Record Store Day Top 25: Sights for Sore Ears

As you’re well aware from our post last year, Record Store Day is a huge deal. And while a solid 33% of the joy that is vinyl lies in listening to your old favorites and latest finds (get a record player, guys), another crucial third of the experience lies in owning a tangible artifact that you can see, smell and touch. We can’t offer smell-o-vision (yet), but keep reading to see the eye-catching artwork that fronts 25 of our top picks available in very limited quantities tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, aka Record Store Day 2014.

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Did you notice our math above didn’t add up? That’s because the final third of the record-collecting experience lies in the thrill of the hunt. The albums below (and above) are selected using the same methodology as in-person crate-digging: They’re a mix of can’t-pass-up classics, new favorite bands, and obscurities with killer cover art.

Now it’s your turn. Visit Record Store Day’s official website to find a participating shop near you, set your alarm early to make sure you get a copy of your coveted rare edition—and if you have an extra minute (or 55) on your hands, listen to this dude’s ruminations on 2014’s exclusive releases (and the obscure shades of vinyl they come in).

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Pick #1 (up top): Mudhoney On Top of the Space Needle!
Remember when this happened in our hometown of Seattle last summer? We do.

#2: David Bowie

#3: Various Artists, Dunedin Double

#4: Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Sakamoto

#5: Devo

#6: Sun Ra

#7: The Animals

#8: ††† (Crosses)

#9: Little Dragon

#10: LCD Soundsystem

#11: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

#12: Gram Parsons

#13: Fishbone

#14: Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes

#15: Creedence Clearwater Revival

#16: Haim

#17: Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band

#18: Public Enemy

#19: Conor Oberst

#20: Rick James

#21: The Ramones

#22: Jaco Pastorius

#23: Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters

#24: Henry Mancini, Pink Panther

#25: Various Artists (Beach House, Youth Lagoon, more), The Space Project

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • David April 20, 2014, 1:40 pm

    What? No Allman bros. band on the list. Just picked it up and it is fantastic

  • Anonymous April 21, 2014, 7:18 am

    you gotta be kidding!

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 23, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Hi Anonymous,
    We’re not kidding! In fact take this very seriously. We first pulled over 100 RSD titles, and had a very hard time narrowing it down to 25. As stated above, our final picks are a mix of classics new and old, as well intriguing covers with high curb appeal—this being an art post as well as a music one. Let us know what you think we missed.
    —Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 23, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Hi David – That one caught our eye as well! As you know, with so many interesting RSD titles, it’s practically impossible to narrow the field. Glad you were able to grab a copy!
    —Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

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