Vox‘s Record Store Day picks and preview

Tomorrow, April 19, is Record Store Day, a day when filthy hipsters like Vox take advantage of sweet deals and exclusive offers to snatch up albums they already own digital copies of or will be able to find for free on the internet later. Whether you listen to entry-level, hipster bullshit or post-post-post-emo-grungecore, Record Store Day has something all music fans alternative music fans can appreciate. Here’s a preview of the special offers local record stores have, as well as some deals that Vox might consider getting.

Local deals

DCist has compiled a great list of what each local record store is doing. It kinda makes Vox realize that the whole city has like 10 record stores and most of them are within walking distance of each other. Be sure to read up on the Voice‘s record store review from last fall to get an idea of what shops you might want to check out.

Punk specialist Smash Records will open “early” on Record Store Day at 10:00 a.m. (apparently that’s early if you run a record store) and will have a set of special record store exclusives. They said they would post a list of those exclusives on Friday night, but as of Vox‘s writing this article they have yet to do so on their Facebook page or website.

Som Records is another one of Vox‘s favorites, and they will also have a set of exclusive Record Store Day offers. They won’t be open early though, but something tells me that the filthy hipster demographic isn’t going to leave the house before noon on a Saturday anyway. According to their Facebook page, they had a lot of stuff to sort through and didn’t get around to making a comprehensive list yet (Vox is noticing a pattern here), but promised exclusive vinyl and CDs, gift certificates, and concert tickets.

According to the Post‘s guide to Record Store Day, Crooked Beat Records stocks the most new vinyl and has the most deals on record store day, so Vox would definitely recommend going there first thing. Crooked Beat actually has revealed some of the exclusives they have, including 7” releases from Insurgence DC and Mobius Strip, as well as other good stuff.

Last, but definitely not least, Red Onion Records is also stocking the store with great and exclusive releases to celebrate tomorrow. They even put an actual list of all their new material together! They open a “little early,” at 11:00 a.m.

Vox‘s picks

The band Bayside is releasing a 7” of their song “Your Time Has Come,” along with an exclusive track “Indiana.” Bayside, hailing from Bayside, Queens, NY, is something of a local favorite for Vox. They can be best described as an almost-famous punk band.

Cool record designs and record packaging are the best part about record collecting, and Paramore has gotten very creative with their Record Store Day “broken record” release of their single “Ain’t It Fun.” The single is not actually broken. It just looks that way because half the vinyl is black and half is clear/white. Ain’t that a fun idea?

Vox got started on the whole alt rock thing back in middle school with Nirvana’s In Utero. This Record Store Day, there will be a 7” re-pressing of Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” single from Kurt Cobain‘s final album. April, 2014 marks 20 years since Cobain’s suicide, and this Record Store Day release is a great way to commemorate him.

Finally, the New Jersey emo duo Dads is releasing an EP titled Woman in record stores tomorrow. Vox knows that at least Crooked Beat Records will be carrying it. The songs will be released only via vinyl and all of the proceeds of the EP will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Get out there and check out these great stores … assuming you’re not home for Easter break.

Photo: Sameer Vasta via Flickr

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