Record Store Day continues to grow in popularity. It is normally celebrated every April and is aimed to increase consumer traffic toward independent record stores. The romanticism of going to a local record store has slowly dwindled away over the years, mainly due to the popularity of retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy who sell popular music at little to no profit to get consumers in the store to buy other things. It’s great marketing, but those giants have continued to destroy the independently owned record store and other businesses such as the independent jewelry store. Luckily, the record store is slowly re-emerging as consumers have regained the love for physical media.
Many recording artists have contributed in the fight against corporate America making the record store a thing of the past. Exclusive releases in the past on Record Store Day from major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Gaslight Anthem, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, South Park, and The Doors have only been sold in independent record stores have helped grow the popularity of and raise awareness for Record Store Day.
Along with Record Store Day every April, the program has also expanded to Black Friday which is overwhelmingly the heaviest shopping day of the year in the United States. Recording artists give independent record stores a mountain of exclusive material that can’t be found at Wal-Mart to go along with normal releases that are already in circulation. Buying from an independent store may cost a dollar more, but that dollar helps keep small businesses alive, which is a benchmark to the American dream.
Independent record stores that participate in the program nationwide can be found here. It’s important to get there early because these special releases can be extremely limited. Included in the exclusive Record Store limited edition releases for April 16th, 2016 are:
Anthrax: In the End/Antisocial available on 7″ vinyl.
Justin Bieber: Purpose available on 12″ vinyl picture disc.
David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World available on 12″ vinyl picture disc.
Johnny Cash: All Aboard the Blue Train With Johnny available on vinyl LP.
CHVRCHES: Every Open Eye Remix EP available on 12″ vinyl.
John Coltrane: The Roulette Sides available 10″ vinyl.
Bob Dylan: Melancholy Mood available on 7″ vinyl.
Brian Fallon: Georgia available on 10″ vinyl.
Florence + the Machine: Delilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart available on 12″ vinyl.
Grateful Dead: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 4/25/77 available on 4 LPs.
Iron Maiden: Empire of the Clouds available on 12″ vinyl picture disc.
Marvin Gaye: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) available on 7″ vinyl.
Grateful Dead: Wake Up To Find Out available on five 12″ vinyls.
The Kinks: Mister Pleasant available on 7″ vinyl.
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter” & “Tha Carter I” available on 2 LPs each.
Madonna: Like a Virgin and Other Hits available on 12″ vinyl.
Alanis Morissette: Demos 1994-1998 available on LP.
Muse: Reapers available on 7″ vinyl.
Notorious B.I.G: Mo Money, Mo Problems available on 12″ vinyl.
Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bullocks available on 12″ vinyl picture disc.
The Sonics: Live at Easy Street available on vinyl LP.
Soul Asylum: Grave Dancers Union available on 2 LPs.
Soundtrack: Star Wars the Force Awakens available on 10″ vinyl picture disc.
Soundtrack: Judgement Night available on vinyl LP.
Joe Strummer: “Gangsterville” available on 12″ vinyl.
Frank Turner: Positive Songs for Negative People available on vinyl LP.
More information on additional releases not mentioned above can be found here.
Support you local record store to ensure the love of music for future generations.