Record Store Day Vol. 10
A lot of things don’t last; relationships, houseplants, and Trump’s presidency (hopefully). Yet in a world of breakups and deaths, one thing has last for a decade now. Come April 22nd, Record Store Day will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary creating awareness for independent vinyl shops and releasing some really dope and exclusive records. What once started out in the trendiest of towns in the United States now spans the globe and features parties, shows, and ridiculously long lines way too early in the morning. Hailed as “the single best thing that has ever happened” for independent record shops. The 2013 event was credited with the highest U.S. vinyl sales, and the 2014 edition resulted in independent retailers recording the highest percentage of physical album sales.
So why all the hullabaloo?
- If you love records then you just love Record Store Day plain and simple.
- RSD is a great way to turn digital downloaders into vinyl junkies with the hundreds of limited release discs.
- Every year there’s at least a few albums being re-released that you haven’t been able to find anywhere unless you drop a pretty penny.
- The mystery split is just that, a mysterious 45 with usually two awesomely contrasting artists. Who doesn’t love a good mystery Scoob?
- Mind-boggling duets and collaborations just for Record Store Day happen every year. For example, Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon) and Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding from Saved by Bell) dropped two hot tracks last year.
- Picture discs
- Never before on vinyl
You audiophiles are just salivating at the needle right now, aren’t you? Let these RSD ‘17 notable records feed that need for 33 RPM speed:
- Against Me – Stabitha Christie (Everything Laura Jane Grace does is punk, whether it’s being a badass frontwoman or mainstream advocate of transgender rights)
- Danny Brown – Ain’t It Funny (Such a funky rap track of his 2016 release, his annoying infectious voice is a party in all its own)
- Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (Once that bass line and dog barking hits…)
- The Offspring – The Offspring (Their FIRST album every from…. 1989? You’re old!)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot
- Sia – Spotify Sessions (Sorry but this chick is wicked good live.)
- Pineapple Express Soundtrack (The most eclectic stoner movie soundtrack has everything from Cypress Hill to Bell Biv Devoe)
- Space Jam Soundtrack (“Everybody get up it’s time to slam now, we got a real jam goin’ down. welcome to the Space Jam! It’s stuck in your head now, you’re welcome.”
- Corey Feldman – Go 4 It (He really needs the money and this version Features Snoop Dogg)
Wait, aren’t some of the best on the list missing? Well, yes, but only out of sheer posthumous respect. These artists will never be forgotten and can now be immortalized in your record collection forever with these exclusive commemorations:
- David Bowie – Cracked Actor (Full live performance from L.A. in 1974)
- Sharon Jones w/ E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders – Heaven Bound b/w Key to the Kingdom
- The Notorious B.I.G. – Born Again (Biggie’s estate hasn’t released full-length albums since they originally were pressed)
- Sublime – BADFISH (Yesterday was 4/20 so you’re prob still high and Sublime (w/out Rome) is always a pleasure
Are we forgetting someone? Nope! Prince get’s his own recognition because, well he’s Prince!
- Little Red Corvette/1999
- Sign O the Times
- I Wish You Heaven
- Batdance (From the first Tim Burton Batman movie, the entire soundtrack was written and recorded by The Artist.)
- Partyman (The scene in ‘Batman’ where Jack Nicholson’s Joker is redecorating the museum is the best!)
- Pop Life (Had nothing to do with popping pills. Too soon?)
- I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (No, Prince, you definitely could.)
Granted these are just a few of the awesome release that will leave you Brokeass AF but here’s the full list so you can decide how you’ll break the bank. Now that you have the list, find your local independent record store, cop a few vinyls, and support small business. Special recognition goes to Amoeba Records for always being great Record Store Day concierges to our fam in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood! So get out there and enjoy a day that brings together music fans and record enthusiasts together in one harmonious day of vinyl celebration. Oh, and don’t be a dick and buy to just flip on eBay.