Seven Record Store Day Releases You Must Own

Record Store Day, the day in April when both major and independent record labels drop dozens of limited-edition vinyl records that make music nerds’ pockets run dry, has grown so popular since its 2007 founding that it was perhaps inevitable it would split, amoeba-like, in two. Enter: Record Store Day, Black Friday edition. Here are seven special Black Friday releases that you vinyl vanguards might consider lining up to acquire. And hey, you’ll be supporting local businesses. Hooray, capitalism!

the_clashThe Clash, self-titled (Legacy Recordings)

Two self-titled debut albums are responsible for laying the blueprints of punk rock: The Ramones (1976) and The Clash (1977). Experience the latter’s intensely political, overly simple single “Remote Control” on proper “White Riot” and “Protex Blue” wax.

Garbage, self-titled (Stunvolume/PIAS Recordings)

Twenty years on the phaser-soaked intro of “Vow” still trips us out, and “Only Happy When It Rains” remains a fantastic pop song. Even if you’re not into the female-fronted alternative rock bands, the gorgeous pink vinyl of this pressing should be enough to sell you.

outkast_stankoniaOutkast, Stankonia (Legacy Recordings)

The Atlanta’s rap duo’s fourth album was its most expansive yet, with hits such as “B.O.B,” “Ms. Jackson,” So Fresh, So Clean.” Only 3,000 copies are available on orange/yellow/purple/black splatter vinyl, because it’s only right.

Pharcyde, “Runnin’” 7” single (Bicycle Music)

Pharcyde’s biggest single behind “Passin’ Me By” gets the vinyl treatment in blue/clear. Rest in peace, J Dilla.

Untitled-40Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” 12” single (Hollywood Records)

Yes, it’s necessary to own Queen’s genre-defying 1975 single on a full 12” platter. And the iconic artwork is just … magnifico!

Various Artists, Garden State Soundtrack (Legacy Recordings)

It’s probably the only time you’ll find Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic,” Thievery Corporation’s “Lebanese Blonde” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” on one release. Oh yeah, peep Iron & Wine’s cover of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights.”

lush_ciao_best_ofLush, Ciao! Best Of (4AD)

Not familiar with that name? This double-LP collection of singles and b-sides, pressed on red vinyl, is the perfect introduction to one of the U.K.’s shoegaze greats.

Participating stores in the Las Vegas area include 11th Street Records, Wax Trax Records and all Zia Records and Record City locations. Visit for more information.



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