Record Store Day is a two-part holiday in 2021

For the second consecutive year, it’s not possible for Record Store Day to be the celebratory get-together embraced by music lovers since 2008. Thanks, pandemic. But that doesn’t mean artists, labels and independent stores are skipping the chance to provide special-edition vinyl that made the cultural/consumer holiday famous.

Hundreds of titles make up the official list of records available on two days known as “Drops”: June 12 and July 17. Among the highlights are a double album of Amy Winehouse remixes and an Aretha Franklin concert recording from 1972. For more information, visit

In Indianapolis, the “big three” independent stores have different plans for June 12. Luna Music and Square Cat Vinyl are selling the goods online, while Indy CD & Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave., is instructing customers to visit the store’s back door beginning at 8 a.m. to purchase “Drops” content.

Here are three June 12 releases topping our wish list:

The Flaming Lips, “The Soft Bulletin Companion”

Here’s a chance to revisit an era of artistic triumph for the Flaming Lips. When 1999’s “The Soft Bulletin” generated new accolades for the band previously known for quasi-novelty single “She Don’t Use Jelly,” Warner Bros. Records sent a bonus promo CD to journalists and radio stations to add to the buzz. This first-ever vinyl edition of “The Soft Bulletin Companion” lets the public hear alternate mixes, outtakes and five songs from the Lips’ experimental 1997 project “Zaireeka” – a 4-CD set designed to be played on four stereos at the same time – in one convenient package.

Various artists, “Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter”

This tribute to Indiana native Cole Porter launched the landmark “Red Hot” series of nearly 20 compilation albums to benefit AIDS organizations. Originally released in 1990, “Red Hot + Blue” includes Porter compositions performed by David Byrne (“Don’t Fence Me In”), Neneh Cherry (“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”), U2 (“Night and Day”) and 17 other acts. Naturally, this vinyl reissue features one red LP and one blue LP.

Warren Zevon, “Preludes”

There’s so much more to Warren Zevon than “Werewolves of London,” his only Top 40 hit. You’ll find an early version of “Werewolves” on “Preludes,” plus Zevon’s world-class storytelling on “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Accidentally Like A Martyr” and “Desperados Under the Eaves.” This double album of outtakes and demos by the late singer-songwriter also offers a must-hear cover of Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life Again.”

Bonnaroo ’10 — Backstage & Crowd Photos

Live from Bonnaroo, and lots of great live music this afternoon.  Trombone Shorty was a favorite of mine, playing tunes from his major label debut Backatown.  Temperatures remain brutal, but what’s Bonnaroo without the heat?

Trombone Shorty

There's always something new at Bonnaroo. This year, introducing "Splash-a-roo" - basically, a big Slip n' Slide. Bet that water's clean...

 Throughout the weekend, we’ll be broadcasting special backstage performances and interviews from Bonnaroo.  Of couse, we’re on a 700-acre piece of farmland in the middle of nowhere.  You might be wondering how we set up and soundproof studios out here:

Yes, that's hay. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes perform live backstage. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

The XX backstage. Photo courtesy of Music Allies.

Wayne Coyne hanging backstage. Flaming Lips perform "Dark Side Of The Moon" tonight at midnight.

The party continues.  Follow along here on the Blogaroo and on 92-3 WTTS.


Bonnaroo ’10 — Survived The First Night!

We’ve made it and we’re still alive.  And boy, is it hot…  But that’s Bonnaroo for ya!  Laura and I arrived late last night into Manchester, TN.  WTTS is back for our 7th Bonnaroo (only missing the first two festivals).  In between the huge mud puddles, we caught some great live music from Temper Trap and Joshua James on night one. 

Joshua James

Joshua James Interview

We’re expecting temperatures well into the 90s today with chances of thunderstorms through the day (otherwise, a par-for-the-course Bonnaroo forecast).  Some of the live performances we’re looking forward to today:  Kings Of Leon, The National, Flaming Lips, and Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Laura and I will broadcast live this afternoon from 3-7pm from the Bonnaroo backstage studios.  We’ll have artist interviews, live performances and all the behind-the-scenes secrets that make Bonnaroo the festival it is.  Hope you tune in.  You’ll find cool Bonnaroo photos, artist interviews and more here on the Blogaroo.  Keep checking back over the weekend!

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