Audio Philes: Music to celebrate National Record Store Day

| Staff Writer

Just in time for National Record Store Day Saturday, this week saw not one but TWO days of quality releases. This week, let’s focus on the holiday that’s trying to keep the roots of music distribution alive in an online music-streaming-dependent world. Among the big-name releases was The War on Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place,” with the band’s first new release since the 2014 album “Lost In the Dream.” 5500 copies of this 12-inch vinyl, including parts one and two of the band’s song “Thinking of a Place,” were made. Only 2750 vinyl copies were made of Head and the Heart’s “Stinson Beach Sessions,” which includes unreleased demos of songs off their 2016 album “Signs of Light,” as well as three previously unreleased songs. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Go Robot” includes a live performance of this hit and Ra Ra Riot’s vinyl, appropriately named “Ra Ra Riot,” celebrates the 10th anniversary of their debut extended play. This musical holiday also paid tribute to artists like David Bowie and Prince who passed away in 2016 and left lasting legacies and iconic music in their wake. Bowie’s “BOWPROMO” white label album and Prince’s songs “Little Red Corvette” and “1999” saw rerelease this Record Store Day. Additionally, an exclusive limited edition of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” proved a hot commodity this year among longtime Beatles fans. Saved for last, the Lumineers released a 7-inch limited edition vinyl called “Seed Songs,” exposing the world to the creative process behind the song “Angela.” Next year, be sure to turn out and support your favorite local record store! Vintage Vinyl sits right on the perimeter of the Washington University bubble and has a daylong celebration each year. Attend for a day full of music, food and fun.