Teeth grit in anticipation, fans of music everywhere have two major holidays to celebrate this weekend. The most obvious of course being Easter (what did you think I was going to say?), the other being the ever holy Record Store Day. Always held on the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day was founded in 2007, inspired by the spirit of Free Comic Book Day. As such, many artists are supporting their local record stores by scheduling special vinyl and CD releases to mark the occasion. Here are ten coming out April 19th that you shouldn’t miss out on.
1. The Doors
The first reissue since Jim Morrison’s death, Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine was originally produced in 1972 as the group’s second compilation.
2. Grateful Dead
Previously unreleased, you can now listen to the Grateful Dead’s first set at the legendary Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on 5/4/79.
3. The Flaming Lips
The ever creative, sometimes bordering on insane, minds of The Flaming Lips originally produced this 24-hour song in 2011 and it was marketed at the affordable price of $5,000, encased in a real human skull. Edited down to 50 minutes, the song will be put on vinyl for the first time.
4. The Glitch Mob
While the group is also planning on a record signing at Twist & Shout Records in Denver, they’re also commemorating RSD by putting out their debut album and EP on limited 3-colored starburst vinyl.
5. Jay-Z/Linkin Park
Admittedly, this is a bit of a guilty pleasure pick, but this reissue still brings back fond memories of this popular collaboration. The special edition blue vinyl pressing also comes with a DVD of the concert.
6. LCD Soundsystem
This special box set, available on RSD a month before it’s released anywhere else, brings to vinyl the unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem’s farewell show at MSG, clocking in at nearly four hours.
7. Pretty Lights
The Grammy nominated A Color Map of the Sun will have its four B-sides released on 10” double vinyl. These cuts, composed of originally produced music by electronic artist Derek Vincent Smith, will also include remixes by Odesza, Emancipator, Blue Sky Black Death, and Love and Light.
8. The Notorious B.I.G.
A reissue of Biggie’s second and tragically final studio album, it is an absolute monster of a record with hits like “Hypnotize” and “Going Back to Cali.”
9. Man Man
The group’s debut full length release, the album will be released on vinyl for the first time. While Man Man has eased up on the wacky nature of their sound, The Man in Turban with Blue Face exemplifies their experimental roots.
10. Ray Parker Jr.
Yes. It actually glows in the dark. That makes this vinyl that something strange in your neighborhood. So who you gonna call?