Just what music fans need after the COVID lockdown: another excuse to buy loads of records and spend more alone time at home.
Fortunately, the social aspect of Record Store Day returns this year with the onslaught of albums. Saturday’s installment of the 15th annual National Indie Music Store Celebration will once again welcome crowds and in-store events after two years of lockdown by the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what to expect for RSD 2022. Good research.
1. Live music is back. The Electric Fetus will feature Controversial New Skinny Pill and MMYYKK (noon and 3 p.m., respectively) as well as DJ sets from Jake Rudh, Lady Midnight and Brian Engel (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Barely Brothers will host In the Trees, Annie & the Bang Bang and Rudegirl (1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Extreme Noise features Gnaw and Liquid Lunch at 2pm Rock Paper Scissors has Muun Bato members at 2pm Hymie’s features Andrew Salgado at 4:30pm
2. Vinyl manufacturing is not fully back yet. With pressing plants still stuck due to supply chain delays and the pandemic, organizers have set a second RSD 2022 date of June 18 to accommodate all stuck specialty releases.
3. Some Minnesota artists have national versions of RSD. Booming reissue machine Replacements offers “Unsuitable for Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert,” a double LP of 1981’s 7th St. Entry set featured in last year’s “Sorry Ma” box set. Shelved recordings from the late ‘Mats guitarist Bob Stinson’s last band, The Bleeding Hearts, are released on vinyl. Golden Smog’s 1992 debut EP, “On Golden Smog”, was released on vinyl for the first time. A special RSD vinyl version of Prince’s “The Gold Experience” is also coming, but not until June 18.
4. The same goes for some of today’s biggest artists. Look for new or recently reissued vinyl from David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Nicki Minaj, Pearl Jam, Childish Gambino, Stevie Nicks, Kacey Musgraves and the Chili Peppers. U2, Foo Fighters and this year’s RSD Ambassador Taylor Swift are also all releasing collectible 7-inch singles.
5. Some stores celebrate big anniversaries. Know Name Records in south Minneapolis is celebrating both its 45th anniversary and its new owner, after founders Jon Headley and Bruce Benson retired and longtime staffer Ted Kondrak took over. Down in the Valley is celebrating an even bigger anniversary, its 50th, and hosting an RSD Friday pre-party from 8-10 p.m. at the near-original Golden Valley location with DJs and a special Broken Clock beer.
6. Some stores moved during the pandemic. Roadrunner Records moved a few blocks further south in Minneapolis to a funky little freestanding building at 4534 Nicollet Av. S. Rock Paper Scissors bounced north to 2403 Lyndale Av. S. And SolSta Records is now in St. Louis Park, at 6006 Excelsior Blvd.
7. Early risers always get the best earworms. Some stores open at 8 a.m. for hardcore music fans, including Hopkins’ Mill City Sound and Agharta in St. Paul. Most are in business at 9, including the Fetus, Down in the Valley, St. Paul’s Eclipse Records, and the three Cheapo stores.
To see recordstoreday.com for the full list of releases.