Record Store Day 2021; Details and Rock Selections


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Record Store Day is back! The annual event that provides record-lovers a bunch of exclusive vinyl that is either never released or reissued. Last year, the event was formatted into a virtual event to accommodate the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the event transitioned into two dates, allowing for more time for production and shipping. That same format is returning for 2021, as announced via Twitter.

Record Store Day is set to take place on June 12 and July 17 at select record stores. People can find three different types of releases at both of these events: Exclusives, RSP First Releases, and Small Run and Regional Titles. Exclusives are the handful of records that are only being released for that day. These records will be sold exclusively at participating stores and won’t release anymore following the event. RSD First Releases are similar, although you will likely see them at other record stores or online later in the future. Finally, Small Run and Regional Titles are either sold at specific stores or have less than 1,000 copies to release.

The issue isn’t finding the record store participating in this event; it’s what to buy. Record Store Day typically has over 400 releases across the entire country. Some of the bigger names in this year’s catalog include Linkin Park, Twenty One Pilots, Beck, and The Flaming Lips. Here are all the rock albums being released that day (organization courtesy of Alternative Press):

Record Store Day releases June 12

AC/DC “Through The Mists of Time” / “Witch’s Spell”
Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary
Anti-Flag – 20/20 Division
AWOLNATION – Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders Live From 2020
The Band Camino – TBC
Beastie Boys – Aglio E Olio
Beck – Hyperspace
Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
Black Sabbath – Heaven & Hell
Buzzcocks – A Different Compilation

The Cure – Faith
Def Leppard – Live In Oxford
Deftones – “Digital Bath (Telefon Tel Aviv Version)”/“Feiticeira (Arca Remix)”
Dirty Heads – Home: Phantoms of Summer
The Doors – Morrison Hotel Sessions
Electric Wizard  – Time To Die
Escape The Fate – Chemical Warfare: B-Sides
Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin Companion
Garbage – No Gods No Masters
Haim – Gasoline
Hu – Sad But True & Wolf Totem

Ihsahn – After
Elton John – Regimental Sgt. Zippo
L7 – The Beauty Process–Triple Platinum (25th Anniversary Platinum Vinyl Edition)
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
Lamb Of God – As The Palaces Burn
Linkin Park – Meteora
Motley Crue – 40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set
Motorhead – St Valentine’s Day Massacre
Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning” / “One of These Days”about:blank

Opeth – Morningrise
Orange Goblin – Eulogy For The Damned
Tom Petty – Angel Dream (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture She’s the One)
Iggy Pop – Live At The Channel Boston
Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Mexico City
Joey Ramone – Don’t Worry About Me
The Replacements – The Pleasure’s All Yours: Pleased to Meet Me Outtakes & Alternates
The Residents – Leftovers Again!?!
Richard Hell And The Voidoids – Destiny Street Demos

Senses Fail – Let It Enfold You
Sigh – Heir To Despair
Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost (Deluxe)
The Struts – Strange Days
Sublime – Sublime Meets Scientist & Mad Professor Inna L.B.C. (LP and CD)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
twenty one pilots – Location Sessions
Amy Winehouse – Remixes

Record Store Day releases July 17

Bad Omens – Live + Unplugged
Bush – Sea of Memories (10th Anniversary)
The Clash – If Music Could Talk 
Cro Mags – The Age of Quarrel
The Cure – Wild Mood Swings
Denzel Curry and Robert Glasper – Live From Leimert Park
Evanescence – The Open Door 
From First To Last – Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count 
Gorillaz – G Collection 
jxdn – “Angels & Demons/Driver’s License”
Judas Priest – Best Of 
K.Flay – Don’t Judge A Song By Its Cover 
Karen O and Willie Nelson – Under Pressure 
Lindsey Stirling – Lose You Now
Mastodon – Fallen Torches
Pearl Jam – Alive (LP and CD)
PVRIS – Use Me (Deluxe EP)
Queen + Adam Lambert, Freddie Mercury – Live Around the World / Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow
St Vincent – Piggy/Sad But True
Various Artists – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 
Various Artists – The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 
Vitamin String Quartet – Vitamin String Quartet Performs My Chemical Romance 

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