So folks, Record Store Day is just around the corner. For music buffs, this is a great day to celebrate the awesomeness that is a record store and the atmosphere that it portrays. The site (recordstoreday.com) describes themselves and the event as such:
"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.
Record Store Day is currently managed by Michael Kurtz, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
This website does include information on participating International stores, but this is primarily a US site, and the releases and promotions featured on this site are for US stores."
That being said, here are a few goodies that musicians and bands will be releasing on April 21st, 2012:
††† (Crosses) – “Option“/”Telepathy” (limited to 1000)
Blood For Blood – “Enemy” (limited to 900, 600 grey vinyl/300 white vinyl)
Doomriders/Sweet Cobra – “Why Not Your Baby“/”Lying’ Down The Middle” (Devo covers)
Mastodon/ Feist – “A Commotion“/”Black Tongue” (limited to 5000)
Minus The Bear – N/A (two new tracks, limited to 1000)
Ozzy Osbourne – “Believer“/”Goodbye To Romance” (Randy Rhoads polka-dot colored vinyl)
Pelican/Playing Enemy – Split (colored vinyl)
The Flaming Lips/Mastodon – “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (limited to 5000, baby pink vinyl)
311 – “Record Store Day” (white vinyl, featuring four remixes from “Universal Pulse“)
Botch – “An Anthology Of Dead Ends” (limited to 750)
Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx (live tracks, splatter colored vinyl)
Metallica – “Beyond Magnetic” (limited to 5000)
311 – “Music” (numbered 180 gram vinyl, newly remastered by Joe Gastwirt)
All Out War – “Assassins In The House Of God” (limited to 400, pink vinyl)
Disturbed – “The Collection” (limited to 2500, five-album boxset)
Misfits – “Walk Among Us” (new packaging, limited to 3000, 1250 red vinyl/1250 blue vinyl/500 clear vinyl)
Ozzy Osbourne – “Ozzy Live“
Pelican – “Australasia” (limited to 750)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Stadium Arcadium” (box set)
Refused – “The Shape Of Punk To Come” (LP/CD/DVD & Poster, limited to 2000)
Ringworm -”Justice Replaced By Revenge” (limited to 400, yellow vinyl)
Ringworm – “The Venomous Grand Design” (limited to 400, yellow vinyl)
Snapcase – “Progression Through Unlearning” (limited to 900, yellow vinyl)
Tomahawk – “Eponymous To Anonymous” (limited to 2500, 3xLP box set)