Record Store Day: A Guide to the Best Rock Hitting 1,000 Shops

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Tomorrow, April 18th, music lovers worldwide will descend on local independent music shops to celebrate the second annual Record Store Day by picking up some of the hundreds of rare CDs and vinyl exclusives that will be available in 1,000-plus locations. Highlights include limited-edition 7'' vinyl from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, the Dead Weather, Modest Mouse and Sonic Youth. There's also a new live disc from My Morning Jacket, the reissue of Queen's first EP on compact disc, Radiohead's 12'' singles, the Misfits' Walk Among Us on vinyl and the opportunity to buy Wilco's upcoming DVD Ashes of American Flags before its release date.

With music sales down and indie stores struggling to keep pace with the remaining chains, Walmart and iTunes, Record Store Day is stocked with big names reminding fans of the significance of brick-and-mortar shops this year (it will be regularly celebrated on the third Saturday of April). Per the event's official Website, participating stores sell at least 50 percent music retail, aren't publicly traded and have ownership at least 70 percent located in the state it's operated in.

Last year's inaugural event featured an appearance by Metallica at San Francisco's Rasputin Music, and there's no shortage of special gigs and DJ sets in '09. Record Store Day will feature in-store performances from Chris Cornell, Disturbed, Ra Ra Riot and the Black Lips, to name just a handful. Since the event coincides with Coachella, acts like Franz Ferdinand and Mastodon will be doing signings at the Indio, California festival. Get the full rundown of participating stores at the official Record Store Day Website. As for the best of tomorrow's must-purchase releases and must-see performances, check out Rock Daily's Record Store Day guide:

Exclusives:
Bob Dylan - "Dreaming From You" 7"
Bruce Springsteen - "What Love Can Do" 7"
Wilco - Ashes of American Flags DVD
My Morning Jacket - Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal 2x10"/CD
Dead Weather - "Hang You From the Heavens" 7"
Elvis Costello - "Complicated Shadows" 7"
Sonic Youth / Beck - split 7"
Neil Young - Sugar Mountain Live at Canterbury House 1968 2LP
Tom Waits - Live from the Glitter & Dome Tour 7"
Radiohead - vinyl EP reissues
Modest Mouse - Satellite Skin / Guilty Cockerspaniels 7"
Flaming Lips / Black Keys split 7" (covers of Madonna's "Borderline"/Captain Beefheart's "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles")
New Order - "Temptation" / "Hurt" 7"
Oasis - "Falling Down Remix" 12"
Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song" / "Standing in the Shower" 7"
Misfits - Walk Among Us LP
Jenny Lewis & Elvis Costello - "Carpetbaggers" 7"
Pavement - Live in Germany LP
Leonard Cohen -" "The Future" / "Suzanne" live 7"
Jesus Lizard - Inch 7" Box
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu Live 2LP
The Stooges - "1969" / "Real Cool Time" 7"
Depeche Mode - "Wrong" 7"
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope LP
Queen - Queen's First EP CD
Flight of the Conchords - "Pencils in the Wind" 7"
Dandy Warhols - Special Remix Disc
Bad Religion - 7" EP reissue
Black Kids - Wizard of Ahhhs 10"
Akron/Family - "Everyone is Guilty" 7"
Andrew Bird / Loney Dear split 7"
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Born on a Day" 7"
Blitzen Trapper - "War is Placebo" 7"
Booker T - "Warped Sister" 7"
Cold War Kids - Live at Fingerprints CDEP
Derek Trucks - Already Free CD EP
Gaslight Anthem - Live at Park Ave 10"
Gomez - "Airstream Driver" 7"
Iron & Wine - Norfolk 6/20/05 CD Lykke Li / El Perro del Mar split 7"
MC5 - "Kick Out the Jams" / "Motor City is Burning" 7"
Talking Heads - 77 LP [reissue]
Slayer - "Psychopathy Red" 7"
Taking Back Sunday - "Carpathia" 7"
The Decemberists - "The Rake Song"
The Smiths - "Headmaster Ritual" 7"
Breeders - Pod / Last Splash LP reissues
Death Cab For Cutie exclusive T-Shirt
Grateful Dead exclusive T-Shirt
Rivers Cuomo - Live @ Fingerprints CD and CD/DVD Combo
Green Day - Dookie LP [reissue]
Grizzly Bear - Live on KCRW 7"
Guided By Voices - Hold on Hope LP

Performances:
Zion I, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy - Bozeman, MT @ Cactus Records
Ra Ra Riot - East Lansing, MI @ Flat Black and Circular
The Bouncing Souls - New York, NY @ Generation Records
Del McCoury Band/Charlie Louvin/Avett Brothers/Stardeath & White Dwarf - Nashville, TN @ Grimey's
Scott Ian of Anthrax - Hollywood, CA @ Amoeba Records
Toadies - Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters
Gorilla Zoe - Memphis, TN @ Spinstreet & Pop Tunes
Cotton Jones - Nashville, TN @ The Groove
Disturbed - Portland, ME @ Bullmoose
Killswitch Engage - Scarborough, ME @ Bullmoose
Jay Reatard - Memphis, TN @ Goner Records
Eagles of Death Metal - Claremont, CA @ Rhino Records
Chris Cornell - Minneapolis, MN @ Electric Fetus
Prefuse 73/Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Bill Callahan - New York, NY @ Other Music
Silversun Pickups - Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin Music
The Black Lips - Tucson , AZ @ Zia Records
Graham Coxon/Patrick Wolf - London, UK @ Pure Groove
Mark Olson & Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks) - Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records
3OH3! - Orlando, FL @ Park Avenue Records

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