What Is Record Store Day (RSD)?
“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. 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.” – via recordstoreday.com
In other words, RSD is something for music geeks of all kinds and vinyl junkies to get stoked about all over the world. I’m spending RSD in the city of Chicago and picking up Dave Hause’s Home Alone EP before heading over the Reggie’s later in the evening for the Lucky Boy’s Confusion show.
When Is It?
This year it is on Saturday, April 18th. RSD is held annually on the third Saturday in April. Check with your local record stores for their hours of operation.
Who Is Releasing Music?
You can view the United States’ official release list here or download the printer-friendly pdf copy from their website. Keep in mind that if you’re hunting for particular purchases it is recommended that you call your local shops in advance. Not all stores are carrying every release.
Note: I’ve only linked the U.S. list here, if you live internationally, visit their website for a list of your country-specific releases.
Where Can I Go?
Since it’s a worldwide event you can find your participating store near you with their handy dandy locator.