Now in its fourth year in the UK, April 21st is the date for 2012’s Record Store Day. Originating in the States in 2007, Record Store Day was launched as a celebration of the sadly declining independent record store. While numbers still continue to fall, vinyl sales in the UK are on the up.
Of course you shouldn’t need a specific day to make good use of great record shops, but there are incentives to make an extra effort on April 21st. Many stores will be hosting in store performances (Glasgow’s Love Music and Newport’s Diverse Music look good to us), DJ sets and offering food and drink.
Though the most enticing part is of course the exclusive Record Store Day releases, largely but not exclusively on vinyl. The full list of this year’s offerings is here: http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/exclusive-product.aspx
Highlights include limited releases from The Raveonettes, The Horrible Crowes, Smoke Fairies, Richard Hawley, M. Ward, Pokey LaFarge with even Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan getting in on the act. There are reissues from several eras (Candy Flip anyone?) that include film soundtracks and a Dr Who sound effects LP from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
For the latest news, details of events and participating shops check out the Record Store Day website: