RECORD STORE DAY
IT’S EASY TO GET LOST IN THE VOLUME OF RELEASES, BUT NEVER FEAR, WE’RE HERE TO TELL YOU WHAT TO SPEND YOUR PENNIES ON…
ON APRIL 22, over 230 independent record shops across the UK – and thousands more across the world – will open their doors just like any other Saturday. But on this particular day, there’ll be queues of people hoping to get their hands on rare vinyl made exclusively for the 10th Record Store Day – a yearly celebration of the best kind of shop.
This year, which is supported by BBC Music, will feature over 500 releases featuring bands and artists from absolutely every musical genre you can imagine.thinking of getting involved but don’t know where to start? We’ve combed the list to bring you the best 10 records released that day. Be prepared to wrestle if you want to get your paws on any of this lot…
1 MALLORY KNOX – WIRED
this seven-inch features the title-track of Mallory Knox’ new album and is backed with a demo version of 89. It’s available on transparent green vinyl and comes with a poster, too.
2 BABYMETAL – METAL RESISTANCE
Metal Resistance is the second album from Babymetal. Come Record Store Day, it’ll be available in limited quantities as a double picture disc. a sweet RSD exclusive, there.
3 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – DON’T NEED YOU
this 2016 single has been shrunk down to a transparent red 10-inch. Don’t listen to the etched B-side, though, as it’ll absolutely wreck your stylus.
4 THE KUT – KUT EP
limited to an eye-twitching 500 copies, this ep by london-based grunge trio the Kut features the songs I Want you Maniac, Bad Man, I Don’t Need therapy and Mario. It’s available as a picture disc. Nice.
5 MAYHEM – DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS
you can read about this influential black metal album on p53. Own it on a limited-edition picture disc and watch that church spin around as evil spills from your speakers. a re-issue of their 1987 ep Deathcrush is also available as a picture disc on the day.
6 PEARL JAM – STATE OF LOVE AND TRUST / BREATH
these songs first appeared on the 1992 film Singles soundtrack. Fun fact: actor Matt Dillon’s wig in the film is made from some of eddie Vedder’s hair. Here are the songs on a gatefold seven-inch. Hair not included.
7 GINGER WILDHEART – CLOUT EP
this 10-inch was available for those who’d subscribed to the Geordie’s Songs & Words pledge in 2015. Here it is, on white vinyl with five prints and is limited to just 1,000 copies.
8 GERARD WAY – INTO THE CAVE WE WANDER
Originally given away on cassette at New york Comic Con in 2016, here’s another chance to own two new Gerard Way songs on a 12-inch picture disc. Into the Cave We Wander and Pogi’s Cavern were both co-written with former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray toro and only 5,000 copies exist. Plus, you get a 32-page comic and a poster, too! Get queuing now, basically.
9 SUGAR – COPPER BLUE
this alt.rock classic was released 25 years ago, and to celebrate it’s been lovingly re-pressed onto three slabs of delicious vinyl. the opening riff to Helpless is worth the price alone. Double that, even.
10 AGAINST ME! – STABITHA CHRISTIE
you’ll have to catch a flight to the U.S. to stand a chance of getting a hold of this seven-inch picture disc, which features two brand-new tracks: Stabitha Christie and First High Of the Morning. there’s only 4,000 of these in the world, so good luck.