special-edition record store day discs to play again and again.

by liza darwin

Despite what the doubters say, record stores are still alive and well, thankyouverymuch.

In fact, the 4th annual Record Store Day- an annual event celebrating CDs, vinyl, and the record stores themselves- will take place this Saturday at independent locales across the country.

Besides in-store shows from both big timers and emerging performers alike, the day is a massive coup for music collectors. Dozens of special-edition discs will be released (or re-released, if they're classic albums) in honor of the occasion.

We've chosen our favorite items both from classic superstars and newer bands that anyone can buy at your local store. So even if you can't catch The Ravonettes in Raleigh or Regina Spektor in NYC, these are limited-edition discs you can keep playing long after the day is over.

Oldies but goodies:

AC/DC Shoot To Thrill b/w War Machine

Duran Duran, Girl Panic!

Eric Clapton and John Mayall, Lonely Years

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, I Love Rock n' Roll

The Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar

New stuff:

The Luyas/Twin Sister, Split

Lower Dens, Deer Knives b/w Tangiers

Cults, Abducted b/w Go Outside (remix)

The Naked and Famous, The Machine/No Light Double EP

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues b/w Grown Ocean

See the entire in-store schedule here.