Feature: Record Store Day 2019

What am I eyeing when I head to my local indie record store tomorrow for Record Store Day? Here are the three items at the top of my list.

  1. Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica

Third Man Records is lovingly re-mastering and re-releasing the captain’s seminal 1969 work, which influenced fire-breathers like Tom Waits and friend Frank Zappa. Sitting at the intersection of Delta blues, free jazz and more abstract/experimental fare, Trout Mask Replica is the stuff of legend and rightfully goddamn so, ella’guru.

  • Jeff Buckley – In Transition

These demos from Grace, Buckley’s beautific 1994 debut, could be a dark horse for hottest find on RSD. Buckley’s voice always was ethereal, gauzy like a phantom but with enough soul to knock off your socks, if that’s your idea of a good time.

  • Chuck Mosley – Joe Haze Session #2

Mosley’s first official posthumous release reveals an artist in twilight – the former Faith No More frontman’s voice is raspy and beaten down, his guitar a little shaky as he reworks covers “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Take This Bottle.” Reveals the brutally honest potential of what could have been. – Justin Vellucci, Swordfish, April 12, 2019


About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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