Record Stores have it all! That is, they have it all if by “it” you mean vinyl records and by “all” you mean the music that inspired so many of today’s greats, made by yesterday’s greats. On April 18, hundreds of artists will be promoting record stores in honor of the dusty back bins of vinyl records in small indy stores where they first found their calling.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is this year’s Record Store Day ambassador, and he’s happy to go on record to express his enthusiastic nostalgia for all things vinyl
“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store. 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.”
In celebration of records, bands release new titles ONLY at “REAL LIVE RECORD STORES” on April 18, with events planned at stores around the globe. There’s a complete list of stores and new releases on the Record Store Day website.
Record Store Day new releases include Courtney Barnett’s “Kim’s Caravan,” The White Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan,” “Witness” from Makthaverskan,” and The Pizza Underground’s “PU Demos.” There’s also some fun going on with creative and whimsical record styles like the new acoustic version of Father John Misty’s “I Love You, Honeybear.”
“In a form terrifically true to Tillman’s predilection for irony and visual exuberance, the single’s been pressed on a heart-shaped cherry-red 7″ vinyl. It’s limited to under 6,000 copies, so better snag yours quickly!”
It’s not just a day for musicians and bands either. Some unlikely suspects are singing for record stores with even a world famous physicist inspired to do his bit. Stephen Hawking has sung out in support with his cover of Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song,” a track that was featured in last year’s Monty Python Live (Mostly) tour.
Records and vinyl are making a comeback in a big way, and if you haven’t had a chance to give them a spin, Record Store Day is the perfect day to start.
“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.”
Go ahead! You know you want to.
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