If you grew up digging through the stacks, discovering new music and yourself while attempting to look cool at your local record store, there’s something of a national holiday for you. April 17 is Record Store Day, and plenty of artists will release singles, albums, DVDs and more to celebrate.
And we’re not talking chump change bands, either. The Beastie Boys, LCD Soundsystem, Hold Steady, Mastodon, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Japandroids, Deerhoof, Fanfarlo, Fucked Up, Wilco, TV on the Radio, Black Keys, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Julian Casablancas and more will all drop gems. You get the point. Record Store Day is cool.
Some releases are extremely limited, so check the latest list at the Record Store Day website, then check to see if your local store is participating. And some releases are brand new, some old (Sup Pop’s offerings span both, for instance). Head out tomorrow to support not only the bands but the independent stores that made it all possible at some point.
“If we lose the independent record store, we lose big,” said Henry Rollins. Or as Jack White put it, “Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help it from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.”