It’s that time again.
Yes, tomorrow, April 18, 2015, is Record Store Day.
The following is from the RSD official site on the lowdown on all things in, of, and about the analogue groove modulation.
Indie record stores were the only music teachers I ever had. The world would be a dark and lonely place without them.
“Sorting, sifting, admiring the art, eager to buy it, anxious to get home to play it and display it. Going into a record store is an experience and thank god it’s not one that can be downloaded. Some shit just can’t be downloaded. Record Store Day is a reminder to all of us that music is a thoughtful, curated experience that goes far beyond the download. So let’s keep our local record stores alive.”
Hannah Hooper (Grouplove)
“Folks who work here are professors. Don’t replace all the knowers with guessors keep’em open they’re the ears of the town”Tom Waits
“I think it’s high time the mentors, big brothers, big sisters, parents, Guardians, and neighborhood ne’er do wells, start taking younger people That look up to them To a real record store and show them what an important part of life music really is. I trust no one who hasn’t time for music. What a shame to Leave a child, or worse, a generation orphaned from one of life’s great beauties. And to the record stores, artists, labels, dj’s, and journalists; we’re all in this together. Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help It from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.”Jack White
There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in LA, I realised what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come. Cheers!Paul McCartney
Every year, the most exciting thing we do is watch the list of RSVPs roll in from musicians and artists who check HELL YEAH to the question “Are you going to be at a record store on Record Store Day?” This year, over 600 artists—locally known, regionally beloved, nationally recognized and globally phenomenal—will help celebrate those stores we love so much. Surprise announcements came in just this week that our #RSD15 Ambassador DAVE GROHL will set up his FOO FIGHTERS at Record Connection, and Amanda Palmer confirmed a DRESDEN DOLLS reunion at Rough Trade. ALL TIME LOW, who have the #1 album in both the US and the UK this week are meeting the fans at Schoolkids, MORBID ANGEL does the same at Waterloo. STEVE EARLE, JASON ISBELL, DAMIEN RICE, YELLOWCARD, GWAR, EX HEX, TV ON THE RADIO, the list of artists heading to a record store on Saturday is wide-ranging and we really wish we could be everywhere at once.
You can find a list of events, hi-jinks, performances and signings scheduled at the stores using the scrolling list right down there on the right hand side of the page, and you can check out our press release for some highlights HERE. Best thing to do? Follow your local store(s) on their social media(s) or give them a shout, or head on in in advance to find out what’s on the dancecard. There are parties being planned Saturday. It’s gonna be awesome.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Grohl at Fingerprints on RSD 2011. Photo by Laura O’Neill
*There are three categories on this list. These are them:
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE. These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.
*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/19 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.
*We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store and let them know what you might be looking for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s a good place to start. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?
INTERNATIONAL LISTS. We don’t control what gets released in which countries. Someday, every release will be available everywhere without issues (we hope!) but that day’s not today. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Record Store Day sites in other countries.