The 2013 Record Store Day festivities will be held on Saturday, April 20. Since 2008, the third weekend in April has been set aside to celebrate the art of music and the independent record stores that sell it. It has been so successful that a second day was added last year on Black Friday.
Festivities normally include artist appearances, cookouts, and special, limited edition vinyl pressings. This year will be no exception. The Black Keys and the Stooges will release a split, 7” sunburst-colored vinyl single of the Stooges classic “No Fun,” which will be limited to 7,500 copies. 1,500 copies of Cream’s 2005 reunion set at Royal Albert Hall will be released on a three-disc vinyl box set. The Flaming Lips remastered Zaireeka album will also be released on four different colored 12” vinyl records, which will be limited to 7,500 copies.
Jack White has been named the 2013 ambassador for Record Store Day. Under the moniker of Third Man Records, Jack White operates his own record label, recording studio, and record store in one building in Nashville, TN. He also hosts concerts at Third Man Records that are pressed to vinyl as the show is being performed. To say he is a fine choice for the title of Record Store Day ambassador would be an understatement. Mr. White is not taking the title lightly, either. He has written a poignant essay on the state of our society, and he has filmed a humorous video of himself touring the United Records Pressing Plant in Nashville. He is also reissuing the White Stripes’ legendary album Elephant on two split-colored (black, red, and white) 12” vinyl records. This pressing will also be limited.
In Memphis, Goner Records on Young Avenue and Shangri-La Records on Madison will participate in the festivities. Be sure to visit them on Record Store Day, or any other day, and support your local independent record stores. To read Jack White’s official ambassador essay, to watch his video, or for any other information about Record Store Day 2013, please visit the official Record Store Day website.