Record Store Day is upon us once more!
Here’s the basic information inquiring minds want to know:
What is Record Store Day?
Hundreds of artists release special records available for purchase exclusively at participating independent record stores on the third Saturday of April. The vast majority of releases are vinyl records – though there’s a few cassettes, CDs and other merch as well.
When is Record Store Day 2018?
April 21, 2018
Where is Record Store Day?
Find participating stores near you on recordstoreday.com.
Who is participating in 2018?
Among the hundreds of artists participating this year are (click through for full details on the releases from each of these) The Cure, Tom Waits, The Grateful Dead (as well as Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and John Mayer), Elvis Costello with The Roots, Wilco (as well as Uncle Tupelo), Pink Floyd, Mac DeMarco, U2 (including a remix by Beck), Brian Eno with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. Octagon, Lou Reed, Rage Against The Machine, Ride, The Rolling Stones (as well as the Andrew Oldham Orchestra), Sufjan Stevens, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Swans, The Stooges (as well as Iggy Pop), The Who, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Linkin Park, Prince, Blue Öyster Cult, The National, Fleetwood Mac, Soundgarden, Lil Uzi Vert, Frank Zappa, Car Seat Headrest, Hawkwind, Mastodon, and Neil Young.
Click here for the complete, updated Record Store Day release list with suggested retail prices…
…or here for the full list sorted by genre.
The complete guide to Record Store Day 2018 classic rock, prog, garage and pysch vinyl releases is here.
The complete guide to indie, punk and alternative rock is here.
Click through for guides to jazz and blues, hip-hop and jam band releases.
Run the Jewels are the ambassadors for this year’s Record Store Day — they’re also releasing a “Stay Gold” collectors edition gold metal box with a Marvel Comics-branded 12-inch vinyl single, slipmat and sticker:
The Sheepdogs are Record Store Day’s “Champions of Canada” — they’re also releasing live recordings of “Nobody” backed with “I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be” on a nexclsuive 7-inch single, as well as the first ever vinyl pressing for their first two LPs, Big Stand and Trying to Grow.
Rag’n’Bone Man has been announced as the official UK Record Store Day Ambassador for 2018 — he’s also releasing live recordings of “Don’t Set The World On Fire” backed with “George Has Got A Friend” as a special 12-inch single on colored vinyl.
Ambassadors of Record Store Days past were:
- 2009 – Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes
- 2010 – Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal’s Joshua Homme
- 2011 – Ozzy Osbourne
- 2012 – Iggy Pop
- 2013 – Jack White
- 2014 – Public Enemy’s Chuck D
- 2015 – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl
- 2016 – Metallica
- 2017 – St. Vincent
The Flaming Lips and Dogfish Head Craft Ales have collaborated to create the Official Beer of Record Store Day 2018, “Dragons & YumYums” – the Lips are also releasing a new 7″ vinyl single called “The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon.” Select copies are pressed with the beer inside the vinyl.