The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
This just in: Watch a great video about some of this year's releases. Hosted by Chris Brown of the New England indie chain Bull Moose (and he's modest, but we're gonna give him some extra special props: Record Store Day? Yeah, that was his idea.)
It's getting crazy up in here. All kinds of releases are coming out of the woodwork, and we've tried to put together a comprehensive list download here. (and webpage here) A couple of things to keep in mind: There will most likely be additions to this list, and things even we don't know about yet. We'll add releases and details as we learn them. And if something is limited, we've listed that here as well. And yeah, most Record Store Day releases are limited. And some of them are super-CRAZY limited. Also, we don't tell a store what to bring in, nor do we sell the pieces ourselves. That is a relationship between store and distributor, and not all stores will have all pieces, and there are probably going to be some pieces that no store has enough of. That's what limited releases are all about. So talk to your favorite store: find out what they will have, tell them what you want. And here's hoping everyone gets what's on their list for Record Store Day. Follow us on Twitter for faster updates, in 140 characters or less.