This Saturday, April 16, Record Store Day celebrates four years of promoting brick and mortar, non-corporate-owned music sellers. Since 2008, an increasing number of artists on both independent and major labels have concocted exclusive releases and recordings and made them available for sale only through independent record stores on the third Saturday of April, as a means of helping them continue to survive in today’s complex retail landscape (dominated by big box stores and digital downloads). In conjunction, many shops host in-store performances or giveaways. There’s always a good reason to visit your favorite local independent record store, but Record Store Day’s exclusives and artist appearances provide a hefty additional incentive.
- Adele “Rolling in the Deep” 10″: “Rolling in the Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle)” b/w “Rolling In the Deep (Live at World Caf?)”
- The Civil Wars “Dance Me To The End Of Love” 7″ (b/w “I Want You Back”)
- Foo Fighters Medium Rare: A previously unreleased collection of twelve covers
- Gorillaz The Fall LP: previously not available on vinyl
- Michael Jackson “Hollywood Tonight” b/w “Behind The Mask”: two previously unavailable remixes
- Kings of Leon Holy Roller Novocaine: the band’s 2003 debut EP reissued on 10″ red vinyl
- Lady Gaga “Born This Way” 12″ picture disc: “Born This Way” plus three remixes
- Ray Lamontagne Live Fall 2010 EP
- Mumford & Sons/Laura Marling Dharohar Project split 10″ EP: Previously only a digital release. Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling’s collaborative recordings with Rajasthani folk musicians in Delhi, including a reworking of the Mumford & Sons song “To Darkness”
- My Morning Jacket Z, It Still Moves, and Evil Urges: reissued as 2xLP picture discs in clear sleeves
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers white vinyl LP and You’re Going to Get It! blue vinyl LP: limited reissues of the Heartbreakers’ first two records
- Regina Spektor Four from Far EP: The Far digital bonus tracks, now on blue vinyl!
- The White Stripes “Let’s Shake Hands” b/w “Look Me Over Closely” and “Lafayette Blues” b/w “Sugar Never Tasted So Good”: the band’s first two singles reissued for the first time since 1998
Of course, not all of these will be in stock in every store listed on the Record Store Day site. For example, there’s a My Morning Jacket 12″ for “Circuital,” the new song they premiered on Storytellers, but it’s only available at two Kentucky record stores: CD Central in Lexington and Ear X-Tacy in Louisville.
So if you’re desperate for a particular exclusive, double-check that your local shop will be getting any copies. And while you have them on the line, see if they’re running any specials or hosting any performances. Make a day of it! And most of all, support your independent record store. It’s what 2011 Record Store Day Ambassador Ozzy Osbourne would want.