Record Store Day, April 16, 2011

Tomorrow marks the fourth annual Record Store Day. It will be the fourth year of the celebration. And of all the bands to kick it off, Metallica started it off at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, California, in 2008. The first official ambassador was Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal in 2009. Last year it was Jesse’s friend, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures, and this is it is none other than Ozzy Osbourne, who requires no statement about his musical history!

Of course the goal is to get people out to their local independent music shop, and support them. And to help entice people, there are plenty of limited edition releases to be found. Some examples include an Adele Rolling in the Deep 10″ LP, a Beady Eye Exclusive Limited Edition 7-inch Vinyl Box Set, Flogging Molly Don’t Shut ‘Em Down 7″ 45 with a track from the new album, “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”, and an acoustic version of “Saints and Sinners”, the Foo Fighters cover album, Medium Rare on 120 gram 12″ vinyl, a couple Bad Brains releases, God of Love on 12″ vinyl with a bonus 7″ of two never ever released tracks (“Let’s Make Love” and “It’s Agreeable”), and Pay to Cum reissued on 7″ just for Record Store Day, a Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 10″, Gotta Get The Feeling b/w Racing In The Street, and much much more! See the full list over at the official Record Store Day website.

I will be heading out to a few local record stores, likely just to buy some nice releases I do not own yet. I am not really a record collector, mainly since I do not have a turntable at the moment, however some of the special releases would be very nice for sure!

Along with all special releases, many bands and artists will be doing special performances, including Regina Spektor in New York City.

Chris Brown (no, not that one), the creator of Record Store Day has a video on YouTube showing off plenty of the special releases. It is embedded below.

Get all the information over at the official site, recordstoreday.com.

I will post a blog entry in a day or two with what I pick up. So, happy Record Store Day, and support your local independent record shop!

Edit, for my fine Montreal readers:

Some fine record stores:

Aux 33 Tours
Cheap Thrills
Phonopolis
SoundCentral
Johnson Cummins latest Maximum Wattage column that touched on RSD.

I know I can add more, however sleep is needed so I can attend Record Store Day!

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