Published on April 17th, 2014 | by Michael0
International Record Store Day
With Free Comic Book Day around the corner I thought I’d draw attention to its younger brother, International Record Store Day. Saturday 19th April sees the 7th annual Record Store Day, an event conceived along the lines of Free Comic Book Day; designed to spark interest in an oft dismissed medium, bring in business to local, independent stores and give a huge range of artists a chance to expose their work to a large audience.
Vinyl has long been the collector’s medium of choice and seems to be enjoying a revival of late; digital copies offer the consumer flexibility with the music, records are perhaps the aesthete’s choice, leaving the poor old CD out in the cold. Record Store Day caters to these tastes with hundreds of artists crossing all genres releasing records on the day, often exclusive, limited run releases. It has become an annual tradition to see music lovers and collectors alike queuing from the wee hours outside record shops hoping to get their hands on a new disc.
This year promises to be huge with other 600 new releases expected. From Johnny Cash to Eric B, Creedence to Frank Zappa, the day covers all musical bases. Particular highlights include Nirvana’s Pennyroyal Tea 7” to commemorate 20 years since Kurt Cobain’s death and the annual Warner Brother’s ‘Side by Side’ single, a rock classic with a modern cover on the B Side. This year the honour goes to The Cure with Just Like Heaven with Dinosaur Jr’s cover grungy cover on the reverse. Dinosaur Jr are also releasing a box set of five 7” singles. There are more left field attractions too, gravelly voiced actor Matt Berry has a single out from his forthcoming album Music For Insomniacs, David Lynch gets in on the act with an album and an EP and The Space Project is a fascinating offering from Lefse Records, using the sounds of planets recorded by Voyager One and Voyager Two. Artists collaborating on this new twist on the Space Rock genre include The Antlers, Youth Lagoon and Beach House.
A full list of the day’s releases can be found here
To check for your nearest participating store, follow this link
So go on, support your local record store and feed your need to consume!