Captured Tracks has a long history of using Record Store Day as an opportunity to rescue lost classics from obscurity, giving them the packaging and presentation they deserve, and introducing them to a new audience. Last year, they kicked off a massive (and long-overdue) reissue campaign for New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label with RSD releases from The Bats and Snapper. The year before that, it was a host of gorgeously-presented box sets from Cleaners from Venus, Medicine, and Factory Records flagship band The Wake.
Their offerings for this year’s Record Store Day, taking place on April 19, continue that tradition. They’re led by a 7″ from unjustly-overlooked Long Island power poppers Milk ‘n’ Cookies, which serves as a preview of a full helping of Milk ‘n’ Cookies in the form of a 3xLP box set.
They’re also issuing 7′s from Bok Bok, a 1980 group featuring The Fall’s Karl Burns and Steve Garvey of the Buzzcocks, Skylon, featuring a 1981 song of the same name written by future-Jesus and Mary Chain member Philip King and his then-girlfriend Roxanne New to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the festival of Britain. A third 7″ is of a more recent vintage: a collaboration between Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum and Andreas Lagerstrom of Holograms under the group name The Snow.
They’re also dropping a pair of full-lengths: a tri-color LP from Medicine featuring a session recorded for the radio show Part Time Punks in 2013*, and LP from Cosmetics recorded in 2011 at the legendary Dub Narcotic studio in Olympia, Washington, which showcases the group at their most experimental.