Record Store Day preview: Odds and sods, Blitzen Trapper-style

Blitzen Trapper's Furr was among the best albums released in 2008. But how good was the stuff that didn't make the final cut? Fans will get a clue or two on Record Store Day, when the band issues a seven-inch single featuring two previously unreleased numbers: "War is Placebo" and "Booksmart Baby." Since Eric Early and company have been on quite a roll of late, these cast-offs are unlikely to disappoint.

Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.

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