Record Store Day is this weekend: Everything you need to know

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Record Store Day is a time to honor music and the local record stores that serve as community institutions where all can gather to partake in the celebration of sound. Needless to say, we’re pretty stoked for it.

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A year after shifting things around due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Record Store Day is set to return this weekend in a different manner than we’re used to.

Record Store Day 2021 will see special “drops” of exclusive material. The first drop is set to take place this Saturday, June 12 and the second drop will happen a month later on July 17.

There’s a massive list of exclusive releases set to drop this weekend. Among those include a yellow vinyl version of Lady Gaga's Chromatica, a "slime green" vinyl edition of the Shrek soundtrack, early works from Oneohtrix Point Never, live albums from The Who, The Police, The Grateful Dead, and The Rolling Stones, plus Steely Dan’s first American vinyl release of Two Against Nature.

You’ve also got the chance to pick up a limited run of Country singer Jimmie Allen's "Hazy-O!" single, a Notorious B.I.G. duets double-LP, a 30th-anniversary edition of Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe, a Goonies soundtrack picture disc, a 40th-anniversary Mötley Crüe cassette box set, and a double-vinyl version of Rage Against The Machine's live concert The Battle of Mexico City on red and green colored wax with a white label to tribute the Mexican flag.

Record Store Day isn’t just about celebrating independent stores across the globe, it also presents an opportunity for younger audiences to participate.

“We see lots of young people buying vinyl in our store,” Jack LeFeuvre of Le Freak Records in the U.K. told Complete Music Update. “I think it’s slowly becoming a norm in terms of how people want to listen to music nowadays. Nearly every artist will release a special vinyl edition as part of their album campaign and that is something that many music fans don’t want to miss out on.”

So what do you need to know as you head out to your local record store for Record Store Day this Saturday? For one, familiarize yourself with this year’s exclusive releases. Additionally, most record stores have no idea which exclusive releases they’ll be receiving until shortly before the day starts. Be sure to monitor their website and social media handles if there’s a record you’ve got your eye on.

Finally, have fun! It is music after all.

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