Record Store Day is coming soon! BA HiBiscuits wrote this overview of some of the Record Store Day releases that are most exciting to her. Support your local independent record store!
April 18th means a few things for me this year. For one, it’s springtime, so there probably won’t be cold weather in Chicago any more. Probably. Also, I will have already received my tax return from the government (thanks government!), so there will be a little extra in my bank account. Finally – and probably related to that last thing about having a little more money – it’s Record Store Day, a time to celebrate one of the most awesome vestiges of the past that somehow still remains popular (RIP video rental)… the independent record store, with a ton of new releases, limited edition vinyl, and in-store performances.
Record Store Day happens every year on the third Saturday of April and brings together artists, music lovers, and independent record stores from all over the world. It was founded in 2007 by a group of record store owners in Baltimore, all because one record store employee (from Bull Moose) thought it’d be really cool to do something like Free Comic Book Day, but for independent record stores instead of comic book stores.
He was right. It is really cool. My first Record Store Day was in 2013 – it wasn’t even really on purpose; I was walking down Milwaukee Ave. and saw a huge crowd of people in Reckless Records. People bobbing their heads as some bands I’ve never heard of played sets right in the middle of the store, people forming a huge line at the register… After about 45 seconds of just observing from outside, I became one of them. I didn’t end up buying anything. I didn’t even own a record player at that point. But it didn’t matter, because it was just really cool to feel connected to a whole crowd of music lovers (kind of how I feel on plug.dj, heh).
Even though people often think of record stores as a hip rocker and indie hangout, there’s something for everyone on Record Store Day. I’m mostly an indie rock fan, but because my musical tastes are kind of all over the place, I decided to cover a little bit of a bunch of different genres. Without further ado, here are some of the Record Store Day releases that I’m most excited about…
For 80s lovers: Both A-Ha and David Bowie are releasing 7-inch picture discs – I might walk out with “Take on Me” on vinyl. Never thought that’d happen in 2015! Tears for Fears is also releasing a 12” single with remixes of some of their classics, and perhaps the most exciting one for me is the Violent Femmes’ first release in 15 years, Happy New Year. It’s appropriately on champagne clear vinyl.
For some really smooth R&B, check this out: D’Angelo is releasing a couple of the tracks on the critically acclaimed (and super sexy) Black Messiah on 7-inch.
Hip-Hop fans should look out for J Dilla’s release of his classic single “F**k the Police” on 7-inch badge-shaped picture disc. It even comes in its own custom pocket! A$AP Rocky is also putting out a release, featuring the heavy track “Multiply” (with Juicy J).
For longtime indie music fans, The Decemberists are re-releasing Picaresque in honor of the album’s 10th anniversary on red vinyl – looking to get my hands on this one especially. Another 10th anniversary pressing is The White Stripes’ red and white vinyl version of Get Behind Me Satan.
Some highly anticipated electronic releases: Banks is releasing The Remixes Part 2, with work by names like Aeroplane and KiNK, and it even includes instrumental versions for all of you producers on plug.dj to play with. Avicii is also putting out a remix release of his 2014 EP The Days/The Nights with a broad spectrum of reworks.
Rockers will love the Foo Fighters’ 10-inch Songs from the Laundry Room, with demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a cover version of “Kids in America” (made famous by Kim Wilde, of course), and even an unreleased track. It’s no surprise that the Foo Fighters are putting out something so great – Dave Grohl is this year’s Record Store Day ambassador.
See the full list of Record Store Day releases here – some of these releases are region-specific, so there might be something really exclusive near you! What are you going to try to get your hands on for this year’s Record Store Day? Tell us in the comments.