Record Store Day: A Guide To The Guides

By Ally Schweitzer

Record Store Day: It's coming.
Record Store Day: It's coming. Flickr user willfolsom

Today, newspapers and websites all over the United States—and surely numerous other countries—are writing about Record Store Day, which takes place internationally tomorrow. Not being much of a record buyer anymore, I probably shouldn’t tell you what releases to look for at local shops tomorrow. But I can point you in the direction of people who have done that capably.

So here it is: Bandwidth’s quick-and-dirty guide to the Record Store Day buying guides.

Keep in mind not all of these releases are guaranteed to be sold in D.C. stores. Always call ahead!

1. The Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss blog says you should buy…
Chuck Inglish and Chance the Rapper, Haim, Fleetwood Mac, The Julie Ruin, The Animals, and Heavens to Besty, among many others

2. Pitchfork says you should buy…
A lot of trendy titles, including Oneohtrix Point Never, Just Friends, and the Merchandise/Destruction Unit/Milk Music split; and some not-totally-trendy items like Conor Oberst, Gil Scott-Heron, R.E.M., and Bruce Springsteen

3. Brooklyn Vegan says you should buy…
Die Kreuzen, the Merchandise/Destruction Unit/Milk Music split, Life Without Buildings, Alexander Robotnick, and a whole lot more

4. Rolling Stone says you should buy…
The glow-in-the-dark “Ghostbusters” 10-inch; “The Re-Organization of Pop” box set, Mastodon, Big Mama Thornton, lots of indie rock, and Skrillex (on cassette)

5. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” says you should buy…
Bruce Springsteen, Devo, The Pogues, Lydia Loveless, Dana Falconberry, and The Orwells

6. MTV says you should buy…
Black Lips, Sky Ferreira, and Green Day, among other youthy releases

… and DCist and D.C. Music Download both have helpful lists of what local stores will have what tomorrow. Take note: Joe’s Record Paradise is hosting a live performance from D.C.’s The Blackbyrds, the storied group behind the D.C. anthem “Rock Creek Park.”

Photo by Flickr user Will Folsom used under a Creative Commons license.