Chad Rad's personal stash of Record Store Day must-haves 

A short list of 2011's essential picks, from the Beach Boys to Bad Brains

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Fela Kuti, "Monday Morning in Lagos" pts. 1 and 2 — Knitting Factory/MRI reissue of the 1971 Nigerian cuts by the king of Afrobeat, remastered from the original Mono recordings.







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Flaming Lips, Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 — Extravagant and expensive-as-hell five-LP collection covering the Flamer's records from Hit to Death in the Future Head to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.






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Gorillaz, The Fall — Fifteen songs that Damon Albarn recorded on his iPad between shows.








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Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead — The psychedelic jug band's debut is filled with barreling blues/rock experiments. Not its brightest moment, but "Cream Puff War" and "Sitting On Top of the World" are catchy little numbers.







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Grinderman, "Evil" and "Palaces of Montezuma" 12-inches — Nick Cave and Co. released two U.K.-only singles from Grinderman 2 for RSD. Rumor has it a few landed stateside.





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Freddy King, "Wash Out" b/w "Butterscotch" — Two alternative takes of instrumental blues magic from the Texas Cannonball himself.








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Mumford & Sons/Laura Marling, Dharohar Project 10-inch — Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling team up with Rajasthani folk musicians in Delhi for this pretty, somewhat pretentious collab.







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Nirvana, Hormoaning EP — Visceral Australian tour EP from '92, recorded mostly for a John Peel session. Covers include "Turnaround" (Devo), "Son of a Gun" and "Molly's Lips" (the Vaselines), and "D-7" (the Wipers). This is a must-have. Sonic Youth's Whore's Moaning Australian tour EP from '93 (also re-released for RSD 2011) makes an excellent companion piece.





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Roy Orbison, "Only the Lonely" b/w "Oh Pretty Woman (live)" — Mono mixes of two of Roy's heartbreaking baritone standards.







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Panda Bear, Tomboy — The T-shirt bundle package is kind of annoying, and you can already buy this on white vinyl. But if you want the blue vinyl you have to play the game.







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The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar" b/w "Bitch" and "Let It Rock" 7-inch — Two Sticky Fingers-era cuts reissued with a cover of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock."







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Superchunk/Coliseum, "Horror Business" b/w "Bullet" split 7-inch — Nineties' indie rock leftovers Superchunk and hardcore/metal brutes Coliseum offer respective takes on classic Misfits' cuts.







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The Velvet Underground, "Foggy Notion" b/w "I Can't Stand It" — Two solid cuts that show the Velvets settling in with new bassist Doug Yule.







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