It’s Record Store Day, the seventh annual celebration where participating record stores coordinate exclusive vinyl, cassette and CD releases. Guestroom Records in Oklahoma City and Norman and Trolley Stop Record Shop are among the record stores in the metro celebrating with live music and giveaways.
My excellent colleague Gene Triplett reports that Oklahoma City-based neo-psychedelic soldiers The Flaming Lips are leading the annual Record Store Day charge, per usual, with limited-edition releases that are destined to become rare treasure:
“7 Skies H3” is a 50-minute distillation of 10 tracks from the incredible 24-hour song the Lips recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in 2011. It’s etched into a regular-weight clear vinyl 12-inch record, packaged in a single-pocket jacket and limited to a precious 7,500 copies. It also includes a digital download card.
Then there is Devo’s “Gates of Steel,” from the “DEV-O Live” EP, with a previously unreleased cover of the song by The Flaming Lips, on 7-inch silver vinyl disc from the Warner Bros. side-by-side series. Again, only 7,500 copies were pressed.
As for wearables, there’s a T-shirt bearing a vintage design by Coyne, a Record Store Day exclusive.
“They are definitely strong proponents of Record Store Day,” Justin Sowers, co-owner of Guestroom Records stores in Oklahoma City and Norman, told Gene. “They always put out a strong release. It’s not just a new single and a B-side. It’s always something kind of special.”
For example, how about a limited-edition version of “The Flaming Lips 1st EP,” packaged with a handcrafted, custom-made, solid white chocolate skull. The anatomically correct cranium contains a gold coin that is redeemable as admission to any show headlined by The Flaming Lips. The EP is pressed onto color vinyl, and the white chocolate is gourmet quality.
Only one skull is available for sale in Oklahoma, at the Guestroom Records store at 3701 N Western Ave.
Price tag: $350.
Here are some other RSD vinyl releases by bands with Oklahoma ties:
•Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, “Millions Live in Denver”
•Sugar Free Allstars, “My Daddy’s Record Collection” 7-inch
•Wanda Jackson, “Windy City Redux” 7-inch
•Lizard Police, “Couch Mountain” 7-inch
•School of Seven Bells, “Put Your Sad Down” 10-inch
Sowers also told Grace Gordon for The Oklahoman that Record Store Day is “easily our biggest day of the year. And we like to give Oklahoma bands exposure on Record Store Day, too.”
Guestroom Records orchestrates Record Store Day in-store performances to coincide with the respective releases of popular Oklahoma-based bands, including Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Sugar Free Allstars. Top Oklahoma City kindie rockers Sugar Free Allstars released this week a lyric video for “My Daddy’s Record Collection,” and my lovely coworker Nathan Poppe is the one who shot it for them:
Oklahoma City area participating Record Store Day stores:
701 N Western Ave. in Oklahoma City and 125 E Main St. in Norman. Open at 10 a.m.
Live music in Norman
•1 p.m. John Calvin
•2 p.m. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Live music In Oklahoma City
•3 p.m. Sugar Free Allstars
•4 p.m. Travis Linville
•5 p.m. Colourmusic
8915 N Western Ave.
Charlie’s Jazz & Blues Records
5514 N Classen Blvd.
Trolley Stop Record Shop
1807 N Classen Blvd.
1960s KOMA Radio DJ, Dale Wehba, will be spinning records & giving away prizes for rock ’n’ roll trivia.