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Here’s What Dropping on Record Store Day This Year

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Every year since 2008, droves of music enthusiasts have traveled to independent record stores around the world to shop for rare and exclusive releases—and to show their appreciation for vinyl culture. Now in its ninth year, Record Store Day is set to kick off on April 16, and organizers have just announced the list of special releases, Rolling Stone reports.

Highlights from the extensive offerings include: three David Bowie releases (a The Man Who Sold the World 12-inch picture disc, an I Dig Everything - The PYE Years 1966 12-inch vinyl, and a 7-inch picture disc of TVC15), a 25-year reissue of the Sublime cassette-only album Jah Won't Pay The Bills on cassette and vinyl, a 7-inch of Bob Dylan’s Melancholy Mood EP that was previously only available in Japan, live recordings from several bands, and a vocal album released by the estate of the late J Dilla, titled The Diary. There are also several new releases landing on shelves for Record Store Day for those who are into contemporary music.

The Record Store Day website offers a list of each release in alphabetical order by band name as well as a nine-page printable list [PDF] that you can take with you on the morning of April 16.

Images via Record Store Day

[h/t Rolling Stone]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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