vinyl releases for each individual day.

This year, there’s a little more light at the end of the tunnel, but RSD is wisely choosing to rock on cautiously in 2021, splitting Record Store Day up into TWO DROPS on SATURDAY, JUNE 12th and SATURDAY, JULY 17th.

We love it, we’re all about it, and we’ll be opening up at 8am on June 12th with a delectable selection of RSD titles for your perusal. We’ll also be doing it safely, with social distancing protocols, hand sanitizing stations, and yes, masks are required.

We’re still gonna party and celebrate the brick-and-mortar indie-record store in all its glory, and we can’t wait to see y’all going through the stacks, and not just the RSD stuff but the thousands of new and pre-loved goodies we’ve already got in the house.

We’ll see y’all on June 12th if not before; and in the meantime, here are some Drop #1 titles we’re pumped about; see the full list HERE.


BRANIAC, From Dayton Ohio (2xLP)
BRANIAC, Attic Tapes (2xLP)

From Dayton Ohio:
Brainiac proudly hailed From Dayton Ohio. They put it on their T-shirts and proclaimed it religiously from the stage everywhere they went. On this double album by the same name, is the band’s history unfolding from a new lens, chronologically through remastered singles, covers, and previously unreleased tracks over sides A and B. Sides C and D present a never before heard (or even torrented) example of their bombastic live experience: a concert recording from the legendary Blind Pig in Champaign-Urbana. The gatefold artwork contains a band family tree of sorts, centering Brainiac to many of their local contemporaries as well as various pictures from the band’s personal collections. Listening to this release will not get you Y2K compliant, but it is a fresh reminder of how exciting Brainiac was as well as further evidence that Ohio once reigned supremely weird.

Attic Tapes:
The music of Brainiac ended with the death of frontman Tim Taylor in 1997. Offered here is a glimpse into the working mind of Taylor as he susses out tunes and sound experiments in their rawest form, mostly alone with a four track in his mother’s attic. Some are mere sketches. Many never again saw the light of day, or morphed so much they are more like distant cousins of future songs. Some of the more interesting Brainiac songs, like Fucking With The Altimeter, Silver Iodine, or Strung, were elevated from the original four and eight track demos later in the studio environment. Attic Tapes serves as a blueprint for how these types of tunes developed. The entire program is stitched together like a distorted dream. Jumping from one scene to the next, it progresses through all four sides in a historically linear fashion, from the very early days through to the final rehearsals. While this is not an official Brainiac album, it begins to feel akin to what a Brainiac record might sound like if it were produced by neighbor and Guided by Voices raconteur Robert Pollard. Inside the release are some historically related liner notes written by guitarist John Schmersal giving further insight into the origins and backdrop of the demos and the time they were created.


JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight (LP)
Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight was created by the Record Store Day team and curated by record stores. The songs on this collection originally appeared on various Jefferson Airplane releases from 1966 to 1971. Some of the ‘gems’ here will be familiar, while others are obscure, live, or alternate versions of Jefferson Airplane songs. Wide stylistic swings, from sweet folk-pop to crushing psychedelic anthems, add up to a glorious portrait of the era, evoking Acid, Incense and Balloons.


VARIOUS ARTISTS
, Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live In San Francisco 1973 2xLP)
On vinyl for the first time, Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia– Live in San Francisco 1973 captures the first and only time the stars of Philadelphia International Records (P.I.R.) — including The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul — performed in concert with the label’s house band, MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother). The concert, showcasing what would become the Sound of Philadelphia — affectionately known as T.S.O.P. — took place in San Francisco during the annual CBS Records convention at the Fairmont Hotel in September 1973.


BUZZCOCKS, A Different Compilation (2xLP pink vinyl)

In 2011, the influential Manchester punk band revisited their early 1977 – 1981, re-recording twenty-four of their best-loved, iconic songs for the 21st century. While popular with fans, A Different Compilation was never issued on vinyl – until now. Side A: Boredom / Fast Cars / I Don’t Mind / Autonomy / Get On Our Own / What Ever Happened To? Side B: When Love Turns Around You / Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore / Why Can’t I Touch It? / Alive Tonight / I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life / You Say You Don’t Love Me. Side C: Turn Of The Screw / Noise Annoys / Breakdown / Promises / Love You More / What Do I Get / Harmony In My Head. Side D: Oh Shit! / Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)? / Orgasm Addict / I Believe / Love Is Lies


VARIOUS ARTISTS, Just Leg It!! (LP)

“19 Party Instrumentals for Grown Folks.” Compilation of partytime dance tunes from Memphis TN & North Mississippi. Produced, recorded and mixed by Bruce Watson (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess), each side is dedicated to the location in which it was recorded. Side A – “Memphis Side” and Side B – “Mississippi Side” consisting of artists such as producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Elvis Presley), Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird), Matt Patton (Drive by Truckers). Producer Bruce Watson would hold get-togethers at his studios both in North Mississippi and more recently Memphis, TN to record his musician/friends in an “anything goes” atmosphere. Pulling inspiration from old 45’s from Bruce’s personal collection, he’d capture the musicians recording together on the fly, trying to conjure some of the hoodoo from those old recordings while adding a bit of hoodoo of his own. About fifteen musicians in all make up the roster for these recordings that were made over a six year period.


