Merge Records is celebrating Record Store Day with hometown Durham store BULL CITY MUSIC and college station WXDU by hosting a day of Merge artists, and streaming it for everyone who can’t make it to the Bull City. Listen to it here, (or below)starting at 3 PM today to hear sets from MAC MCCAUGHAN, EX HEX and WILLIAM TYLER until 6 PM.
Take a Record Store Day trip to Bull City today via the magic of the web.
Every year, the most exciting thing we do is watch the list of RSVPs roll in from musicians and artists who check HELL YEAH to the question “Are you going to be at a record store on Record Store Day?” This year, over 600 artists—locally known, regionally beloved, nationally recognized and globally phenomenal—will help celebrate those stores we love so much. Surprise announcements came in just this week that our #RSD15 Ambassador DAVE GROHL will set up his FOO FIGHTERS at Record Connection, and Amanda Palmer confirmed a DRESDEN DOLLS reunion at Rough Trade. ALL TIME LOW, who have the #1 album in both the US and the UK this week are meeting the fans at Schoolkids, MORBID ANGEL does the same at Waterloo. STEVE EARLE, JASON ISBELL, DAMIEN RICE, YELLOWCARD, GWAR, EX HEX, TV ON THE RADIO, the list of artists heading to a record store on Saturday is wide-ranging and we really wish we could be everywhere at once.
You can find a list of events, hi-jinks, performances and signings scheduled at the stores using the scrolling list right down there on the right hand side of the page, and you can check out our press release for some highlights HERE. Best thing to do? Follow your local store(s) on their social media(s) or give them a shout, or head on in in advance to find out what’s on the dancecard. There are parties being planned Saturday. It’s gonna be awesome.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Grohl at Fingerprints on RSD 2011. Photo by Laura O’Neill
*There are three categories on this list. These are them:
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE. These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.
*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/19 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.
*We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store and let them know what you might be looking for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s a good place to start. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?
INTERNATIONAL LISTS. We don’t control what gets released in which countries. Someday, every release will be available everywhere without issues (we hope!) but that day’s not today. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Record Store Day sites in other countries.
RSD UK: HERE
RSD GERMANY: HERE
RSD BELGIUM: HERE
RSD NETHERLANDS: HERE
RSD FRANCE: HERE
RSD MEXICO: HERE
RSD ITALY: HERE
RSD SPAIN: HERE
Folks tell us all the time that the preview video hosted by Chris Brown of Bull Moose is a part of Record Store Day they really look forward to. And those folks (and you!) don’t have to look forward to it any longer because here it is. It’s a long one, but it’s PACKED with sneak peeks at things coming out on April 18, so get yourself all comfy and check it out.
Pianos Become The Teeth are celebrating RSD with a 7” release of two tracks from the sessions for their KEEP YOU album. Right here’s the video for one of them, “895”.
Garbage celebrate RSD with a 10” two-track release which includes this track, “The Chemicals”
Recorded at a record store. Released on Record Store Day. That just makes so much sense when you’re talking about how to celebrate a day devoted to record stores. Tegan & Sara do it this year with their 12” vinyl release, LIVE AT ZIA RECORDS.
Portland’s orchestral indie-folk band TYPHOON releases a beautiful video for their “Prosthetic Love” track, done on acoustic piano, just like it is on their RSD 7” release.
We never tire of watching records get made. Especially when it’s the first time on vinyl for a really sought-after record, like the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s THE DARJEELING LIMITED.
We’ve collaborated with Red Bull Sound Select since last Record Store Day because their mission to develop new artists fits in quite nicely with our mission to guide people into their nearest record store. On Record Store Day this year, participating stores will have both a special Red Bull Sound Select limited edition art print and postcards to celebrate. The image on both is a piece by Kosmo Vinyl, a visual artist with roots in the British punk scene (think The Clash, the Jam, Ian Dury, etc.) who created this just for the occasion. The back of the postcards introduces folks to two of Red Bull Sound Select’s favorite new artists. Both of these are free while the last, like special party favors, at participating record stores on Record Store Day.
(Record Store Day is worldwide, of course, and so is Red Bull Sound Select. In New Zealand, Red Bull Sound Select is pairing with twelve great record stores to give a special 12” featuring four Red Bull Sound Select artists to customers, their own special limited edition party favor.)
