Record Store Day releases out this Saturday: The Groundhogs, Tales Of Terror, Kristin Hersh and many more

Record Store Day 2021 sees Fire Records, Call Of The Void and AFAR putting some of the finest records back on the shelf.

This year’s releases includes a deluxe edition of The Groundhogs‘ ‘Who Will Save The World’ featuring the iconic artwork and interview with Neal Adams, Tales Of Terrors debut gets it’s first ever reissue, Maria McKee‘s ‘High Dive’ and ‘Live In Hamburg’ will be available for the first time, Pere Ubu‘s long lost ‘390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo V.21C’, a first pressing from Kristin Hershclassic reissues from Howe GelbJosephine Foster‘s highly collectable ‘Graphic As A Star’some super rare Bardo Pond, unissued and unreleased songs from Half Japanese‘s ‘Charmed Life’.

Please see below for full details on our 2021 releases and check Record Store Day’s website for more info.

Record Store Day Website

12th JUNE

The Groundhogs ‘Who Will Save The World (Deluxe Edition)’ – Fire Records
Tales Of Terror  ‘Tales Of Terror’ – Call Of The Void
Kristin Hersh ‘Wyatt At The Coyote Palace’ – Fire Records
Pere Ubu ‘390 Degrees of Simulated Stereo V.21C’ – Fire Records
Howe Gelb ‘Hisser’ – Fire Records
Half Japanese ‘I Guess I’m Living: The Charmed Life Tapes’ – Fire Records
Bardo Pond ‘Volume 1’ – Fire Records
Bardo Pond ‘Volume 2’ – Fire Records
Josephine Foster ‘Graphic As A Star’ – Fire Records
Maria McKee High Dive’ – Afar
Maria McKee ‘Live In Hamburg’ – Afar


The Groundhogs ‘Who Will Save The World’

A definitive collector’s item as part of the ongoing Fire Records catalogue campaign. This special reissue features the iconic artwork accompanied by a deluxe comic book insert, a bumper sticker and postcard, along with sleeve notes and an interview with the original Marvel artist Neal Adams. Also includes a bonus download of an unreleased live recording from their final live show in Pocono, USA.

Having scaled such heights, it’s perhaps no wonder that ‘Who Will Save The World’ saw them assuming mythical powers.



Tales Of Terror ‘Tales Of Terror’

Often cited as a major influence on the key bands of the grunge era (Nirvana, Melvins, Mudhoney etc.) Tales Of Terror’s one & only LP is an overlooked classic of 80s NorCal punk rock. Available for the first time in more than 30 years, Kurt Cobain’s 32nd-favourite-album-of-all-time is chaotic and charismatic in equal parts; the band’s story is tinged with tragedy, but the music they played was life-affirming.


Straight out of The Dead Boys/ Stooges school of intense, f**k-it-all, snarl and self-destruct. Recommended.



Kristin Hersh ‘Wyatt At The Coyote Palace’

Pressed on double gold vinyl. This sonically rich and fragmented record references to Hersh’s past material and sees her perform on guitar, bass, drums, piano, horns and cello. There’s a mysticism and sense of life wonderment throughout ‘Wyatt At The Coyote Palace’ that also has death as a central theme rather than the contemplation of death itself it’s reaching the end of something and beginning a new life.

As memoirs, her albums are so intensely personal... as art, they’re arguments for the value of unapologetic individuality



Pere Ubu ‘390 Degrees of Simulated Stereo V.21C’

A long lost and simply breath taking live Ubu collection culled from 1981 recordings in Cleveland, London and Brussels featuring the band’s original line up with Peter Laughner and Tim Wright. The sound of a band at their anarchistic and experimental best, twisting the mainstream for their own ends. A white-knuckle cascade through their formative inventiveness, a unique document, now fully remastered it includes songs from the ‘Datapanik’ EP and ‘The Modern Dance’ LP.

The lo-fi recordings almost always sounded better to us thanthe hi-fi recordings.

