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The best picks of Record Store Day 2012

The Flaming Lips, the Numero Group, Gorillaz and Mastodon lead the pack in this year’s toast to the mom-and-pop music shop.

The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
The masters of the gimmick record step up with a goofy new LP. If titles like “Helping the Retarded to Know God” and “I’m Working at NASA on Acid” don’t make you curious, the list of collaborators will. It’s a WTF roster including Chris Martin, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha and Biz Markie. Oh, and the last two appear together. Gotta hear that.

Various artists
WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze
Local record geeks Numero Group are setting up a pop-up shop in Empty Bottle, where you can nab this collection of outsider yacht rock and lite funk. Archie James Cavanaugh’s “Take It Easy” sounds like your creepy uncle with the van covering Hall & Oates.

Mastodon/Feist
Mastodon/Feist 7”
Tired of being quiet, Feist flashes her metal horns by covering Mastodon’s howl-at-the-moon “Black Tongue.” The burly headbangers return the favor by tackling her “A Commotion.”

Lee Hazlewood
The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968–71)

Best known for his work with Nancy Sinatra, the baritone was one strange, swingin’ cowboy. His Hollywood Western sound echoed Gainsbourg. This set features Ann-Margret and a bunch of nude women in fake mustaches.

Gorillaz
Do Ya Thing 10"
Damon Albarn recently proclaimed Gorillaz dead, which makes this gonzo collabo with James Murphy and André 3000 the last taste of the cartoon act. The 13-minute cosmic freak-out is limited to 500 copies.

The Pharcyde
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde: The Singles Collection

A lost classic from 1992, the South Central L.A. rap crew got slapstick as often as it got sentimental. The reissue comes bundled as seven seven-inches, with a 120-piece puzzle. Oh, and when opened, the box says, “Oh, shit!” That’s Hallmark card technology put to ideal use.

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