Waiting for the annual April Record Store Day list is finally over. While a few bands announced their special releases last week, the complete list is now available and it’s a doozy. Releases fall under one of three categories.
Record Store Day Exclusive Releases: Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.
Record Store Day Limited Run/Regional Focus Releases: Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.
Record Store Day First Release: These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.
You can view the 2016 Record Store Day list in two ways.
Download a printable PDF version here to bring with you while you shop.
View the list online here to see photos and specific details on the releases.
As always, keep this in mind when you’re contemplating releases on Record Store Day. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing.
Want to know if your local record store is participating? Look for them here and then give them a call to find out what they may have planned for the day.
Looking for some cool RSD merch? Find that here.
Read about the 2016 Record Store Day Ambassador here.
About Record Store Day: Conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. Not only about the music, the goal was and continues to be about promoting and celebrating the independent music store. As a result, those fine folks behind the idea of Record Store Day continue to work with stores, labels, artists, managers and distributors to create special pieces, available only at independent record stores.