The date, of course,
is April 21. Coming to a reputable indie shop near YOU.
By Fred Mills
2012 marks the fifth anniversary of Record Store Day – and
if you don’t know what RSD is, you are definitely reading the wrong website.
Each year the organizers manage to make our jaws drop with the exclusive
offerings they’ve managed to wrangle out of artists of all stripes on both
major and indie records, and this year is no exception.
Head over to the RSD website and click on the links for the
PDF list as well as the pull down menu showing details and artwork. They’ve got
all the exclusive releases as well as “limited run/regional focus” titles plus
the “Record Store Day First” titles, so check ‘em out, and spend some time on
the site because the collective list is MASSIVE.
There’s everything from Abba, Animal Collective and Arcade
Fire to The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic and Townes Van Zandt, with the likes
of Small Faces, Mike Watt, Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, Iggy & the Stooges,
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Devo and Captain
Beefheart sprinkled somewhere in the middle. (We are especially hot for the
Pete Townshend Quadrophenia Demos Part 2 ten-inch vinyl, as we picked up Part 1 last November during the RSD “Black Friday” offshoot.)
Equally cool: they’ve released a special RSD app for
iPhone/iPad and Android that offers the latest news, store directory/store
finder, special events happening at various indie stores (not restricted to
just April 21, either), and a list of various contest available via mobile
devices. There are also insta-links to the RSD Twitter feed and Facebook page.
The app uses GPS to locate you in relation to the nearest RSD-registered store,
so there’s no way you can not wind up
in the record bins of your choice on April 21.
Oh, and incidentally: if you happen to be anywhere near
Raleigh, NC, that day, drop by Schoolkid’s Records at 2114 Hillsborough Street – several of the BLURT staffers will be hanging out, scoring cool vinyl,
checking out the live music, etc. Come up an introduce yerself!