With Record Store Day 2016 fast approaching, on April 16th, these aren’t your Mamas & Papas records. Exclusive albums, limited runs, previously unreleased rare albums, and new art work are being produced especially for RSD 2016, all to be sold in independent record stores on Saturday.
The list of artists supporting Record Store Day is endless. Just to name a few:
Bob Dylan, Twenty One Pilots, Metallica, The Doors, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Run The Jewels, New Barbarians, Patti Smith, Graham Nash, The Sonics, Phish, Mumford & Sons, The Shaggs, The Kinks, James Bay, Brandi Carlisle, Florence + The Machine, Ravi Shankar, The Weeknd, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earl, The Ramones and hundreds of others.
Many artists are also making appearances at independent record stores: Graham Nash, Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Bonnie Raitt, Kacey Musgraves, Reverend Horton Heat, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, The Fleshtones, Killswitch Engage, Mac McCaughan, Butch Vig & Steve Walker, Dylan Gardner, and The Mavericks are among the names.
The official film for Record Store Day 2016 is The Smart Studios Story, a film directed by Wendy Schneider. The film premiered at SXSW in March and will screen at the Chicago International Film Festival in April. Smart Studios is the legendary Mid-western music studio founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. The studio was pivotal for 90s alternative rock. The film highlights the music produced there with in-depth interviews with musicians and producers, and never-before-seen footage. A promotional cassette featuring more than a dozen bands recorded at Smart Studios, made by Record Store Day in collaboration with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, will be available while supplies last at participating record stores across the country on Record Store Day 2016. Butch Vig and Steve Marker will celebrate Record Store Day with both Reckless Records in Chicago and MadCity Music Exchange in Madison.
A few albums that Rock My World would like to highlight are:
The late legend David Bowie has three exclusive albums for RSD: The Man Who Sold The World (Rhino), which features a beautiful 12” picture disc of the German release of the 1970 LP with a 5000 limited run; 5000 copies of a 7-inch picture disc of “TVC15” (Rhino); and 7500 copies of the 12-inch I Dig Everything: The Pye Singles (BMG/Sanctuary) a 50th-anniversary selection of six singles from 1966.
Metallica, ambassadors to 2016 RSD, is releasing the audio to the band’s 2003 performance at Paris’ Le Bataclan, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 (Blackened), with charitable donations of its proceeds to Fondation de France’s Give For France charity. This CD is a RSD first release and has 10,000 copies. Metallica will also make a special appearance on Saturday, a concert at Rasputin Music, Berkeley.
Newly inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick has a special release, a 4000 run of a 10” Vinyl Found New Parts (Big Machine Records) and a chance to win an autographed guitar.
Another contest includes a chance to win the late Elliot Smith’s collection that includes a CD copy of XO, a CD copy of Figure 8, a CD copy of Heaven Adores You Soundtrack, a VINYL copy of Heaven Adores You Soundtrack, a VINYL copy of Good Will Hunting Soundtrack, a DVD copy of Heaven Adores You documentary, and a BLU-RAY copy of Heaven Adores You documentary. The soundtrack to the 2014 film Heaven Adores You (UME), documenting the life and music of Elliott Smith, is now out on vinyl.
Now we love ∆ (Alt-J) and since we see no signs of a new album or an upcoming tour, we were pleased to see the Leeds men will release an exclusive RSD special box set containing two colored vinyl LPs, a CD & DVD of their 2015 live performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This release will be in North America only.
Be sure to check out some of this year’s Record Store Day other highlights:
Bob Dylan — “Melancholy Mood”
Justin Bieber — “Purpose”
Fleetwood Mac — “Tusk” (alternative)
Doctor Who — “Genesis of the Daleks”
Notorious B.I.G. — “Mo Money, Mo Problems”
The Weeknd — “The Hills Remixes”
Soundtrack — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Florence + the Machine — “Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart”
Check out the official record store Day Video below: