10 Must-Try Albums We’re Getting This Weekend On June 2022 Record Store Day
As with most popular music, Record Store Day has been disrupted in recent years thanks to COVID. But now the music nerd’s favorite holiday continues to make a comeback, following the April festivities with a second day of fun on Saturday, June 18. Does this split decision have anything to do with the continued delays in vinyl pressing (per NME)? Of course, issues in the supply chain have pushed back LP releases for artists big and small.
But for the average fan, you can just think of it as another opportunity to spend the day buying and celebrating some great music. So, in that triumphant vein, we’ve rounded up our must-have list for RSD June. From mainstream rap and vintage folk to musical icons and unsung heroes, these are just a few items worthy of your time and hard-earned cash.
Billy Bragg will always remain, no matter what praise he actually receives, a criminally uncelebrated folk hero. But luckily there is a small measure of justice with this reissue of his 1983 debut album, featuring the remastered LP as well as the live solo version recorded in London in June 2013. There’s no better way to commemorate 30 years than with the clearest and most compelling example of Bragg’s canon, an album brimming with endless wit, a wealth of social commentary and pure emotion to boot.
And from great career starts to triumphant endings, this release from Miles Davis is a clear winner for longtime fans and uninitiated newbies alike. The show and outing are best known for featuring one of Davis’ “last great bands”, including drummer Al Foster, saxophonist Bill Evans and guitarist John Scofield. Several tracks went on to make up Davis’ 80s releases, including tracks from 1982 We want miles and 1984 Lureproviding listeners with the intensity and mastery that would define the final arc of Davis’ illustrious career.
If you were around, there were plenty of great bands and highlights that defined ’90s punk. But if you weren’t, you can go back and revisit the era with this classic sampler from 1996, which compiles a who’s who of artists on the Nitro Records roster. This list includes AFI, Guttermouth, The Vandals and The Offspring, whose coverage of “Hey Joe” was previously an exclusive offer to samplers. The release encapsulates what was great about West Coast punk at the time – a sense of manic energy and chaos that helped redefine the scene as a whole. Plus, the orange splatter vinyl should be a real treat for the eyes.
Playful and fierce, Radiate me, Scotty captures a very specific moment in Nicki Minaj’s career. He landed just before she hit it big with the We are young money compilation and, shortly after, his first album, pink friday. It’s a record that showcases Minaj’s raw intensity and lyrical prowess across a maddening score of twenty tracks. Was this album already reissued in May 2021? Sure. But having it on double vinyl is just different, and it’s the kind of MC masterclass that deserves to be heard on high definition audio. To paraphrase Minaj herself, it really goes a long way.
It could be argued that latter-day Peter Gabriel is on a higher level (and that is clearly saying something). This includes the epic Scratch my back, in which Gabriel put together powerful and stripped-down covers. But a real highlight is new blood, in which he re-recorded classic tracks from his discography alongside a 46-piece orchestra. This live album, recorded in London in March 2011, is the clearest version of that vision, and a powerful recontextualization of the mind and intellect that defined Gabriel’s career. You haven’t heard “Solsbury Hill” until you hear it like this.
Wilco, cruel country Pre-Launch Limited Edition
The last few months have been marked by a shortage of vinyl (which again explains why Record Store Day was split into two days this year). Is it possible to blame Wilco, at least in part, for this delay, especially after their juggernaut vinyl reissue of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot? Sure. But there’s no denying that their fans clearly want vinyl, and the band are ready to give them what they want, even if it means waiting a while. And so all this to say that we finally get this year’s award cruel country on LP, and all the madness will be worth it for this thoughtful and highly engaging album.
We could spend a few days debating the best Wes Anderson movie. (The vote of this humble writer? Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou.) But to save time, we can just use default The Royal Tenenbaums both for the quality of the film itself and, perhaps more importantly, for its epic soundtrack. Led by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, the double LP is an assortment of rock music spanning the 60s and 90s, and perfectly echoes the emotionality and overt weirdness that made this film a true classic. That, and now you have some reason to watch the epic cover art for hours.
Keith Richards, talking is cheap/Live at the Hollywood Palladium
Of course, even with the support of Record Store Day, cassettes still seem to be a niche market. But if you wanted to dip your toes in, there’s no better (or at least entertaining) way to start than Keith Richards’ 1988 solo debut album. talking is cheap has at times been hailed as an “unofficial” Rolling Stones record, and Richards seems to relish his role as temporary frontman to play unadorned, hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll. And the second tape, recorded during a tour stop at Hollywood Palladium, only adds to this pure musical experience. Now go ahead and find yourself a good cassette deck.
Yield, released in February 1998, was marked as a highlight for Pearl Jam. Here the band managed to line up like they hadn’t before, and the resulting 13 tracks seem like a happy medium between their rock beginnings and the sonic expansion to come in the 2000s. (From more, “Do the Evolution” is a career highlight.) The live album, recorded from this summer’s US tour, builds on the album itself and shows that Pearl Jam’s live show was a circus of great music, community experiences and a dash or two of hijinks. But, really, it’s still about “Make the evolution”.
great grass, Moving
Supergrass remains one of the true highlights of the Britpop era. So when they reunited in September 2019 after nearly a decade apart, it felt like a big gift from the musical deities. And the gifts keep coming: the first arrived in 2020 Living on other planetsand now a six track EP, Moving. The vinyl includes a few different standout offerings, including a longer medley of the title track (as well as a live version) and rarities like the soundtrack version of “East Is East”. Maybe it’s not exactly “new” music, but if it’s Supergrass we’re talking about, it’s still money very well spent.