Every year local record stores are celebrated around the world, with this year's Record Store Date on April 16th.
For years, record stores were home of magical moments for everyone who loves music. Back in the day, most would end up taking home a new record solely based on it's cover! And besides the radio, it was really the only way to get into new music back then.
With modern technologies, between digital files and music streaming services creating what is apparently called a "throwaway culture", and local record stores closing down and a rather slow rate, those that still stand, RSD tries to remind people, at least once a year, that they can still count on them for access to music and possibly other media. It's all about the experience!
A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to get the RSD exclusive Guardians of The Galaxy soundtrack on tape, just like in the movie! It's one of those special relics that are only possible because of this very date.
With a huge selection of exclusive releases planned for this very special date, I'll leave you with some of the titles I'm looking forward to:
Everything David Bowie
With his recent death still making waves in the music community, it was obvious that this RSD would have a few of Bowie's best. With The Man Who Sold The World with it's German artwork on a picture disc, the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Station To Station, with the release of a 7" single of TVC15 or six tracks recorded for Pye in 1966, this is truly going to be a fan-favorite.
Bring Me The Horizon Live From Maida Vale 7"
Recorded Live from Maida Vale Studios for BBC1, british metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon are releasing this special picture disc with two track off their latest album That's The Spirit.
Deftones B-Sides & Rarities
For the first time ever on vinyl, this compliation of some of the hidden tracks of Deftones will be a safe bet until Gore comes out later this year. Contains of the best Duran Duran cover of The Chauffeur you'll ever hear.
The Doors Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance
Featuring the first night of a two night stand at the Aquarius Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, this is a must-have for any Doors fan. Probably of the most underrated live albums ever recorded, since it doesn't appear too often on lists of the kind.
Focus Hocus Pocus
Focus's most know song on a 7" yellow vinyl, with the album version and a US version. Whatever they're singing, it roughly translates to "You need this in your collection".
Iron Maiden Empire of The Clouds
With The Book of Souls tour currently happening, Iron Maiden's 21-minute epic Empire of The Clouds gets a 7" picture disc treatment, with the B-Side being an exclusive interview about the making of the song!
Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
There's absolutely nothing more punk-rock than a picture disc version of the most British punk rock album ever recorded. Unless it was a cassette tape...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens March of the Resistance/Rey's Theme (Millennium Falcon)
You remember those songs that gave you goosebumps while you went back to the Star Wars universe? Well, not only will they sound amazing on vinyl, they look amazing as a very limited edition picture vinyl.
Various Artists From Dusk 'Till Dawn
One of my favorite vampire movies happens to be my favorite George Clooney and Robert Rodriguez flick as well! In an all glorious vinyl 2 LP edition, with an amazing cover and includes iconic song After Dark by Tito & Tarantula. Be cool!
Wolf Alice Leaving You/White Leather
Breakout band of 2015, Wolf Alice, never gave single Leaving You a full release, so they decided that RSD would be the perfect opportunity to release the song, along with the bands favorite B-side, White Leather.
The artwork is created by Eden Sailor.
Metallica Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003
With the tragic events of the Bataclan shooting in Paris back in November still feeling a little close to home, many bands are releasing recorded tracks live from French venues. But I picked this one, because Metallica are this year's RSD Ambassadors and are releasing a very special edition of their concert in that very venue from 2003.
UPDATE: More releases have been announced by the British counterpart of RSD, including a few more must-have releases!
Mike Oldfield Nuclear
Fan of Hideo Kojima's stealth videogame Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be delighted to have this 7" limited edition picture vinyl of the song selected to play along the first footage of the game, played at E3 in 2014.
Cult of Luna Vertikal I & II
Inspired by all your favorite sci-fi movies, Vertikal I & II are two prime examples of the amazing post-metal the Swedish outfit create, along 3LP. An absolute must-have.
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Because it's probably a thing now, re-releasing iconic albums on cassete tape seems to be a step backwards in music technology, but it does for sure make as a cool collectable, specially if you're a fan. So why not keep one of Manson's most controversial albums on your shelf to admire whenever you want!
These are my picks for this year's Record Store Day! Remember to visit the website here and see what stores are part of the initiative!