In case you forgot, Record Store Day goes down for its second drop of 2020 on Saturday September 26. Need a helping hand to how it all works? Here's a nifty guide to navigating this month's event, as well as all the limited releases you should keep your eyes peeled for.
How does it work?
Just like the August RSD Drop, tomorrow's event will only be limited to punters within Australia, and you're only allowed to snag one copy of each limited title per customer.
From what we're seeing on the web, each store seems to operating things somewhat differently - there's a few who kick off their sales online at midnight tonight, while others roll on with the festivities early tomorrow morning. If you've got a preferred store that you want to support, we recommend getting in touch with them to nut out the specifics.
It's also worth noting that due to the varying degree of social distancing regulations from state to state, many stores participating in Record Store Day will be operating on an online-only basis tomorrow - Victorians, as you already all know, you'll have to stick this one out online. However, some stores will be offering click and collect services, so hit up your favourite record store's socials to find out if that's an option.
For those of us in the more fortunate states and territories, some record stores are letting punters book an allocated in-store browsing slot. For instance, Brisbane's Rocking Horse Records are allowing groups of 25 in to peruse the store for an allocated 15 minute window of time, while Sydney's Utopia Records will be capping their in-store capacity to 20 pax over the span of the day to make sure things aren't too crammed.
Of course, this isn't the ideal way to spend a Record Store Day, but given the fuckery of this year, it's lucky we're even having one, let alone three, and we reckon that should be more than enough time to lock away some limited finds anyway.
If you're keen to cop a peek of what each store has in stock prior to tomorrow, most record stores have already started publishing their inventory lists across their socials, and there's some full details about everything on offer via the Record Store Day Australia website. Some stores will even be off-loading limited stock from August that didn't arrive on time, so if you're bummed about missing out on something from that drop, now is the time to capitalise!
What's worth getting?
Obviously, this will vary depending on your tastes, but here's a few records we reckon you should keep your eyes peeled for:
Caribou - Swimming (10th Anniversary Edition)
One of the best electronic releases of the 2010s, you can snag this one on limited 2xLP splatter vinyl from a number of stores tomorrow as a left-over from the August drop.
Allman Brothers Band - Live at Fillmore West 1-31-71
The definitive Southern Rock release, and a sheer masterclass in slide guitar, thanks to the genuis of Duane Allman. This one should be ready to grab from most stores in a 2xLP package.
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again
You know it, and look - chances are you probably don't love it. But, if you've ever wanted to have this ear-worm (and an array of remixes) on clear blue vinyl, it's available tomorrow!
Roger Waters - The Wall: Live In Berlin
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters garnered huge acclaim with his immersive tour of the band's seminal triple concept album The Wall over the last 18 months, and his performance in Berlin was nothing short of symbolic. You can commemorate this epic gig by landing a 2xLP edition of that show on clear vinyl tomorrow from stores around Australia.
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return To The 36 Chambers: 25th Anniversary Edition
One of the most important Wu-Tang solo releases of the era, ODB's debut has only aged like fine wine since its release in 1995, and his influence on modern oddballs like Danny Brown and Young Thug speaks volumes. Snag this album in a limited edition 7" box-set tomorrow!
Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Rumours
A collection of demos, rough takes and alternate versions of Fleetwood Mac's finest effort, released on vinyl for the very first time. This one's perfect for all you super fans out there, or maybe even to act as a late Father's Day present should you need it.
The Notorious B.I.G - It Was All A Dream: The Notorious B.I.G 1994-1999
A humongous 9xLP box-set compiling the recorded works of the king of Brooklyn, Biggie Smalls. This one is limited to only 2000 copies worldwide, so if you're keen, definitely call ahead to make sure there's stock at your fave store.
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest
Bill Evans is a huge name in the world of modal jazz, and honestly, I reckon you'd be hard pressed to find a more important pianist from the last 50 years. This one is back by popular demand on 180g 2xLP, and we can't imagine it'll last long.
Various Artists - Batman & Robin: Music From & Inspired By The Motion Picture
This one's for all you super freaks: Batman & Robin is one of those shit films from the '90s that had an absolute romper of a soundtrack, featuring the likes of Bone Thugs N Harmony, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, Underworld and the Goo Goo Dolls. Grab it on limited red and blue vinyl tomorrow, if you dare.
Suzanne Ciani - A Life In Waves
A pioneer of electronic and neo-classical genres, Suzanne Ciani's influence on modern music cannot be understated, with the celebrated 2017 documentary A Life In Waves acting as a visual tribute to the trailblazer. Grab the soundtrack for the film on clear vinyl tomorrow.
Head to Record Store Day Australia for all the details, and happy hunting!