For vinyl junkies, there is little finer than an afternoon spent flipping through the stacks at your favorite record store, searching for a mint-condition original pressing, snapping up a 180g reissue of a must-have disc or getting the vinyl version of a hot new release just for the cover art. In an age where we can stream music 24/7 from the cloud, record collectors seek out a more tangible experience.
Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19) furthers that experience by offering RSD-only releases, including the aforementioned reissues, titles never available on vinyl before, new material from current bands and extra-special treats like picture discs and colored vinyl.
We pored over the list of more than 400 U.S.-only releases and selected a few of the albums we’d love to get our hands on. (Full disclosure: not all the videos are from albums available on Record Store Day, but they’ll give you an idea of the band’s sound).
If you haven’t heard Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings yet, prepare to be awestruck. Their debut album, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, is an infectious funk-soul record with a throwback sound that’s so authentic, you might think it’s from decades past. It’s also got a searing cover of a Janet Jackson song.
Way back in 1998, San Diegans Rob Crow and Zach Smith took a little break from their other bands to form Pinback. Then they dropped a beautifully simple, pensive debut album on a world of unsuspecting indie-rockers. And life was never the same.
There was a time in the ’90s when Oasis was the biggest band in THE WHOLE WORLD. In between bouts of tabloid-worthy sibling spats, the Brothers Gallagher and crew created some of the most memorable songs of the decade.
From around 2005 to 2011, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem pumped out the coolest, most New York-centric dance music around. Sadly, they called it quits in 2011, but—silver lining!—their nearly 4-hour farewell show at Madison Square Garden is now available in record form. Oh, and James is making his own coffee, too.
If Brian Eno has been a monk, this track from Alexander Tucker‘s eponymous debut album is what we imagine his chanting might have sounded like. That’s a compliment, by the way.