Most Wanted Record Store Day 2014 Releases
by DJ Demangone (@demangone)
(In my mind DJ is the antidisestablishmentarian of musical appreciation. I have no idea how that applies to music but it just sound right. His picks are typically off most radars, but they should be on yours.)
Gonga – Black Sabbeth
I first heard of Gonga from an Aquarius Records description, where they were compared to the Melvins. I get more of a Kyuss vibe from them, which is never a bad thing. Anyway, Gonga covers Black Sabbath’s titular song with Beth Gibbons from Portishead on vocals, hence the misspelling of the name. There’s not much more to say. The Cardigans have covered Sabbath and I liked it. I’ve got high hopes for this one.
Cave In – Jupiter
My list includes a lot of stuff that I already own, mostly on other formats. I already have a copy of this on vinyl and cd, but one of the issues with the album has always been the mix – the bass is buried. The good news is that it’s been remixed by James Plotkin of Phantomsmasher, Khanate, and OLD fame. The story of this albums is essentially “a teenaged metal band from Boston matured a bit and released some Floyd homage”, I still like this thing a lot.
Sacrifice Poles – s/t
The brother from another mother, essentially outtake jams from the Jupiter recording sessions, Sacrifice Poles is Cave In sans vocals. I remember listening to this album a lot as a freshman in college in the darkroom. As with Jupiter, this guy will also be getting remastered by Plotkin. It’s also the first time that it will be available on vinyl. Of the records I’m looking for, this is the one I’ll probably have to end up finding online.
Pantera/Poison Idea – The Badge
Pantera covered this Poison Idea song for the Crow Soundtrack. They did a great job with an already great song. It can’t hurt to own both versions on one record, right?
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Hey Joe
I like Charlotte Gainsbourg, I like Beck, I like the song Hey Joe, and I like Sebastien. Hard to go wrong with this, except that it’s $13 for a 7” – which is just dumb.