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15 Record Store Day items you have to hunt down this weekend

April 16 2014, 5:22 PM EDT By Scott Heisel Brittany Moseley Jason Pettigrew

For Jamia… 7-inch
LIMITED TO: 500 copies
ON: Photo Finish Records

It’s quite touching that the former My Chemical Romance guitarist would offer up versions of classic love songs to the love of his life and mother of his children. But these clinically insane versions of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” and the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” are the kinds of things you sing karaoke to when you’ve duct-taped your lover to a chair. Because if you can’t have him/her, nobody should, right? Awesome as it is creepy, and completely worthy of your hard-earned cash. [JP]


An Ideal For Living 12-inch
LIMITED TO: 7,500 copies
ON: Rhino Records

Joy Division’s debut EP An Ideal For Living is getting a makeover for Record Store Day. The four songs were remastered by the band’s longtime engineer Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios earlier this year. Like the original 12-inch, this reissue will feature the scaffolding cover art rather than the original 7-inch cover art which featured a drawing of a Hitler Youth member. Shockingly, I don’t own any Joy Division vinyl, so I figure there’s no better place to start than the beginning. [BM]


Chaos Is My Name LP
LIMITED TO: [pressing information unavailable]
ON: Hydra Head Records

Another genius release from highly regarded forward-thinking metal label Hydra Head, Khlyst’s Chaos Is My Name is 43 minutes of serious doom-ambient death vibes perpetrated by guitarist/programmer/producer James Plotkin and drummer Tim Wyskida (Khanate). The thing that sounds like a monitor lizard in heat is Runhild Gammelsæter, who was not only the lead singer for the punishing doom band Thorr’s Hammer, but the coolest cellular biologist you will ever meet. Hydra Head are offering this 2006 release on vinyl for the first time, so you can scare the living shit out of people in your life who you care about 30 to 40 percent of the time. [JP]


Ain’t It Fun 12-inch
LIMITED TO: 2,700 copies
ON: Fueled By Ramen

Considering the music video for “Ain’t It Fun” has racked up more than 11 million views in two months, we likely don’t have to tell you 1) how good of a song it is and 2) how this custom “broken” record ties into the clip—but man, it is just too cool. The A-side features the single version of the track, with U.K. act Dutch Uncles contributing an exclusive remix for the flipside. Considering how much guitarist Taylor York was gushing to me about how great Dutch Uncles were when I wrote Paramore’s cover story last year, it’s safe to say this is an artist-approved remix. [SH]


The Opera Ain’t Over Til The Fat Lady Sings! LP
LIMITED TO: 1,000 copies
ON: Beer City Records
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: [pricing information unavailable]

No, you’ve never heard of this band. Odds are, most of you haven’t heard of the reason why I care about this band, either: Rev. N0rb, Suburban Mutilation’s singer, went on to form one of the wackiest, craziest and downright catchiest punk bands ever, Boris The Sprinkler. (Please go buy all of their albums immediately, thanks.) Suburban Mutilation were different, though; this Green Bay, Wisconsin, band were cut from the ’80s-hardcore cloth, and this, their debut album, has been out of print for 30 years. If you’re one of the collectors lucky enough to have an original press, this is still worth picking up, as the audio has been remastered, making gems like “Daddy Was A Nazi,” “You’re A Dilemma” and “Don’t Psychoanalyze Me” sound even better. [SH]


Do Rabbits Wonder? LP
LIMITED TO: [pressing information unavailable]
ON: Third Man Records

Whirlwind Heat were a bass, drums and synthesizer trio hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who were plucked out of Midwestern obscurity by Jack White back in the days before the White Stripes began cashing the Blues Explosion’s checks. Originally issued on White’s Third Man label in 2002, Do Rabbits Wonder? takes up the common space in a Venn diagram referencing jagged underground rock, math-rockin’ bass lines, sprawling electronic weirdness and a singer who vacillated between bored nihilism and weirdo non sequiturs. Third Man is reissuing this sucker on something like 2,000 different colored vinyl copies, but you should get it this weekend because your iPod is looking pretty dull with all that scene-routine you got all over it. [JP]


In Utero: In Tribute LP
LIMITED TO: [pressing information unavailable]
ON: Robotic Empire

2014 has been an important year for Nirvana, with highs (the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ) and lows (the 20th anniversary of frontman Kurt Cobain’s death). This year is also a big one for independent label Robotic Empire, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary and 100th release, which happens to be a Nirvana covers album. In Utero: In Tribute sees bands like Circa Survive, Thursday, Ceremony and more covering all the songs from Nirvana’s third and final album. The album, which comes on maroon vinyl with a RSD-exclusive poster, will also be available on iTunes the same day. [BM]


The Muppet Movie LP
LIMITED TO: 2,500 copies
ON: Disney

My dad once informed me that anyone who doesn’t like Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and the Muppets is un-American. Because of that, I take it as my duty as an American citizen to buy this re-release of the original soundtrack to 1979’s The Muppet Movie. No doubt the release is just a total cash grab by Walt Disney, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a frog with a banjo. [BM]