Rich Robinson is releasing a special 7” single for Record Store Day this year. The A-side is a track off his latest album The Ceaseless Sight and the B-side is a live cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “Up From The Skies”. Rich talks here about why he chose that particular Hendrix tune.
Look for the special 7" release from Rich Robinson in record stores on Record Store Day and enter to win a special Rich Robinson prize pack, with all the goodies below, right here right now.
St. Paul and The Broken Bones are nothing but in love with their home state of Alabama. And we are digging that the love comes through in their release for Record Store Day 2015, an Alabama-shaped record, which was recorded live at the Alabama Theatre.
Planning the world’s biggest celebration of record stores is thirsty business, which is why we’re thrilled to have Dogfish Head Craft Brewery as a sponsor this year. From the very beginning, Dogfish Head has been a brewery that counts music as an essential ingredient in their product. And we’re proud to reveal along with them The Official Poster of Record Store Day 2015. This cool image, made by concert poster artist Marq Spusta, will be available as a free poster at select record stores on Record Store Day and at a few beverage stores hip enough to stock Dogfish Head as well.
Built To Spill’s new album UNTETHERED MOON will see the light of day on vinyl at record stores on (also known as Record Store Day) and 500 random transparent blue vinyl copies will be somewhere in those record store racks across America. We’re excited, and also excited to have the new track “Living Zoo” right here for you to listen to.
Continuing in the long line of kick-ass shouters-out of the glories of the record store, we are proud to announce that one Mr. David Grohl will wear the sash of Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.
A STATEMENT FROM THE DESK OF RECORD STORE DAY 2015 AMBASSADOR DAVE GROHL:
I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.
1975's K-Tel's Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the Original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.
Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70's and 80's, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life. Every weekend I couldn't wait to take my hard earned, lawn mowing cash down for an afternoon full of discovery. And, the chase was always as good as the catch! I spent hours flipping through every stack, examining the artwork on every cover, the titles and credits, searching for music that would inspire me, or understand me, or just to help me escape. These places became my churches, my libraries, my schools. They felt like home. And, I don't know where I would be today without them.
More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rediscover this sense of excitement, that magical feeling of finding something all one’s own, by watching my kids go through it. Let me tell you: Nothing makes me prouder than watching my daughters spin that first Roky Erickson LP one of them picked out for their very own on one of our weekend trips to the record store. Or to watch the reverence they have as they handle their Beatles vinyl. How carefully they replace the albums into their sleeves, making sure they’re placed back onto the self in the proper sequence. Watching them realize how crucial and intertwined every part of this experience is, I relive the magic of my earliest experiences with vinyl singles and albums, their artwork, liners notes etc. all over again and again.
I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them.
You never know, it might change your life forever, too.
Record Store Day is very proud to announce that we have teamed up with the legendary Blue Note Records to celebrate their 75th Anniversary year with the creation of BLUE NOTE AUTHORIZED DEALERS, stores who have a particular focus on Blue Note artists. Blue Note will be reissuing 100 titles from their legendary catalog over the course of the year, and Blue Note Authorized Dealers (BNAD) will be the place to find those reissues, as well as a monthly EXCLUSIVE reissue, which you can find first, and for a limited time, ONLY at Blue Note Authorized Dealers. Blue Note Records devotees and folks wanting to learn more about this celebrated label will want to seek out these special record stores.
The 75th Anniversary celebration is being personally guided by Blue Note Records President Don Was, and this big fan of record stores was also involved in the creation of BNADs:
“It's impossible to overstate the beauty of the serotonin and dopamine rush that one experiences by browsing thru a REAL live Record Store! Speaking as a music fan, I'm so grateful to the independent retailers who've kept this tradition alive. The history of Blue Note is inextricably interwoven with these incredible stores... It's a great honor and a very natural progression for us to partner-up with them in this uber-cool Authorized Dealership program.”
Check out the list of Blue Note Authorized Dealers and the special Anniversary reissues here: www.recordstoreday.com/BNAD (Come visit often as the list of Dealers and releases is updated!)
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Click here for the RSD Archives