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Record Store Day 2016: 10 best special releases

Clockwise from upper left: Jay Reatard, Hüsker Dü, Run the Jewels, Ol' Dirty Bastard

Clockwise from upper left: Jay Reatard, Hüsker Dü, Run the Jewels, Ol' Dirty Bastard

"Brooklyn Zoo/Shimmy Shimmy Ya" — Ol' Dirty Bastard

Even in death, Ol' Dirty Bastard releases remain weirder than most. This 12-inch reissue includes two classic singles from the emcee's debut — "Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya" — as well as a picture disc displaying the iconic and infinitely hilarious food stamp album cover.

Grave Dancers Union — Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum's commercial breakthrough, Grave Dancers Union, made them worldwide rock stars and cemented their status as one of the preeminent alt-rock bands of Minneapolis in the early ‘90s. The double-LP release will include both red and green translucent vinyl and individual stamp numbering.

Melancholy Mood — Bob Dylan

Pulled from Dylan's recent Japanese tour, this release is a collection of bluesy standards that, if you've been paying any attention at all for the last few years, are quintessentially Dylan. The red 7-inch vinyl includes four songs from the Minnesota-born music legend’s upcoming album Fallen Angels, Dylan’s latest tip-o’-the-cap to songs made famous by Frank Sinatra.

"The Man Who Sold the World" and "TVC15" — David Bowie

There's probably no better way to pay homage to music's most beloved fallen weirdo. "The Man Who Sold the World" and Station to Station single "TVC 15" will receive picture-disc reissues, and the latter also includes a special cut of Bowie's somber masterpiece "Wild is the Wind."

Blood Visions (10th Anniversary) — Jay Reatard

The late, great garage-rock virtuoso Jay Reatard's widely acclaimed solo debut, Blood Visions, inspired a generation of apathetic hipster rockers. It’s officially a decade old, which makes us feel old. The release will include red vinyl and a batch of 7-inch demos.

VRTJ Viewer — Run the Jewels

It's a virtual reality smartphone add-on from the best hip-hop duo of the last five years. Honestly, what more do you need to know? The cardboard goggle viewfinder supposedly gives you an immersive trip into the video for RTJ single “Crown.” You'll just have to go with your gut with this one.

Islah — Kevin Gates

This major label debut from Louisiana-bred rapper is one of the more sonically and lyrically sophisticated hip-hop albums in recent memory. It's also the only proper Gates release you can find on double-vinyl.

"In a Free Land" — Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü diehards can finally get their hands on the out-of-print 7-inch single "In a Free Land." The long-awaited reissue from the Twin Cities punk legends will be limited to just 2,000 units, so call around on RSD eve.

Hoochie Coochie Man — Live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club — Muddy Waters

This double-LP blues staple was recorded in a stuffy/jazzy club during the dead of winter in Montreal 40 years ago. It features world-class studio musicians like Luther Johnson, Pinetop Perkins, and Willie Smith (say each of those names in a row and it sounds like you're quoting a Springsteen verse). The release includes heavy weight vinyl and a download card.

The Diary — J Dilla

J Dilla's long-lost 2002 vocal album has been out of print for more than a decade; it's the final installment of posthumous material from the widely celebrated hip-hop producer. The Diary features the voices of Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, and others, with production assists from Madlib, Pete Rock, and more. 

Record Store Day will be celebrated across the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 16. You can view the entire list of RSD special releases here