When people are looking to buy new music, they will often turn to a place like iTunes or Amazon, completely forgetting that there are a number of quality music stores in their own city. That’s why Record Store Day was created: to promote local, independent records stores on every continent except Antarctica. When you shop at a local record store, you’re not just supporting your favorite bands but your local economy as well.
On Record Store Day, bands put out a variety of exclusive records that you can’t get on any other day. It’s a way of attracting people to their nearest records stores, when they might’ve just gone online before. Sometimes the special albums will be a special single, or a exclusive picture disc; a live album, or an unreleased EP; all kinds of cool stuff. That’s why this week’s 5 on Friday, I wanted to highlight of some of the most interesting releases for Record Store Day.
Best Album for Your Eyes and Ears: Katy Perry – Prism (12″ Picture Disc) Katy Perry has some undeniably catchy songs that can have you dancing in your car whenever they come on the radio. Well, now you can get her record on vinyl – and it’s a picture disc! “What is a picture disc?” They’re a vinyl record that has an image on the disc itself. Plenty of classic artists have put out picture discs (Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Heart, Michael Jackson) and now Katy Perry is helping to revive the tradition with this new pressing of Prism.
Best Throwback Album: Otis Redding – “Pain in My Heart” (7″ vinyl) This choice could alternatively be called “Best Album for Your Soul,” as Otis Redding has that kind of voice that just hits you deep down inside. He makes you feel what he feels, and in this song – “Pain in my Heart” – you feel that pain we’ve all experienced at one point in time: of loving someone and wishing that they would just love us back. You might also recognize Otis Redding’s soulfulness from the Kanye/Jay-Z track “Otis” off of their Watch the Throne project, where Yeezy and Jeezy sampled Redding’s hit song “Try a Little Tenderness.”
Best Album for the Gen-Xer: Soundgarden – Superunknown: The Singles (5 x 10″ Box Set) Yes, I know, I am a Millennial but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate some of the best music from Generation X. One of the most successful bands of the 90s Grunge movement would have to be Soundgarden. It’s been a long time since “Black Hole Sun” first hit the radio but age hasn’t slowed these guys any – with a tour on the way and talk of a new album. Whether Soundgarden is an old favorite or you’re just learning about them through their new music, this box set of their hit singles is a great RSD exclusive to pick up.
Best Album for the Netflix Addict: Regina Spektor – “You’ve Got Time” (7” vinyl) If you took my advice in February and watched the first season of Orange is the New Black, then this RSD release is for you. This song “You’ve Got Time” was written for the series and is used as their opening theme. It’s heavier than many of Regina’s other songs and it highlights her versatility as a songwriter. It just goes to show you that you should never underestimate a woman.
Best Album for Some Girl Power: Haim – “Forever” (12” vinyl) Speaking of “girl power”, why not talk about one of the newest bands out there: Haim. They’re a great example of “girl power,” showing that you don’t need a guy in your band to write great rock songs and become a big success. This album highlights one of the best songs off of their self-titled album, “Forever.”
If you’re interested in where you can pick up some of these great releases, you can find all participating records stores by clicking here.
If none of these albums interest you particularly, don’t worry – there are a ton of other awesome releases to check out. Click here for the full list of Record Store Day exclusive releases.
Any ones you are thinking of picking up? Let me know! Happy shopping!
-Amy Determan, CBS Radio St. Louis