Record Store Day 2018 is set to take place on April 21, with thousands of independent record store fans swarming to their local favorites around the country to pick up this year’s exclusive releases.
This year’s RSD ambassadors are hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, who posted a video to their website last month where they both shouted out their own memories of growing up with indie record stores, where they could “buy records that Tipper Gore wanted to ban.”
The duo is also set to release a commemorative gold metal box complete with a clear Marvel Comics-branded 12″, slip mat and sticker.
The release is just one of the hundreds of exclusive and limited releases pressed especially and being first-released for Record Store Day 2018. They run the gamut from hip-hop to comedy to 70’s porn instrumentals to heavy metal. It’s an expansive list of releases, so here’s just a small taste of some of the stand-outs to look out for this year (and be sure to get there early to grab them!)
Wolfman Jack and The Wolf Pack – Boogie With the Wolfman (12″ Picture Disc)
Legendary radio DJ Wolfman Jack’s one and only rock album recorded in 1965 with a local Minneapolis garage band has been out of print for over 50 years but is being released exclusively for RSD 2018.
RSD Exclusive Release – 1,000
Tom Waits – Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (3x 2LP on transparent blue vinyl)
These three albums together made up Tom Waits’ “Orphans” released in 2006. They’re now available for the first time as stand-alone albums, each compiled of Waits’ outtakes, unreleased songs, and miscellaneous non-album songs. Brawlers is made up of raucous r&b-based rock and blues numbers, Bawlers consists of piano and acoustic ballads, and Bastards is everything experimental in between, including a cover of the Disney song “Heigh Ho”: it’s worth checking out.
RSD Exclusive Release – 4,500 (each)
Various Artists – Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series) (2xLP picture disc)
Despite confusing the hell out of viewers, “Twin Peaks: The Return” also had a killer soundtrack with performances from prominent musicians straight from the Roadhouse. Featured artists include Chromatics, Nine Inch Nails, and Eddie Vedder. Also available on RSD: the original score from “The Return” by frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti.
‘RSD First’ Release – 5,300
The Residents – The W***** B*** Album
This legendary demo tape from rock music’s resident weirdos was sent to Warner Bros. Records in 1971 and subsequently rejected; if WB executive Hal Halverstadt signed someone like Captain Beefheart to the label but rejected The Residents, you know you’re in for a treat.
‘RSD First’ Release – 900
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison: 50th Anniversary Elegacy Edition
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary live album, both of his complete sets at Folsom Prison are being released on Record Store Day 2018 including performances from June Carter Cash, The Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins. Also included is a 12″ single with previously unreleased rehearsal audio of Cash and friends in their hotel room the night before the concerts.
RSD Exclusive Release – 2,500