Tom Petty and Built to Spill test pressings… colored vinyl Flaming Lips… rare John Coltrane… and more. This is your brain on vinyl. Any questions? Happy birthday to Record Store Day.
By Uncle Blurt
We love vinyl here, deep at the BLURT underground ICBM bunker. In fact, the only folks we know that love vinyl even more than us would be the rabid collectors at our sister business, Schoolkids Records (the independent record store chain has locations in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Needless to say, then, this is the time of year when things start getting a bit nutty, vinyl-wise: Record Store Day looms this week (April 22), and the three stores will be opening early as usual. The Raleigh store will also be hosting in-store performances as usual, starting at 1PM. (Didja know they sell beer?) Meanwhile, the Durham location also has four acts, starting at 2PM. Check out the lineups, below.
Making this RSD particularly noteworthy is the fact that 2017 marks the event’s 10th anniversary. If you are the one person in the country who doesn’t know about RSD, you can read a story we ran a few years ago in which the founders of RSD reflected on its origins and trajectory. And to see what titles are being offered this year, click on the above RSD link.
So to mark the anniversary, Blurt, Schoolkids and Warner Bros. records have teamed up to offer some free limited edition swag. You can see the list below. All you have to do to enter into the contest in order to have a chance to win one of the records is send us your name, email and—most important of all—your snail mail. (Include the latter even if you live within driving distance of one of the three stores.) Put in the subject line Blurt RSD Contest. We will notify the winners this Friday (April 21), so you should send in your entry no later than Thursday.
Here’s the email address to send your entries:
Good luck, fellow vinyl geeks! And a big BLURT thank-you to the folks at Warners for making this happen—and to the Record Store Day crew as well. The aforementioned swag:
Built to Spill Untethered Moon (Warner Bros. test pressing)
Electric Wurms (aka Flaming Lips & Linear Downfall) Musik (WB purple vinyl test pressing)
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden (WB test press)
Iron & Wine Morning Becomes Eclectic (WB test press)
John Coltrane The Roulette Sides (Roulette Record Store Day LP)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Live Anthology (WB test press)
>PLUS a special Record Store Day ten-year anniversary record tote bag (courtesy WEA)