The day has finally arrived. Record Store Day 2014 is tomorrow, April 19.
Now in its seventh year, Record Store Day is going stronger than ever. Celebrating independent record shops by bringing together musicians and fans, more artists and stores are participating than ever, not just locally, but globally as well.
The highlight for most, however, will be the hundreds of limited edition records that will be available for one day only, which vinyl lovers and music fans will be lining up early to get their hands on. Some of this year’s special releases include an album of Green Day demos, an EP containing four unreleased songs by Bruce Springsteen, tributes to Nirvana and the Violent Femmes, reissues from the Ramones, Husker Du, and more, the return of the Side By Side series, and the first new music from Sunny Day Real Estate in 14 years.
Many stores will also host live entertainment and signings as part of the festivities. In New York, stores such as the newly opened Rough Trade in Brooklyn, Other Music and Generation Records in Manhattan, and Looney Tunes Records on Long Island, will have in-store performances and DJ sets from artists such as Betty Who, Slothrust, Hospitality (all at Rough Trade), Doug Gillard of Nada Surf/Guided By Voices (Generation Records), Com Truise (Other Music), Moon Taxi, and James Maddock (both at Looney Tunes).
Record Store Day, while in most ways just a retail holiday, also reminds us that there is still a need for the local record shop. Once a place where people gathered over the latest music, has now become virtually eclipsed by digital music which needs no formal interaction to purchase. For one day out of the year, its nice to see people bond over a genuine appreciation for music and for the record shop to once again be the place to facilitate those bonds.
A full listing of Record Store Day releases can be found here. All records are subject to availability. Check out your favorite record store to find out what their hours are.