CANNED HEAT, Canned Heat Blues Band (translucent gold vinyl LP)

For the first time ever on vinyl, a special limited edition Translucent Gold pressing of Canned Heat’s 1997 super rare Canned Heat Blues Band album. This album captures the historic boogie band in a true blues and country blues setting, and features the original band’s Fito de la Parra, Henry Vestine, Larry Taylor plus Junior Watson and Robert Lucas. Tried and true blue renditions from the pens of Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, plus newer originals from the band. Side One 1-Stranger 2-Quiet Woman 3-Iron Horse 4-Jr’s Shuffle 5-Creole Queen 6-Keep It To Yourself Side Two 1- Boogie Music 2-Going Up The Country 3-See Those Tears 4-One Kind Favor 5-Oh Baby 6-Gorgo Boogie.


LARRY CORYELL, At The Village Gate (translucent blue vinyl LP)
Out of print LP with limited availability in the second-hand marketplace (the CD has been reissued by Real Gone Music). This deluxe package released as part of RSD Drops will include an OBI side spine on a single cardboard album jacket, printed inner sleeves, original record labels and “double split” blue translucent vinyl. At The Village Gate is a live album by jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, the “Godfather of Fusion”, recorded on January 21 and 22, 1971 at the Village Gate in New York City. It was released by Vanguard Records. Sadly, far too few people knew of this album at the time as its distribution was limited, but it’s a record that was recorded so well it could easily be considered a live studio release, and one that never fails to open eyes or expand horizons. It’s interesting to note that Larry’s wife Julie sings for the first time on this outing and that’s his son featured on the album jacket.


ROBERT PALMER, Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley (
180 Gram Emerald Green Audiophile Vinyl/Limited Edition LP) 
His dynamic debut album from 1974 on limited edition Emerald Green vinyl, features his smash hits “Sneaking Sally Through The Alley,” “Sailing Shoes” and stellar Allen Toussaint classic “From A Whisper To A Scream.” Musicians include Stevie Winwood, Lowell George, The Meters, Bernard Purdie, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree and Simon Phillips.

PRINCE, The Truth (LP)
The Truth is widely regarded as one of Prince’s most underappreciated hidden gems. Originally released as an accompaniment to the 1998 triple album Crystal Ball, which marked the first time that Prince released an album totally independently, The Truth was also the first Prince album to be labeled “acoustic,” though it does contain electronic instruments and elements, and it gave listeners an unprecedented chance to hear his songwriting and voice in a stripped-down presentation. This release as part of RSD Drops marks the first time The Truth is available on vinyl, with gorgeous, foil-embossed artwork designed by Prince’s long-time art director Steve Parke.


CELIA CRUZ/WILLIE COLON, Celia y Willie (180g LP)
40th anniversary reissue of the Fania classic from Celia Cruz and Willie Colón featuring hits “Dos Jueyes” and “Yo Lo Puedes Decir.” All analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI. Side A: 1. Mi Caso, 2. Cucurucucu Paloma, 3. Yo Lo Puedes Decir, 4. Latinos en Estados Unidos, 5. Berimbau. Side B: 1. Don Jueyes, 2. Kirimbambara, 3. Come Down to Miami, 4. Apago la Luz, 5. Hay Que Recordar.


NUBYA GARCIA, Source = Our Dance (LP)
London-based saxophone player Nubya Garcia releasea SOURCE ≡ OUR DANCE, an RSD Drops 12” remix EP presented on Turquoise Blue w/Black vinyl. This special RSD Drops exclusive is a collection of four remix tracks from Nubya’s celebrated debut album SOURCE, reimagined through collaboration with cutting edge artists Makaya McCraven, DJ Tahira, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Shy One. This limited edition LP comes hot off the heels of Nubya’s debut album which landed on numerous Best Albums of 2020 lists, including MOJO, NPR, Paste, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, to name a few, and one The New York Times describes as “A life’s worth of experiences into an hourlong listen.”


FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB, Pinata (half-speed mastered LP)

Piñata, the acclaimed effort from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib is a perennial best seller. For RSD 2021 Gibbs and Madlib replace Crockett and Tubbs for a follow up to the blaxploitation-inspired Pinata: The 1974 Version, with the ‘80s fueled Pinata: The 1984 Version. Though we promise, no mullets or ugly Ferraris. This single LP edition of Piñata has been lacquered at half speed master by Metropolis Mastering in London for the highest fidelity and is housed in an ‘80s themed cover variant exclusively as part of RSD Drops 2021.


COL. BRUCE HAMPTON, Arkansas (2xLP 180g vinyl)
A limited edition, remastered 180g pressing of the 1987 album featuring Paul Barrere, Tinsley Ellis, T Lavitz, Sonny Emory, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jeff Sipe and more. A1. “Arkansas” A2. “Elevator To The Moon” A3. “Throndossull” A4. “Brato Ganibe” B1. “Strange Voices” B2. “Fixin’ To Die” B3. “Basically Frightened” C1. “Mr. Kane” C2. “Zumpano’s Retreat” D3. “Baseball Tickets” D4. “Morgan” D5. “Cold Mountain”


JEEZY, Thug Motivation (clear vinyl LP)
Atlanta rapper Jeezy is one of the more visible frontrunners of the Southern Trap sound that grew to worldwide popularity. His 2005 major-label debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation, kicked down the doors for him to become one of the top-performing commercial rappers of his time. This collection celebrates 15 years of the Thug Motivation series.


FELA KUTI, Open & Close (red and yellow “butterfly effect” vinyl LP)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fela Kuti’s classic Open & Close, Knitting Factory Records is pleased to announce the first vinyl pressing since the 1980s. This edition features a return to the original gatefold jacket and will be pressed on red and yellow butterfly effect vinyl. Limited edition of 7000 for the world.

 

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