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SPIN’s Record Store Day Shopping Guide: 42 Essential Releases

Record Store Day 2013

For vinyl enthusiasts, the most wonderful time of the year is finally here. This Saturday, April 20, is the sixth annual Record Store Day, when independently owned music shops offer up an armful of exclusive and limited releases. This year’s participating artists include the White Stripes, R.E.M., the Jesus and Mary Chain, MGMT, and Soundgarden.

Check out the full list of exclusives here, find participating stores here, and definitely bear in mind that not all stores will carry all releases. That said, SPIN’s editorial team has winnowed down this year’s impressive array of 4/20 offerings to come up with 42 essentials. Tomorrow morning, when you’re crammed into your local independent record store’s aisles, keep your eyes peeled for these:

  • At the Drive-In, Relationship of Command 12-inch vinyl
  • Beak>, 0898/Welcome to the Machine 10-inch vinyl
  • Big Mama Thornton, Jail 12-inch vinyl
  • The Black Keys/Iggy and the Stooges, “Side By Side: No Fun” 7-inch vinyl
  • Black Milk, Synth Or Soul 12-inch vinyl
  • Brian Eno and Grizzly Bear, “Lux”/”Sleeping Ute” (Nicolas Jaar remixes) 10-inch vinyl
  • The Cal Tjader Trio, The Cal Tjader Trio (Fantasy 3-9) 10-inch vinyl
  • Captain Beefheart, Frank Freeman’s Dance Club 12-inch vinyl
  • Cheech & Chong featuring Alice Bowie, “Earache My Eye”/”Turn That Thing Down” 7-inch picture disc
  • Conny Plank/Various Artists, The Conny Plank Rework Sessions 12-inch vinyl
  • CSC Funk Band, Funkincense 12-inch vinyl
  • Dan Deacon, “Konono Ripoff No. 1” 7-inch vinyl
  • Deftones, Live: Volume 1 – Selections From Adrenaline 12-inch vinyl
  • Flaming Lips, Zaireeka vinyl box set
  • Garbage and Screaming Females, Because The Night 10-inch vinyl
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, “The Bottle” 7-inch vinyl
  • Gina X, Mayan Drums 12-inch vinyl
  • Gram Parsons, Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels – Live 1973 7-inch vinyl
  • Hüsker Dü, “Amusement” 7-inch vinyl
  • Jandek, Ready For the House/Six and Six/Chair Beside a Window vinyl box set
  • Junior Boys, Even Truer
  • Junior Electronics/Moebius & Tietchens, “Junior Electronics/Moebius & Tietchens” 7-inch vinyl
  • Mike Watt & the Black Gang, “Rebel Girl”/”30 Days in the Hole” 7-inch
  • MGMT, “Alien Days” cassette
  • Olafur Arnalds, For Now I Am Winter 12-inch vinyl
  • Oval, 94Diskont 12-inch vinyl
  • Oval, Systemisch 12-inch vinyl
  • Pulp, “After You” 12-inch vinyl
  • Pussy Galore, Groovy Hate Fuck EP 12-inch vinyl
  • R.E.M., Live in Greensboro EP CD
  • Stephen Malkmus and Friends, Ege Bamyasi 12-inch vinyl
  • Superchunk, “Void”/”Faith” 7-inch vinyl
  • Tame Impala, Tame Impala EP 12-inch vinyl
  • The Thermals, Desperate Ground Demos EP 7-inch vinyl
  • Thurston Moore, The Only Way To Go 12-inch vinyl
  • Titus Andronicus, Record Store Day EP 12-inch vinyl
  • TR-909, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession: V.2 TR-909 (book)
  • Ty Segall, Ty Rex 2 7-inch vinyl
  • Various Artists, Drive OST 12-inch picture disc
  • Various Artists, Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations: 3 Cassette Box Set
  • The White Stripes, Elephant (10th Anniversary) 12-inch vinyl
  • The xx, Jamie xx Edits 12-inch vinyl