Record Store Day 2013 is still 48 days away, but it already promises to be one of the most successful so far, as bands and artists are already announcing special releases for the annual day set aside to celebrate and support independent record stores.
Among the notable artists set to support the event with special edition releases is this year’s official Record Store Day ambassador Jack White, who this week announced that The White Stripes will release a special 10th anniversary edition of Elephant on April 20. According to White’s label Third Man Records, the limited edition release will consist of two vinyl LPs, one printed in split-color black and red, and the second in white, mastered from the original analog recording. The special release will also include an mp3 download card.
The list of participating artists is certain grow over the coming days and weeks, but Warner Brothers has announced that you can look for special releases from a number of their artists, including Foals, The Black Keys, Tegan and Sara, The Flaming Lips, Punch Brothers, and many others. There will even be a special limited edition 3-LP release of Cream Live at the Royal Albert Hall (1500 copies only), with the vinyl records appropriately cream-colored.
Now in its sixth year, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of April each year, as a way of celebrating, supporting and preserving the tradition of stand-alone, brick-and-mortar independent record stores, which nearly went extinct with the advent of digital downloading and have since largely been carried by the resurgence in popularity of vinyl. Ambassador Jack White has this to say:
The world hasn’t stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet. So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication?… We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others.
Record Store Day 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever, and participating independent stores typically have lots of deals, live performances, and plenty of in-store special events. Check the Record Store Day website to find participating retailers near you, and make plans to show your support for your local record store on April 20.