Record Store Day occurs globally only April 16th of this year, a day first conceived in 2007 to celebrate the countless struggling independent record store’s worldwide — though we should note that their numbers have sadly dwindled over the last decade or so. This is an event that has taken on significant importance in recent years, what with the international recession in full swing, the fact that just about every record imaginable crops up on illegal downloading sites, blogs and p2p clients, all the while online retailers such as Amazon aren’t that far away from actually monopolising the market. In my mind,there has still got to be a place for your local record store in this current climate, but then I am an avid record collector, a lot of people aren’t and would probably wonder what the point is in buying an LP , when you can grab in 22 minutes in full binary glory, all nice and zipped up from Rapidshare. The people over at Record Store Day really do deserve commendation for their efforts.
While I’m sure 99% of music lovers have probably illegally downloaded an album at least once (let’s face it, we all have), I still maintain there’s something special about painstakingly searching through the racks of vinyl in your favourite record emporium. It’s a chance to mingle with fellow music lovers, enjoy the music that’s been spun by the staff, find something totally unique or a record that will soon become integral to your collection and listen to or read about some unheard of recommendations. It’s a place that I’ll never tire of visiting. It’s a concept I don’t think your serial downloader will ever grasp. Death to those copy/paste mediafire blogs I say!
And it would seem Grinderman’s Jim Scavlvanos share’s these sentiments. Find your participating local store here (there’s over 180 in the UK, alone)
Do yourself a tremendous favour and go to a record store… The relatively mild exertion of getting off your fat, computer-shackled ass and venturing out to find the object of your desire, the thrill of moving through actual space and time, through row upon row of records, and the tactile ecstasy of fondling the quested treasure—all this will augment and enrich the mental associations the music invokes in you for the rest of your life. Source: James Sclavunos (Grinderman)
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age head honcho Josh Homme has posted this amusing video in support of Record Store Day. Pres play to allow him to ’splain some shit to you‘:
Certain to be among the top selling special edition records is the recently announced exclusive Radiohead vinyl, which according to At Ease:
As announced Today, Radiohead will be releasing a two track 12″ vinyl on the worldwide Record Store Day. The two tracks are The Butcher and Supercollider. The latter has been played before by Radiohead on their previous live shows. Record Store Day is on April 16 and there are rumours of a limited edition of 2,000 copies. This number is most likely for one territory only.
Download a pdf file containing all of the exclusive Record Store Day releases