It seems that there is a day for almost anything nowadays. Even for record stores!
Tomorrow Saturday, April 20, 2013 is Record Store Day. Many independant record stores around the globe are participating and offering special events and special deals.
What's It All About?
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
Record Store Day is currently managed by Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton, in coordination with Michael Bunnell and Eric Levin.
Special Releases On Record Store Day
Many artists are doing special releases on Record Store Day, there are three categories.
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 the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. Under 1000, 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, in the same format, at other retailers.
You can find the detailed list of the special releases here: RSD Special Releases. It's also available as PDF file.
Will you visit a record store in your neighborhood tomorrow? What other days should exist? Please leave a comment.