Record Store Day releases we want – A Second Look

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20th and record collectors are preparing to do some serious damage to their bank accounts.

The annual celebration of independently owned record stores has a massive list of exclusive releases sure to please any music fan. We’ve selected a few things we think are worth geeking out over, including a few from artists you might recognize from the pages of Geek.

Nothing on our list catching your eye? We have another selection of discs that we posted yesterday. And, if you like, you can view the entire list of RSD releases on the official site. Some of these releases are super limited, so give your local music retailer a call beforehand to find out what they might have in stock. No idea where the nearest independent music retailer is? Shame on you! But don’t worry, RSD’s site can help you find where the nearest participating stores are located.

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Grouplove/Frightened Rabbit/Manchester Orchestra

Architect/Make It To Me
(2300 copies available)

For this split release, Manchester Orchestra teamed up with Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit, respectively, to record two tracks: “Architect” and “Make It To Me.” The songs can be streamed via Soundcloud right now before you commit to purchasing it, but fans of any of these three artists should be certain to scoop up a copy of this release.

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South Park

San Diego/Gay Fish
Comedy Central
(2000 copies available)

This release features two songs from the show: “San Diego” and “Gay Fish” and to top it off it’s a picture disc. While South Park and vinyl might not be the most obvious coupling, we’re certain this is a perfect match and a must-buy for any serious South Park fan.

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Black Lips/Icky Blossoms

Cowboy Nights
Saddle Creek
(1000 copies available)

Black Lips and Icky Blossoms each served up a cover for this 7-inch split, with Black Lips tackling “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” and Icky Blossoms taking on “Arabian Nights.” You might recall seeing Black Lips featured in the pages of Geek issue #5 in the Tunes section, so we recommend snagging this limited release if you get the chance.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Carry On
Warner Bros
(4600 copies available)

This 12-inch picture disc featuring art from Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II features full band and instrumental versions of the track “Carry On,” featured at the end of the gameAt 4600 copies, this release isn’t super limited, but it’s definitely something fans of the game might want to pick up.

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The Holiday Sessions
Fueled by Ramen
(700 copies available)

Paramore will be releasing this exclusive 7-inch as part of Record Store Day festivities. It’s limited to 700 copies, 300 of which will be available exclusively at Grimey’s in Nashville. For fans outside of the Nashville area, they’ll be stuck battling it out to get a copy online from the band’s webstore. The release features the three interludes from the band’s recent self-titled release. Making this super limited release even cooler is that this 7-inch is die-cut into the shape of a hibiscus flower.

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Straylight Run

Prepare to be Wrong
Victory Records
(900 copies available)

Though Straylight Run broke up in 2010 and members have gone on to pursue new musical endeavors (including rejoining former band Taking Back Sunday and becoming a touring member of Fun., to name a few), this album originally released in 2005 is just now seeing a vinyl release. The limited run is a must-have for fans, who can take comfort in these reissues, even though they know there won’t be any new music from the band.

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The Black Keys/The Stooges

No Fun
Warner Bros
(7000 copies available)

This release features The Stooges’ song “No Fun” along with The Black Keys’ cover from 2002. With 7,000 copies available, it shouldn’t be too hard to find, but the gorgeous orange and red sunburst pattern has us wanting to pick up a copy.

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The Hold Steady

Criminal Fingers 7″
Vagrant Records
(1000 copies available)

This 7-inch from The Hold Steady features two unreleased tracks, “Criminal Fingers” and “The Bear & the Maiden Fair.” The latter of these may sound familiar to fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones. The song aired during the credits of the episode “Walk of Punishment.” Whether you’re a fan of the show or a fan of the band, we’d recommend picking up this release.

Let us know what releases you’ll be picking up on Record Store Day!

Images: Record Store Day, Album covers from their respective labels, as listed.

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