The list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork. These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 22. Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this world, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, there’s a poster out there with a kitten in an adorable but precarious situation that says so. And so is our list.
*There are three categories on this list. These are them:
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE. These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.
*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/21 or 4/22 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.
*We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store and let them know what you might be looking for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s a good place to start. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?
*You may notice that the artwork for these titles is watermarked this year. That's a small attempt to take a swipe out of the advance auction site market. When you see a title listed on an auction site before RSD, it's almost CERTAINLY someone who has listed something they do not have in hand, and can't guarantee they will have in hand, because they're going out to a store to try and get it on 4/22 like everyone else. They call it a "pre-order" but since they're not getting distributed to, it's not a pre-order. It's more like a scam, really. We work very hard to investigate the listings and in the tiny percentage of the time over the past ten years that it has been a store behind it, there have been serious implications for that store. It is almost always someone taking advantage of the excitement of Record Store Day and the releases. Which is the same thing that happens when a cool shoe, car, dress, cookie or anything else is released. We may not stop it altogether, but we can make it a little harder for them. Thus, the watermarked art.
We don’t control what gets released in which countries. Someday, every release will be available everywhere without issues (we hope!) but that day’s not today. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Record Store Day sites in other countries.
RSD UK: HERE
RSD IRELAND: HERE
RSD GERMANY: HERE
RSD BELGIUM: HERE
RSD NETHERLANDS: HERE
RSD FRANCE: HERE
RSD MEXICO: HERE
RSD ITALY: HERE
RSD SPAIN: HERE
RSD AUSTRALIA: HERE
RSD JAPAN: HERE
RESONANCE RECORDS AND RECORD STORE DAY
There are three groups of people who make up Record Store Day: those who run the stores, those who shop in the stores and those who make sure there's music in the stores. That last group includes musicians and labels. We don't always hear about what Record Store Day means to labels, so we appreciated this video that Resonance Records sent our way. Resonance is a "young label with an impressive sense of mission", according to the New York Times, and itself proclaims that it's a non-profit jazz label with a mission. Their releases for Record Store Day certainly attest to their standards, their mission, and the quality of their releases. Look for these on vinyl in a record store on Record Store Day 2017:
WAR ON DRUGS ON RSD
Their Record Store Day 2017 release, a 45 RPM 12" called Thinking of A Place is the first new music from War On Drugs since 2014. A little preview here! Get it at a record store on Saturday!
Three CERTIFIED classics in record stores for Record Store Day
Big L - Devil's Son EP (From The Vaults)
Soul Assasins - Mugg Presents…The Soul Assassins Chapter 1
Varous Artists - Giant Single: Profile Records Rap Anthology V1
THE HEAD AND THE HEART PREMIERE
The Head and The Heart are celebrating Record Store Day with the release of the STINSON BEACH SESSONS LP, available at record stores starting on 4/22. We're celebrating with the premiere of the song "Bluebird" from that very same RSD release.
"After 6 months away from the road, the 6 of us got together to start working on new music, which became what you now know as ‘Signs of Light’. The first writing session was held at a home studio in Stinson Beach, Ca. 'Bluebird' was an old unfinished song of mine that finally clicked with everyone during our time in California. It's a favorite of ours and we hope you enjoy it as well!” - Jon, The Head and the Heart
LIKE A DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR
Leonard Cohen's "Did I Ever Love You" recorded at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on March 29, 2017 during an event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day and the release on 4/22/17 of Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir: Record Store Day Celebrates The Music of Leonard Cohen. Korey Dane's studio version of this song is one of eleven tracks newly recorded for the compilation.
ELTON JOHN 17-11-70
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, Sir Elton John has been named the first worldwide Record Store Day Legend. His love of physical media and the brick and mortar record stores who sell it is pretty well known, and he's helping us commemorate this tenth Record Store Day by releasing his favorite live album 17-11-70, in an expanded edition for the first time. And he's also waxing poetic about the format he loves and the stores he loves to get it from.
THE BEATLES ON RECORD STORE DAY
The Anniversary editions of The Beatles' classic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are coming to record stores on May 26, but just like back in 1967, a very special 7" is going to be there first. A limited edition 7" of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" joins the list of exclusive releases coming to record stores on April 22 to celebrate ten years of Record Store Day.
HOUSE OF JOY
"House of Joy" was what Jamaicans called the big wooden speakers that powered the early dancehalls. This Record Store Day box set is sort of its own house, packed with rare Studio One singles and a lot of other joyful things.
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM tell their story in the film The Man In The Camo Jacket and the vinyl soundtrack comes to record stores on Record Store Day, April 22. The film covers Mike's life from starting The Alarm to his battle with cancer to the founding of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Mike can actually tell you more about it than we can, so watch him do so.
This is what happens when the Truckers drive by Electric Lady Studios, stop and play a while. Coming to participating record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.
Drive-by Truckers - Electric Lady Sessions
'TIME' FOR VALERIE JUNE
The new album THE ORDER OF TIME is in record stores now, so those of you who picked up the special 7" single need to pull out the special coupon inside and go use it on the full length record. Didn't get the single? Record stores will still happily sell you the Dan Auerbach-produced album from the woman Rolling Stone calls "Memphis' Messenger of Love-Born Blues".
CELEBRATE GEORGE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR RECORD STORE FRIENDS
George Harrison's birthday falls 2/25 and on 2/24 the world gets the present when twelve solo album reissues and the Vinyl Collection box set make their way to record stores.
A few of those stores are celebrating both, with George Harrison Listening/Birthday Parties
Head to one of these stores to attend, and record stores around the country who have newly refreshed George Harrison Vinyl Sections.
GRIMEY'S NEW & PRELOVED MUSIC 9 AM
RECORD ARCHIVE 4 PM
TWIST AND SHOUT 5 PM
SILVER PLATTERS 6 PM
MUSIC MILLENNIUM 3 PM
WATERLOO RECORDS 5 PM
HOMER'S 6 PM
FROTH IN RECORD STORES
Froth release their new album OUTSIDE (BRIEFLY) this week and it's pretty clear they want you to get it at a record store. There's a limited edition yellow vinyl version that you can ONLY get at record stores (briefly) and you'll find the band themselves performing in these record stores shortly:
2/24 Portland OR Music Millennium 6 PM
2/25 Seattle WA Everyday Music (Capitol Hill) 2 PM
3/5 San Diego CA M-Theory 12 Noon
3/10 Las Vegas NV Zia 6 PM
3/11 Phoenix AZ Stinkweeds 4 PM
3/17 Dallas TX Good Records 4 PM
3/18 Houston TX Cactus 1 PM
3/21 Tucson AZ Zia 6 PM
ST. VINCENT: RECORD STORE DAY 2017 AMBASSADOR
In 2009, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal created it. Since then, the title of Record Store Day Ambassador has been held by Homme, Ozzy, Iggy, Grohl, Jack, Chuck and JamesKirkLarsRobert.
For Record Store Day 2017, the honor goes to St. Vincent. "It is with deep honor and humility that I accept this ambassadorship. Rest assured I do not take my duties lightly."
We're pretty honored, too.
JASON ISBELL FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2017
While we're still working on the details of the official List, and it will be a few more weeks before we're ready to share, Jason Isbell is letting us give you a sneak peek of the EP he's got ready for record stores on April 22. A live set from the Nashville recording studio Welcome to 1979.
* Vinyl Tuesday is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.
COMING TO RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY MARCH 14th!
Enya - The Celts
Enya - Amarante
Enya - A Day Without Rain
COMING TO RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY MARCH 21st!
Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
Ben Folds - Songs For Siverman
RUN THE JEWELS RTJ3 LISTENING PARTIES
The new album is out 1/13 and record stores across the country are celebrating with listening parties---and that means food and special RTJ swag contests, as well as the special indie vinyl edition of the record. Get yourself to a record store:
Friday, January 13
Cactus Music - Houston, TX - 5pm
Waterloo Records - Austin, TX - 7pm
Park Ave CDs - Orlando, FL - 7pm
Grimey's - Nashville, TN - 11am
Music Millennium - Portland, OR - 6pm
Twist & Shout - Denver, CO - 3pm
Easy Street Records - Seattle, WA - 7pm
RHINO RECORDS START YOUR EAR OFF RIGHT
Rhino Records' yearly calendar is pretty legendary and you can get your own copy of this sought-after collection of music and artist trivia and important 2017 dates (like April 22!), while they last at a participating record store. Look out for great new Vinyl Tuesday releases from Rhino all month long too!
Dreamers is an LA three piece whose cosmic rock debut THIS ALBUM DOES NOT EXIST is in record stores now. They've made a video for each track on it and Record Store Day is proud to premier the 11th in the 12 part series: "Come Down Slow" The video was directed and animated by Andrew Ralph, from a concept inspired by the painter Hieronymous Bosch, with footage filmed by the band on their iPhones.
Get THIS ALBUM DOES NOT EXIST in record stores now. Catch DREAMERS on tour with The Griswolds in early 2017.
MAKING MUDDY MUSIC TOGETHER
A girl from Texas who found herself in Nashville by way of the Delta, photography and the Grateful Dead, and a girl raised on Brooklyn hip-hop who sang with Alicia Keys and John Legend make an unusual pair, but that's part of the beauty of Muddy Magnolias. Debut album is in record stores now on CD and Vinyl. Hear how these two came together in the first place from the direct source.
GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS RECORD STORIES
BADMOTORFINGER AND SOMETHING TO CARRY IT IN
Soundgarden's third studio album has now been out for 25 years and it's time to celebrate with a deluxe CD package, a CD/BluRay and a double vinyl set, waiting at a record store near you. And while they last, a tote bag to carry them home in, free with purchase. (DISCLAIMER) (CD Third option) (DELUXE Third Option) (LP Third Option) (Super Deluxe Third Option)
ALICE COOPER LIVE FROM A RECORD STORE
WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PAST!
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Click here for the RSD Archives
Sometimes there are little bonuses for buying your records at a brick and mortar record store! These special things are available at participating stores, with the purchase of specific records, while they last. (DISCLAIMER)
STREET DATE 3/10 LAURA MARLING This tote bag is available while they last, when you buy the new record SEMPER FEMINA. (DISCLAIMER)
STREET DATE 3/31 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS A silvery poster seems just right to commemorate the DVD/BLURAY release of ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING, a film about the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' latest record. (DISCLAIMER)