David Thomas


Howe Gelb ‘Hisser’

Classic solo album from Giant Sand’s main man Howe Gelb circa 1998, re-issued with new liner notes and remastered on cream vinyl. A catch-all collection from the much-travelled troubadour that brings together a wealth of personal recordings edited into an intriguing ponder wander through the man’s thinking. A truly intoxicating set of songs buoyed by Howe Gelb’s prosaic prose and effortless use of the mind-bending one-liner

'Hisser' is the vision of a truly unique and engaging talent, and in its pure heart and soul lies a masterpiece.

College Music Journal


Half Japanese ‘I Guess I’m Living: The Charmed Life Tapes’

All-enveloping superbly alternative third take of 1988’s ‘Charmed Life’ featuring previously unissued versions and a half dozen previously unreleased songs, reissued on yellow vinyl. Released for the first time on vinyl with a homage to Madonna and a host of punky-grunge anthems. The original ‘Charmed Life’ album was hailed by both AllMusic and Quietus as their most commercial album to date. Featuring the band’s unique versions of Dylan’s ‘Please Crawl Out Your Window’, two Jimmy Reed gems and the country standard ‘T For Texas’. Including extensive liner notes and interviews with Jad and David Fair and Mark Jickling.

It might sound silly to call any shambling rock band a "machine", especially one that practically invented shambling. But in the late 1980s, Half Japanese were a song machine.



Bardo Pond ‘Volume 1’

Super rare self-released recordings from 2000, from the Philadelphia psych rockers; a must-have insight into their long, strange trips. Collated from a limited run original CDr, remastered and double-dosed for maximum sound. A viral jam session remastered onto vinyl for the very first time. The missing link between John Cage’s 4’33” and Merzbow’s ultimate noise; a grinding cacophony tempered with motorik precision. A deconstructed masterclass that concludes with the mystical rampage of ‘Into Something Else’, a ten-minute slice of sludge blues at its gnarliest.

Immerse yourself in the gloopily transcendental pleasures of the world’s finest purveyors of psych-rock magnificence.

The Quietus


Bardo Pond ‘Volume 2’

A second super rare volume of trippy meandering from the Philadelphia psych rockers; a must-have insight into their long, strange trips from 2001. A viral jam session remastered for the very first time on Translucent Smoke vinyl. Guitars wail, Isobel Sollenberger intones, magic occurs.

Their slowpoke psychonaut scuzz has floated into all sorts of strange places.



Josephine Foster ‘Graphic As A Star’

Originally released in 2009, this highly collectable record is now back on vinyl for the first time in over a decade. ‘Graphic As A Star’ joins the poems of iconic 19th century American writer Emily Dickinson with the crafted esoteric sounds of Josephine Foster. Laying melodies with a burnished soulfulness like the purple sunsets often described in Dickinson’s literature, it has an effortless and intricate acoustic sound that provides a delicate backdrop for the lyrics. ‘Graphic As A Star’ is a beautiful traditional song cycle featuring 26 poems accompanied by guitar and blues harmonica of early 20thcentury American Folk.


★★★★ AllMusic


Maria McKee ‘High Dive’

First time on double vinyl for this buried treasure from the legendary singer/songwriter. The post-Geffen string-driven classic including a re-imagining of the gorgeous ‘Life Is Sweet’ set in a glorious baroque pop setting that elevates her songs into a Sondheim-esque gravity. An overlooked masterpiece from the heady days of 2003 that remains timeless and just as poignant today. A brave and challenging recording that set the tone for her most recent success. Remastered from the original sound source.


Record Collector


Maria McKee ‘Live In Hamburg’

First time on vinyl for this classic follow up to 2003’s buried treasure ‘High Dive’. An intimate and soulful soiree with McKee and band extending the envelope from baroque pop to symphonic glories. Remastered for maximum audio clarity; elevating McKee’s ‘High Dive’ originals -plus the classics ‘Life Is Sweet’ and ‘This Perfect Dress’ -to new dramatic highs. A sublime live opus from one of the world’s great songwriters and most captivating voices.

McKee has always possessed two gifts as a lyricist, her ability to make all images completely vivid and her naked compassion and empathy.