The ninth annual Record Store Day is set for April 16. On the heels of a lucrative year of vinyl sales, this year’s Record Store Day is certain to have music junkies lined up at their favorite emporiums to grab an armful of this year’s exclusive releases.
As is usually the case with Record Store Day, many of this year’s releases are limited and not all stores will get all titles. Those looking for some rarities, however, may want to hop in the queue bright and early April 16.
Some of the anticipated releases this year include a Grateful Dead four-LP release of Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77; Phish’s Hoist; a three-LP live Doors album titled Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance; and an expansive Flaming Lips eight LP box set, Heady Nuggs Vol. II Studio Albums 2006 – 2012. The latter includes the Lips albums, At War With The Mystics, Christmas On Mars, Embryonic, the Dark Side Of The Moon and the Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. One of the rarities available to a lucky few is Sublime’s first release from 1991, Jah Won’t Pay the Bills. The album has been remastered from original analog tapes and will be released in both cassette and vinyl form with a limited run of 420 of each. The entire shopping list can be found here.
Record Store Day began in 2008 as a celebration of independent record shops, a unicorn in the days of torrents and streaming services. It has grown to become a cornerstone day on the calendar for music fans and one that has spawned a sequel as well. There is now a Record Store Day on Black Friday each November.
Metallica has been chosen as this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador. In commemoration, they are releasing a live CD Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 recorded at the Paris club that was the site of the terrorist attacks during an Eagles of Death Metal show in November.
Reverend Horton Heat will release a 7″ single, “Hardscrabble Woman.” It received the animated treatment in this video below.