Ranked: 2018 Record Store Day Releases


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1. The Shins vs. Los Lobos: "The Fear" 

Our indie idols give us an artful package with the track from “Heartworms,” the flipped Worm’s Heart version, and a cover from Los Lobos that could easily be the original.

 
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3. Blitzen Trapper: "Kid's Album"

 

A quirky album accentuated by toy keyboards and laser guns is surprisingly in Blitzen Trapper’s wheelhouse and will equally appeal to adults.

 
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5. Tim Armstrong: "A Poet's Life" 

Armstrong is a punk rock mainstay, fronting Operation Ivy and Rancid, and this album takes those band’s reggae tendencies to the max.

 
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7. "Speak Out: Recorded Live at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival

Speak Out - Newport Folk Festival: This Live album features members of the Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, and more, including a cover of “Black Boys on Mopeds” by Sharon Van Etten.

 
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2. Sufjan Stevens: "Mystery of Love" 

Sufjan puts forth three incredible songs (including the Grammy-nomicated title track) that compliment a work-of-art film, while standing alone on this brilliant offering.

 
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4. Iron Horse, "Pickin' on Modest Mouse"

It would be blasphemous to say these covers are better than the originals, but this Iron Horse effort borders on blasphemy.

 
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6. Ben Kweller: "Sha Sha" 
 

One of our coming-of-age albums comes back to vinyl, evoking the ghosts of Weezer’s past as Ben Kweller was finding his own voice.

 
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8. Trampled by Turtles: "Wildflowers" 

Record Store Day has a history of paying tribute to fallen icons, and some of this year’s torchbearers are Trampled by Turtles with a Tom Petty classic.

 

 
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9. Fleet Foxes: "Crack Up (Choral Version)"

The multi-layered talents of Fleet Foxes, in harmony with a 24-piece Icelandic choir, beckons to be hear on vinyl.

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10. Uncle Tupelo, "No Depression Demos"

Does it get more raw than Wilco before they were Wilco? Yes, demo versions of the precursor’s first foray.

Eric Proctormusic