Record Store Day is like a one-day-a-year time machine. On Saturday, April 21, independent record stores around the country will be mobbed by music fans anxiously lining up to get their hands on actual pieces of plastic with musical information etched onto either side. We can't help it. After spending the rest of the year getting access to just about any piece of music we want without ever interacting with another human being, Record Store Day brings out the collector in us all.
And there's plenty to look forward to. A Flaming Lips double LP featuring guests as diverse as Ke$ha, Nick Cave and Bon Iver. A new St. Vincent single. A split seven-inch where Feist covers Mastodon on one side and Mastodon covers Feist on the other. The best thing about Record Store Day, though, is the way it offers not just a few recordings about which we can all agree, but something to make every fan go a little crazy in anticipation.
Here's proof: the geeks at NPR Music have gone through the complete list of hundreds of exclusive Record Store Day releases and picked out a baker's dozen that will have us lining up early on Saturday.
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Unrest is reissuing their amazing album, Perfect Teeth, on vinyl for Record Store Day.
All of Jukebox the Ghost's albums for Record Store Day are hand-drawn by the band.
Shabazz Palaces' Black Up was one of the best albums of last year. Their Record Store Day release finds the band performing live in Seattle.
There's a limited edition of 4200 vinyl copies of this archived version of "Dark Star" which can not be a coincidence.
Deerhoof and Of Montreal working together? It'll probably be a nice, quiet, non-weird album with no jolts of psychedelic rock at all.
Try to find a picture of Iggy Pop with a shirt on. I dare you.
According to my research this is the first reference to mclusky on All Songs Considered. About time!
Matt Chamberlain's music is described as "Ennio Morricone meets the Melvins meets Can" which is a strangest combination I've heard in a long time.
Marc Bolan's magnum opus is released in an extensive vinyl box set for Record Store Day.
24 artists created music, art and photography for Domino/Ribbon's new zine exclusive for Record Store Day.
Proceeds for this Record Store Day release go toward purchasing musical instruments for young children in Dudamel's native Venzuela.
The Money Store is the major label debut from Sacramento's Death Grips.