Don’t worry so much about any of the more strict and tedious holidays that are coming up this spring. The only holiday that music fans should really be counting down to is Record Store Day on April 22. The annual, one-day event returns for another year next month, and will be full of awesome music, exclusive colored vinyls and some pretty rocking in-store performances led by this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador in St. Vincent.
On Tuesday, the organizers of RSD released the official list of exclusive releases that will only be available for purchase at local record stores around the world next month. “The List,” as the official website calls it, includes limited presses of unreleased and reissued albums and singles that will be flying off the shelves pretty quickly. So to get fans excited and help make life a little less stressful, here are some exclusive Record Store Day releases that fans should try their best to pick up next month.
The Atomic Bomb Band - The Atomic Bomb Band (Performing the Music of William Onyeabor)
Back in 2014, Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab became the surprise bandleader for an all-star group of rotating musicians known as The Atomic Bomb Band! The group consisting of David Byrne (Talking Heads), Money Mark (the Beastie Boys), Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) to name a few, came together to record and perform the music of iconic African songwriter and musician William Onyeabor. Gallab spoke about the project in a recent interview with AXS, and Onyeabor’s influence can be heard all over Sinkane’s new album, Life & Livin’ It.
The War On Drugs - Thinking of A Place
The War On Drugs took a huge step forward with the highly acclaimed 2014 release of Lost in the Dream. The LP, which hauntingly chronicled Adam Granduciel’s struggle with insomnia and cabin fever, ended up on numerous end of the year Best Of lists. Thinking of a Place will be the band’s first release of new music to follow up their 2014 album, and will be available on 45 rpm-mastered vinyl.
Ken Kesey - The Acid Test
Attending a concert on the upcoming John Mayer or Dead & Company tours this spring and summer? Dive right back into the world of the Grateful Dead with this album by famed author Ken Kesey. Kesey was one of the leaders of the counterculture scene in the San Francisco area throughout the 1960s. It was at his infamous ‘Acid Test’ parties where The Grateful Dead would act as the house band and began building what would become the most iconic fanbase in music history.
The Offspring - The Offspring
The Offspring may not be dominating the radio airwaves like they once did, but their Southern California skate punk sound helped pave the way for the emergence of pop-based punk bands throughout the 1990s. Their debut album will be reissued on a blue transparent vinyl, making for the perfect purchase to familiarize yourself with the band once again before they hit the hard rock festival circuit this summer.
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Legendary Stooges frontman Iggy Pop teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita, as well as Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders for this 2016 album. This 3LP release of their concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall captures some of the most talented musicians in rock music doing what they do best. The four sleeve, book-style gatefold release also includes a 16-page book full of exclusive photos of the supergroup.
Various Artists - Space Jam Soundtrack
Anyone who grew up in the 1990s remembers when Michael Jordan made a movie with Looney Tunes characters during his time away from professional basketball. The film’s Official Soundtrack will be released for the first time on vinyl next month, and will, of course, feature classic songs from the animated movie including R. Kelly’s "I Believe I Can Fly," Seal’s "Fly Like An Eagle" and Salt N Pepa’s "Upside Down." Game on!
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Go Robot
The Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to take over the rock and roll universe on their current Getaway World Tour. This 12" picture disc release will include a pair of unreleased live RHCP tracks, "Go Robot” and "Dreams of a Samurai." Both songs were recorded live during the 2016 European leg of their world tour in support of their latest album.
Andre 3000 - All Together Now
OutKast member Andre 3000 may not be coming out with any new music in 2017, but this official release of him covering The Beatles’ “All Together Now” is the next best thing. The song featured on the 7” vinyl was first heard in a Nike commercial that aired during the 2010 NBA Finals, and will now be released for the first time along with a previously unheard instrumental version.
Lou Reed - Perfect Night: Live in London
Lou Reed’s Perfect Night: Live in London album will be released on vinyl for the first time for this year’s Record Store Day. The acoustic live album recorded during the Meltdown '97 festival includes a version of the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," as well as numerous other favorites from Reed’s iconic career.
Sting - Live At The Bataclan
Sting made headlines around the world last fall when he became the first artist to perform at The Bataclan almost one year to the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal show in 2015. The album will include songs from Sting’s huge catalog performed during the historic concert that re-opened the venue, including “Message In A Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take.”
To check out the entire list of 2017 Record Store Day exclusive releases, click here.