Independent record store owners, unite! Or something like that.
This Saturday, April 21, 2012, is Record Store Day—a day to celebrate and support independent record stores, as well as to honor our musical heritage in general. Now in its fifth year, from its humble beginnings in 2008 at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, CA, Record Store Day has grown into an international phenomenon, with hundreds of exclusive record store releases (including many 7” vinyl singles only available in the stores) and in-store appearances by musical artists.
Among the long list of artists releasing special records for this year’s Record Store Day are: Regina Spektor, The Civil Wars, M. Ward, Arctic Monkeys, The Flaming Lips, Florence + The Machine, St Vincent, Wilco, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and hundreds of others. (Over 250 special releases are being reported in the UK alone.)
A number of acts are also releasing some unique compilations and collaborations for Record Store Day, such as Carolina Chocolate Drops with Run DMC, and Feist with Mastodon. There will also be special releases by legendary acts like Janis Joplin, Abba, Miles Davis, and James Brown. (Click here for an official list of releases in the US, or here for UK releases.)
Many artists (both independent and label artists) are making special in-store appearances tomorrow in record stores across the globe. For example, if you happen to drop into Easy Street Records in Seattle, you might just get a glimpse of Dierks Bentley. Or check out Trampled By Turtles at Sound Garden in Baltimore, or Langhorne Slim at Grimey’s in Nashville. Many participating record stores are even hosting a whole lineup of live bands during their opening hours.
With all the changes taking place in the music industry today, Record Store Day is a great opportunity to support local vendors, to help celebrate and preserve our heritage—and also to pick up some awesome vinyl records and CDs you won’t find anywhere else. On Saturday, April 21, head to your local independent record store and pick up some awesome new music! Go to the Record Store Day website to search for participating stores.