The new staff members aren’t yet able to post in the staff blog, so I’m doing my favorite son Adam Thomas a big favor here and posting his blog about this year’s Record Store Day. I’m lending my support to this blog post, as Record Store Day is a big fucking deal for guys like us who buy vinyl and albums that you can’t get at Best Buy, etc. So give Adam your full attention and support your local record stores if you have any! As a sidenote, here are some possible names for his future column: Adam’s Spasms, Adam’s Orgasms, Adam’s Chasms. Just some suggestions.
Just a little reminder for y’all, the fourth annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 17th. For those not in the know, Record Store Day is a world wide celebration of independent music retailers, marked by a plethora of special releases from musicians on both major and indie labels, and special in-store appearances by tons of bands both big and small. So why honor the local record shop? Despite the fact that they can at times be a bit more pricey than their superstore counterparts, local record stores foster a sense of community amongst their consumers, stocking albums based on what their clientele want, not based on corporate buggery and marketing deals. This personal touch is what they rely on to survive, and with retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy holding brick and mortar retail music sales by the balls and internet stores such as Amazon and Apple’s iTunes gaining more ground ever day, survival is becoming tougher.
Now here’s the big question: what makes Record Store Day 2010 so special? Well, besides a chance to support a vital pillar of the music community, there’s the swag. In honor of Record Store Day there will be special releases (and re-releases) by such Sputnik approved bands as Against Me!, Coheed and Cambria, Bon Iver, Hot Water Music, The Get Up Kids, Mastodon, Manchester Orchestra, Modest Mouse, Omar Rodriquez Lopez, and the RX Bandits. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some participating stores will also be offering intimate in-store performances. Just to list a few, the California based Amoeba Records chain will be having special performances by The Smashing Pumpkins (Hollywood) and Jonsi Brigson (San Francisco), Between the Buried and Me and Mastodon will at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC, Alice In Chains will be at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes Barre, PA, Circa Survive will be playing an acoustic set at the Newbury Comics in Norwood, MA, and Minus the Bear will be playing two sets at Sonic Boom in Seattle, WA. Can you think of a better way to kill some time on a Saturday afternoon? Probably, but that’s no excuse to miss the musical celebration that is Record Store Day.
For more info on participating stores in your area, go here.
And for a full list of Record Store Day Releases, put your cursor here and click furiously.
Also, Adam says you can probably think of something better to do this Saturday, but no you fucking can’t. Support RSD.