Record Store Day, 2011: Jim’s Picks

2011 Record Store Day is almost upon us. Most shops that I frequent will be opening on Friday night at Midnight for all us nerds racing to get a copy of the limited LP pressings. I’ll be at Permanent Records here in Chicago grabbing a few titles from the comprehensive RSD release list. A few of my picks below.

Big Star

Third (Test Pressing Edition)

International Submarine Band w Gram Parsons

Safe at Home

John Fahey

Requia (and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo)


Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP)

Pearl Jam


Immortality b/w Rearviewmirror

Shuggie Otis

Inspiration Information

Various Artists

Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie

It’s a shame that we don’t see more jazz on that list. After the last RSD saw a major jump in sales—vinyl was through the roof—I figured that there would have been more folks jumping on the RSD bandwagon this year. I guess it’s enough to have any product, RSD-exclusive or not, in the shops when the hordes of people comb through the racks—our three titles from 2011 will certainly be there. But still, I can’t help but think there is an empty seat at the RSD table with ‘JAZZ’ written on the chair. Maybe we’ll throw our hat in the ring next year.

In the meantime we hope you’ll support your local record shop this Saturday… and everyday after that.