Record Store Day, which is coming up on Saturday, has grown into quite an industry over the last few years, which is certainly great news as far as promoting awareness of independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores goes — but it does also make it rather difficult to keep track of the wealth of exclusive releases on offer. But never fear, we’re here to help — we’ve trawled the extensive list of RSD-only releases and come up with the ten we’d definitely be investing in if we could only wake up early enough to get hold of them. Let us know what’s on your shopping list!
Various Artists — The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends (LP)
This has probably been the most publicized Record Store Day release, and it certainly looks like a contender for the most intriguing — it features Flaming Lips collaborating with everyone from Ke$ha and Biz Markie to Nick Cave and Erykah Badu. Bonus points for including a song called “I’m Working at NASA on Acid” (which features Lightning Bolt.) More info here.