Merge has announced its four Record Store Day releases, and yes, they're putting out something by Arcade Fire. (Record Store Day is on April 21 this year.)
Arcade Fire will release a special edition 12" with remixes of Suburbs album cuts "Sprawl II" and "Ready to Start" by the band and producer Damian Taylor (who has recently worked with Björk, Austra, and Robyn). The remix of "Sprawl II" can be heard in the interactive video, while the "Ready to Start" remix was originally a bonus cut from the deluxe edition of the album.
The label is also pressing Destroyer's 2006 opus Destroyer's Rubies on vinyl for the first time in the U.S. It features bonus track "Loscil's Rubies", a 20-minute long bonus song remixed by Scott Morgan, aka Loscil, who remixed the bonus songs on the vinyl release of Kaputt. The limited double LP will be on ruby red vinyl, natch, and include a digital download of the album.
Two weeks after the release of new album A Wasteland Companion, M. Ward's Record Store Day 7" includes one song from that album, "Primitive Girl", and two B-sides: "Roll Over Beethoven", a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, and "The Twist", which is not a cover. (M. Ward will also perform at Fingerprints in Long Beach on Record Store Day.)
Finally, the label will release Richard Buckner's first-ever 7", "Willow" b/w "Lost". It also comes with an exclusive downloadable cover of the Cars' "Candy-O". Listen to somber A-side "Willow" above.
Omg this is the most wonderful time of the year. Praying MGMT puts something out tbh!