Below, check out a few places to go and a few things to search for when you are there. (Those not willing to take our suggestions can find a complete list of RSD exclusives here, and a more thorough list of participating local shops here).
Places to Go:
Maybe the quintessential Manhattan record store offers an endless line of ultra cool NYC music people to DJ your real life shopping experience. Hobnob with buzz bands and label heads! Or just ignore them and keep your nose in the stacks!
1pm-2pm Parquet Courts (What's Your Rupture?)
2-3pm Caleb Braaten (Sacred Bones Records)
3-4pm Matt Werth (RVNG Intl.)
4-5pm Scott Mou/Queens (Dial)
5-6m Falty DL (Ninja Tune)
6-7pm Bryan Kasenic (Bunker)
7-8pm Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train)
Manhattan's Generation Records boasts one of the best in-store performances of the day, by Philly's swell alt-rock band Swearin', as well as Guided by Voices' Doug Gillard, The Forgetters, and Livid, plus a DJ set from WFMU's hilariously grumpy rock-knowledge fountain Tom Scharpling.
Greenpoint's Record Grouch is taunting us on Facebook already with their blanket full of used, 70s vinyl porn.
Not so much for special attractions, but because the great Williamsburg record store is closing for good after tomorrow. We should all probably humble ourselves by internalizing the idea that RSD is not a one-day magic save all for the record store business, which needs our patronage, like, all the time. (But once you do that, you can get in on the "Everything Must Go!" feeding frenzy, also.)
Oh, except Record Store Day can raise stores from the dead, apparently? Never mind, then.
Records to Covet, Search For, Hopefully Buy:
Stephen Malkmus And Friends - Can's Ege Bamyasi
A live concert recording of the Pavement frontman playing the 70s krautrock classic. A bit of an obscuro curiosity, mainly for being the most prominent instance of the notoriously slack cover artist Malkmus actually opting for mechanical precision. This is the maybe the most of a shit he has ever given!
The First Two Orange Juice Albums
If perpetual revivals over the past few years and a towering influence that's at least partially responsible for The Smiths and Belle and Sebastian haven't gotten you to pick up You Can't Hide Your Love Forever and Rip It Up by the seminal Glasgow band, you are defective. But maybe some sort of competitive scavenger hunt stakes are all you needed?
Pulp - "After You" 12"
James Murphy's production of an old Jarvis Cocker ditty, possibly thought up in a Coachella cruise buffet line, happens to be one of the least likely but most fun songs of 2013.
Astralwerks 20/20 box set
Celebrating 20 years of a label who's been a constantly flowing pipeline bringing European artists to America, beginning at a time when that sort of thing seemed much harder to pull off. Multiple Flexi-dsics full of rare tracks from bands like AIR, Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, Beta Band, and The Chemical Brothers.
KIll Rock Stars: The Compilations cassette box set
The impossible Northwest of our youth, lovingly repackaged for purchase. A flowing series of mash notes from artists unknown and very known. Mix tape fantasy romance time machine! Boggle yr mind at these track lists.