It’s that time of the year again — no, not Christmas. Rather, it’s that time when independent record stores worldwide become hosts to vinyl records specifically made for a special day. It’s Record Store Day again this coming April 16, and 2016 is its ninth year so far.
Lots of musical acts are putting out releases for Record Store Day, covering nearly every genre you can imagine, from many different eras of music. But of course, some will be much more noteworthy than others. With that said, here’s a look at some of the ones that I’m excited for this year.
The Man Who Sold Vinyl Records
For many artists, it’s not until their deaths that they’re fully appreciated as the geniuses they were. David Bowie, on the other hand, enjoyed plenty of recognition in his actual lifetime — but still, his death did put special focus on his many works of genius.
On Record Store Day, you have a number of special David Bowie options to choose from. There are new picture discs of his Man Who Sold the World LP and his TVC15 single, as well as a 50-year anniversary press of three singles from I Dig Everything. If you’re a big Bowie fan, Record Store Day is definitely your holiday.
My Lifestyle, Determines My Music Style
The members of the heavy metal band Metallica are the ambassadors of the 2016 Record Store Day — and naturally, that includes a release of their own. Metallica is releasing a recording of its 2003 performance at Le Bataclan, titled Liberté Egalité Fraternité Metallica! Released as a benefit for the Give for France campaign, the concert took place in the same theater that fell under siege in the November 2015 terror attacks. It’s a fitting release, if not slightly macabre.
Twin Peaks Are Twice The Fun
If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, it’s probably been far too long since you’ve had something new to talk about. Not anymore! With Xiu Xui’s Record Store Day release, you’ll have something to keep you going. The album, Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, was created in collaboration with Twin Peaks series creator David Lynch. With its dark, broody sound, the band is an excellent choice for re-creating the feeling of the cult TV show’s musical score.
The band has already taken this show on the road in Australia and England — and now you can have your own copies. The two-LP set comes in both red and blue vinyl for an extra-special commemorative set.
So there you have it — my picks for the most exciting releases, worthy of a listen on your best record player this Record Store Day 2016. There are many others, including everything from a 10-LP box set of The Monkees to a reissue of a classic episode from Dr. Who. There’s plenty for everyone — so once you make your way to your local record store for a look, let me know what your favorites were and why.