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Our vinyl picks for this year’s Record Store Day

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Anti-Flag, Live Acoustic at 11th Street Records ($20) As 11th Street Records’ owner Ronald Corso tells it, it was as simple as the Pittsburgh punk band’s management coming to shop and inquiring about an in-store. That led to a live acoustic performance with 125 fans—including crowdsurfers—in the rear studio. The nine songs were recorded and later pressed as an official Record Store Day release. “It’s a major-label record with the name of the store namechecked in the title,” Corso says. “That’s pretty great—our first one out of the gate.”

Various Artists, PunkSexy: A Las Vegas Punk Rock Tribute to Prince ($20) Local imprint SquidHat Records amassed 11 covers of Prince-penned songs by bands such as Franks & Deans (“Jungle Love”), Mercy Music (“Purple Rain”) and The Dirty Panties (“Raspberry Beret”) for its contribution to Record Store Day, available on—what else?—purple vinyl. (Also available on CD.)

Patti Smith, Horses: Live at Electric Lady ($40) The punk poet and her band recently ran through their seminal debut at the same NYC studio where it was originally recorded, and its release will mark the launch of Electric Lady’s new imprint.

The White Stripes, The Complete John Peel Sessions ($30) The former duo’s oft-bootlegged sessions with the late British radio DJ, in requisite white and red vinyl.

Lush, Orgami ($100) The long-dormant British guitar band reemerges with a boxed set that includes all five of their albums, each pressed with a different color.

Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball ($45) The Americana icon’s acclaimed 1995 album finally comes out on high-quality vinyl, with extras to boot.

Record Store Day April 16, start times vary. Participating stores: 11th Street Records, Record City, Zia Record Exchange.

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