Record Store Day is rapidly approaching for another year, and it’s shaping up to be a good one! Landing in record stores worldwide on Saturday April 16 will be a string of unique releases from a massive range of artists, and gigs will be rampant throughout. You can view a full list of what you can look forward to here, but for your convenience, here’s a list of some of the things we think you should look out for:
· Bob Dylan will release a promising record of rarities and unreleased material titled Melancholy Mood. This release was previously only available on a Japan tour.
· Synth-pop stars Chvrches will be giving singles from last year’s Every Open Eye the remix treatment, with remixes from the likes of Four Tet, Goldroom and Big Wild.
· Indie rock heavyweights Foals will release a 7” single featuring What Went Down-outtake “Rain” and their cover of the Mark Ronson/Kevin Parker track “Daffodils” (which they previously performed on Like a Version).
· The late and great David Bowie will release his 1976 track “TVC 15” and an alternate version of “Wild is the Wind” (both from Station to Station). What better way to honour his legacy than to pick up your own copy?
· On the weirder side of things, rap duo Run the Jewels (notable for 2014’s Run the Jewels 2 and its cat-centric remix version Meow the Jewels) will release “VRTJ - A Run The Jewels Branded Cardboard Viewer”. That is, an alternate reality filter to slip on to your phone. Odd, but why not?
· Mac Demarco will put out a demo version of 2015’s appropriately titled Another One, titled Another (Demo) One.
· Metallica, this year’s Record Store Day ambassadors, will release a recording of a 2003 concert at the Bataclan in Paris to be titled Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! Proceeds will go to Fondation de France's Give For France charity.
· Continuing on the metal trend, Deftones will release a double-LP compilation of B-Sides and rarities.
· Florence + The Machine will release a 12” coloured vinyl including a studio and demo version of their hit “Delilah” and a cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”.
· alt-J will put out a 75-minute Live at Red Rocks feature, including two coloured vinyls, a CD and a DVD.
· Emo legends mewithoutYou will reissue 2012’s iconic Ten Stories album on coloured vinyl, featuring awesome packaging.
· On a matter of national interest, Australian rockers The Jezabels will release their first three EPs on coloured vinyl.
· Creedence Clearwater Revival will put out a mammoth archival box set of their various iconic 1969 releases.
As you can see, there is plenty on offer this year, and this is but a snapshot of the many exciting things that will be hitting shelves. Here's where you can find your nearest participating store. Why not head down on April 16 and see what you can bag?