The 11th annual Record Store Day (RSD) returns on April 13 — just one month from today. For those who are unfamiliar, RSD honors independent record stores across the country. To celebrate, many stores hold live music events, artists make special appearances, and record labels publish exclusive vinyl albums to debut in limited quantities that day. This year, tons of those exclusive albums are rooted in pop culture, featuring music from iconic shows and movies.
Here are some of the geekiest and most nostalgic albums being published this RSD — they’d be a great addition to any record collection or the perfect way to start one. You can find a full list of album releases and a list of participating record stores at RecordStoreDay.com. (Note: Call your local shop to verify they’ll have the album you’re interested in.)
This movie is amazing, and so is its soundtrack — it’s full of absolute bops from artists including Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Anuel AA, Juice WRLD, and Lil Wayne. The album is coming to vinyl for the first time for RSD, featuring a lenticular cover.
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks and Galaxy 4
Whovians, get stoked. These exclusive albums (sold separately) are narrated full-cast TV soundtracks from two popular Doctor Who serials. The Destiny of the Daleks album features Tom Baker as the Doctor and is pressed on red vinyl with blue splatters. The Galaxy 4 album stars William Hartnell as the Doctor, and is pressed on orange vinyl with purple splatters.
It’s been 10 years (what? how?) since J.J. Abram’s Star Trek released in theaters. Fans can get the soundtrack, featuring Michael Giacchino’s original score, on vinyl this RSD.
Cowabunga! This vinyl single really couldn’t get any cooler. The song was first released on tape in 1990 as part of the Coming Out of Their Shells tour, then appeared on the Turtles in Time arcade machine. The exclusive RSD single cover is decorated with Turtles Tour attire and includes two removable patches.
The Transformers soundtrack is basically a mid-’00s alt-rock time capsule (Lincoln Park, Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls) and now fans can get the album on vinyl. That isn’t the only Transformers-themed RSD release, though. The Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers Dark of the Moon soundtracks are debuting on vinyl, too.
OK, so this is basically a glorified “Best of Queen” album, but it is full of all of the classics featured in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody. The soundtrack will come to vinyl for the first time this RSD.
David Lynch himself is overseeing this reissue of the elusive Twin Peaks season two soundtrack. Released in 2007 as a limited CD, the soundtrack has never been available digitally and is getting its first vinyl release this RSD. The vinyl will include Twin Peaks stills in the gatefold jacket.
It’s been two decades since The Sopranos premiered on HBO, and fans can get the popular “Peppers & Eggs” compilation of music from the show on vinyl for the first time ever this RSD. The limited-edition vinyl features songs from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, and Elvis Costello. It’s also pressed on “Prozac & Booze” colored vinyl because, of course.
Speaking of 20th anniversaries, the cult classic Office Space is celebrating one, too. This stapler-red vinyl features music from the movie, including tracks by Ice Cube, Geto Boys, and Slum Village.
Always look on the bright side of life — the soundtrack to Monty Python’s Life of Brian is coming to vinyl! The limited-edition picture disk features new artwork overseen by Terry Gilliam and includes unseen material from the Monty Python archive.
Music On Vinyl releases a special RSD two-LP soundtrack, containing a selection of defining songs from all five seasons of the popular series. The soundtrack includes songs by Dave Porter, Gnarls Barkley, J.J. Cale, Los Cuates de Sinaloa, The Beastie Boys, Badfinger, Nat King Cole, and The Monkees.
Get all of the music from HBO’s Sharp Objects on vinyl for the first time this RSD. From the opening credits’ “Dance and Angela” to Snoop Dogg’s “I Love My Momma,” the collection is full of fun and diverse tracks.
Feel like you’re riding alongside Michael Knight as you relive this classic ‘80s show with Stu Phillip’s original score on vinyl.
The ‘90s are calling, and they want this soundtrack back! (And baby pre-Titanic Leo.) This is the soundtrack’s vinyl debut, with a limited run of 2000 copies for RSD.
Another ‘90s classic! This hit horror film features hits from artists including The Offspring, L7, Soul Asylum, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Korn, and more, all collected in this soundtrack. For its vinyl debut, the two-LP set includes original artwork by “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin.