Tomorrow is most important day on my religious calendar. It is a celebration of the holy grail and a celebration of mecca. People of my ilk wait all year for this day. (well for the last 5 years we have) I am speaking of Record Store Day of coarse!
For those who do not know, Record Store Day was created by Bull Moose’s Chris Brown. Yes, Record Store Day was created here in Maine and is now celebrated in independent record stores all over the world. Chris thought it would be a great way for us music lovers to celebrate music. At the same time it was a way of to support our local independent record stores.
The best part of RSD is all the releases. On record store day artist release limited edition vinyl and CD’s. This year I would guess about 200 or more artist are releasing some sort of material. Most release are not free, but there is always a ton of free posters, sticker, buttons, and samplers exclusive to record store day. You can find a fairly complete list of on Record Store Days website.
Another perk of Record Store Day is live music. Many record store will have special in-store performances, mainly of local and independent artist. I’ll try hitting up a few record stores for performances by Joe Gallant (Bull Moose Portland), The Mallet Brothers (Newbury Comics Portland), Dilly Dilly (Newbury Comics Portland) and maybe even Steiner Street (Bull Moose Scarborough).
I have been pouring over the releases and although I would like to buy a lot more, I have created a small list of swag I want to target. It is as follows:
The White Stripes – Hand Springs / Red Death at 6:14 7″
Joey Ramone – Rock N’ Roll is the Answer 7″
The Civil Wars – Billie Jean 7″
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines 7″
Mastodon/The Flaming Lips – A Spoonful Weighs A Ton 7″
Mastodon/Feist – Commotion/Black Tongue 7″
Eddie Veder – Love Boat Captain/Wishlist 7″
Deefhoof/of Montreal – Stygian x} Bisection 7″
Of Monsters And Men – Into The Woods EP 10″
Xiu Xiu / Dirty Beaches split 7″
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II LP
Sigur Ros – Hvarf-Heim LP
The Civil Wars – Live at Amoeba CD
I certainly wish I could pick them all up, but I’ll be on a budget. I will post something about the days events in the next day or so! If you love music I suggest you get out and support the bands and record store you dearly love. If you are in any of the above locations you can look for me, I’ll be wearing a torn up pair of jeans and a Juliette Lewis t-shirt. Come say hello! Get out and have some fun!!