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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Die-hard audiophiles: Roll out early Saturday, April 20, and skip your leisurely breakfast-burrito routine in favor of black coffee to go—because you have a date with a long line of vinyl loyalists at your local mom ‘n’ pop record shop.
Founded in 2008, Record Store Day has become a national holiday for musicians and fans alike to show up in support of the physical, tangible experience of enjoying music. Check the official website for special appearances, participating stores—and of course, a cavalcade of rare, limited-edition record releases.
This year’s audio anomalies—most available at participating record stores only—include a new compilation from our Seattle neighbors at Sub Pop Records, re-issues by artists ranging from Miles Davis to Glasgow post-punks Orange Juice, a vinyl version of The Flaming Lips’ experimental 4 (simultaneous!)-disc opus Zaireeka, live gems by alt-metal vets Deftones, a cassette (remember those?) by MGMT, and even a Best Coast single sponsored by the makers of everyone’s favorite desert boot, Clarks. Catch a few previews below, and we’ll see you crate-digging mañana.