Apr 202012

(BadWolf brings us the news!)

In case you haven’t heard, tomorrow, April 21st, is Record Store Day, when all sorts of super-cool (mostly) vinyl releases will be available at record stores across the country for one day only.

In fairness, Record Store Day is some hipster shit—the vast majority of these releases are Pitchfork-approved independent releases, or classic rock re-issues. BUT!!! Participating stores will have two Mastodon split-7” records available, one with psych-rockers The Flaming Lips, and one with lo-fi loving singer-songwriter Feist

So far, the split with Feist has been hyped the hardest on metal blogs as well as indie blogs. And now, it’s streaming!


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I’m still going to purchase this release, although I’m not sure how often I plan on listening to it. Feist is hardly my favorite gypsy-muse, though her interpretation of “Black Tongue” creeps along while dripping opium-den atmosphere. As for Mastodon’s version of “A Commotion,” it’s a pretty cool number with a very subdued vocal approach. Trouble is, the chorus hits at the end and the song just spirals off until Brent Hinds gives us one of his (always sick) guitar solos.

Still, a very interesting experiment. If you want to compare to the originals here they are:


Personally, I’m more interested in hearing Mastodon’s cover of the Flaming Lips’ “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton,” from the wonderful Soft Bulletin record. I’ll be picking up both of those releases, as well as the Flaming Lips’ exclusive EP (featuring a ton of artists including Ke$ha, WTF!?) and Death Grips’ The Money Store album.

I think I’ll skip Metallica’s Beyond Magnetic vinyl, however . . .


  1. Hey now. I’m not a hipster but I still like Record Store Day cuz it means cheap records, ya dig?

  2. Pleasantly surprised by this split. Loved both tracks!

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