If you’re not a record collector or a music buff, there’s still plenty of pop-culture based limited-edition records that will be available via Record Store Day on April 16, 2016. Keep these in mind when you’re record-searching!
We know a lot of you out there have impeccable music taste and only seek out the highest-quality tunes, whether it be lossless MP3 or pristine vinyl. Some others have an eye for rarities and own the most limited pressings ever put to record or disc. Then, there’s us here at Laser Time, who are more likely to own oddball albums that would look normal within Homer Simpson’s record collection.
To that extent, Record Store Day can be a bit of a risk for our nerdier sensibilities. Whereas the hundreds of exclusives and new releases for the annual add up to big shopping lists for audiophiles, when you’re on the hunt for only one or two soundtracks, it can sting to miss out on some of the weirder releases like The Wrestling Album or Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game Soundtrack. If you’re not on the hunt for an indie band’s new release or a classic rocker’s b-side, here’s some stuff every pop-culture junkie should search for (you can check out the entire PDF list of Record Store Day exclusives here).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” and “Rey’s Theme”
Whether you’re a film buff or not, this is the hottest ticket at Record Store Day 2016. To wit; there will be 15,000 copies of this album made available for the event compared to the 10,000 for the second-most-pressed record (Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!). Even with those higher numbers, this collection of two of the award-winning soundtrack’s best original tunes is sure to be in high demand everywhere. Seeing as how Star Wars soundtracks haven’t been put on records in quite some time, this amazing soundtrack is worth seeking out, even if every subsequent Record Store Day will almost certainly put subsequent Star Wars soundtracks on shelves.
Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
It may still be quite awhile before we get that new season of Twin Peaks, but if you’re looking for a perfect audio accompaniment for the entire series, look no further than Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks. The experimental indie band (who have been making critical darling albums for a decade-and-a-half) is a perfect fit for the moody down-tempo tunes that played along David Lynch’s unforgettable serial crime drama. It’s a damn good album all its own, but Twin Peaks fans will dig what Xiu Xiu has done with each of the show’s memorable songs.
Run The Jewels Virtual Reality Viewer
Fuck your Oculus Rift! In what may be the weirdest Record Store Day release ever, Run the Jewels (one of the biggest rap supergroups ever) isn’t even releasing an album. Rather, they’re putting out cardboard virtual reality viewers to place your iPhone or Android phone inside to better experience their 360-degree view music video for “Crown.” If the virtual reality music video concept takes off, you might have one of the earliest (and coolest) viewers, and it’s for a damn good song, too!
Silly Symphony Collection: The Skeleton Dance
And now for the complete opposite of virtual reality; an 87-year-old Disney cartoon soundtrack! As far as iconic early cartoons go, it’s hard to top Disney’s Skeleton Dance, the spooky instrumental tune played by a band of bones. While it’s fun to watch, getting to hear the memorable music in its highest-possible quality should be a rare treat. Plus, you can play it on repeat all Halloween!
Judgment Night Soundtrack
Some two decades-plus after its release, Judgment Night may be slightly closer to “forgotten film” than “cult classic,” but the soundtrack remains a pretty epic meeting of hip-hop and heavy metal. Where else can you hear Teenage Fanclub collaborate with De La Soul? What other time has Del the Funky Homosapien worked with Dinosaur Jr? When else (besides that one Simpsons) episode will Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill ever share a credit? The answer is the soundtrack to Judgment Night, which will surely bring up fond 90s MTV memories and faint recollection of a crime movie.
Will you be buying anything on Record Store Day? What previous RSD releases have ended up in your record collection? Tell us about it below, and check out our ode to Scott Pilgrim’s epic soundtrack with the game stream below!