Jennifer: First on my list is Dolly Parton “Blue Smoke” because who doesn’t want a sneak peak into Dolly’s new album? Also Tears for Fears “Ready Boys and Girls.” I don’t listen to ’80s music ironically, I listen because I love it, which means I love Tears for Fears, and I’m intrigued to see what Arcade Fire, Hot Chip and Animal Collective do with their songs. Lastly, Sam Cooke “Ain’t That Good News” because everyone needs more soul.
Sarah: If there is one RSD release I’m willing to put up a fight for, it’s Pinback’s first full-length album that has never before been released on vinyl until now. I love all things Pinback, including the entirety of this album, which features one of my favorite Pinback tracks “Loro.” I also wouldn’t mind snagging Death Cab for Cutie’s RSD release—a live album of their 2012 tour with Magik*Magik Orchestra, seeing as how I stand forever in awe of Ben Gibbard. As an added nugget of gold, the record includes multiple “Transatlanticism” tracks.
Jason: This year I am really hoping to get my hands on Built to Spill “Ultimate Alternative Wavers” 12,” the kind of surprising split from Sunny Day Real Estate and Circa Survive (which features Sunny Day’s first new recording since 2000) and Gram Parsons “Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel.”
Samantha: Aside from finally purchasing a record player, my RSD wish list includes Conor Oberst “Hundreds of Ways/Fast Friends,” Regina Spektor “You’ve Got Time” (especially since I’m a recent Orange is the New Black convert), Man Man “The Man in Turban With Blue Face” and The Dresden Dolls “The Dresden Dolls.” I’d also be failing my super nerdy high school days if I didn’t try to pick up Bis’ new “Data Panik Etcetera.”
Jessica: Is “I want everything” an acceptable answer? Probably not, so I’ll go with The Pogues “Live with Joe Strummer,” the Brian Jonestown Massacre/The Magic Castles split, Donny Hathaway “Live at the Bitter End 1971,” Jake Bugg “Live at Silver Platters” and Fishbone’s 12.” If there’s any money left over, I’d be happy to also score Of Montreal’s “Satanic Panic” and The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. 7” Side By Side Series. And about 10 other things.
Hana: First up, I want Gram Parsons “180 Gram: Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel.” Also on my list is Notorious B.I.G “Life After Death” because I still don’t own any Biggie and that’s a damn shame, Man Man “The Man in Turban With Blue Face,” (because if I got a coffee and put this on, I think it could inspire some intense house cleaning) and “A Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood” (various artists). I want to dance around my house to this and pretend I’m in a remixed version of “The Darjeeling Limited.”
Joani: I haven’t missed a Death Cab for Cutie tour in ten years except for the 27-date run they did with Magik*Magik Orchestra, so of course my top priority on RSD will be getting my Gibbard-loving hands on a copy of “Live 2012.” And yes, I know there are only 4,000 copies up for grabs, but that isn’t going to stop me from trying to get one. After I secure my prize, I might also try and hunt down the Conor Oberst release and Vitamin String Quartet’s cover of “Pinkerton.” I have the album they did of Death Cabs songs (I told you I was a super fan) and I’d love to hear their take on Weezer’s classic.