Although it's not technically "vinyl" Saturday, there's still plenty of reasons to go out and buy records. For one, with the passing of Michael Jackson, there's a limited amount of fresh MJ wax on store shelves and you'll be kicking yourselves if you don't go and buy it now. And also, there were plenty of quality releases that came out on this past week. After the jump, vinyl columnist Jason Ferguson talks about all of the fresh new wax and reissues that you need in your life.
The biggest beast to fall from the heavens this week was Voltaic, the new live (or, at least sorta live) album from Björk. Given the lavish vinyl treatment given to the singles that came from Volta, it shouldn't be surprising that the packaging on Voltaic is above and beyond. There are two vinyl versions coming out; the "regular" edition will consist of two 200g LPs along with a CD of that music. The hefty deluxe version will have those same two 200g LPs and CD, along with a bonus CD of remixes and two DVDs with a full Paris concert, a performance in Reykjavik and the videos from the Volta album.
On the reissue front, the biggest news, in my opinion, is the 180g LP reissue/remaster of the Flaming Lips' nouveau-classic Soft Bulletin album; it comes with a CD of three non-album cuts. Also this week, there were a new batch of reissues from the Island vaults, including Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones, Kimono My House by Sparks, and, praise the Lord, Nightclubbing by Grace Jones. Oddly, there's another classic Island (or at least sorta-Island) album, Follow the Leader by Eric B. & Rakim, hitting the shelves, but it's being put out by the fine folks at 4 Men With Beards. As a complement to recent deluxe CD reissues of early R.E.M., the remastered versions of Murmur and Reckoning will also be available on 180g vinyl, and, thanks to the Hi Records catalog being in the able hands of indie label Fat Possum, you'll also be seeing 180g remastered reissues of several excellent Al Green albums.
Au Revoir Simone - Still Night, Still Light
Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
Bjork - Voltaic (200g LP + CD and 2LP + CD + 2DVD)
Budos Band - Budos Band EP
The Church - Untitled #23
Dinosaur Jr - Farm
Foreign Born - Person To Person
God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch from Belle & Sebastian)
The Gossip - Music For Men (180g import only)
Regina Spektor - Far
Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi (180g 2LP, with bonus CD)
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) - Roadsinger (180g)
White Denim - Fits
Various Artists - Black Rio 2