What is Record Store Day? Welcome to the generation that has never been to a record store, let alone know what a record is. Forget that; April 21 marks the day when artists, fans, and 700+ record stores come together to form a more perfect union by reminding people that yes, record stores are still around, and yes, they’re still awesome. Basically it promotes the little guys (record stores) and the actual sale of music by having meet-and-greets, performances, and limited edition vinyls and albums for the consumers. The website states, “In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths.”
Why is Record Store Day important to you? While no one likes paying for music when it’s conveniently ready for download on The Pirate Bay or other torrenting websites, RSD is an awesome way to connect with your fellow music junkies and maybe even artists. But most importantly, RSD 2012 is exciting beeeeeecause (drumroll please) The Flaming Lips are releasing the most kickass LP ever. Just to name a few artists featured on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP, we’ve got Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. SERIOUSLY. Here is a complete list of other artists releasing exclusive materials on RSD, and on the website, you can find the nearest record store participating!
“I think it’s high time the mentors, big brothers, big sisters, parents, Guardians, and neighborhood ne’er do wells, start taking younger people That look up to them To a real record store and show them what an important part of life music really is. I trust no one who hasn’t time for music. What a shame to Leave a child, or worse, a generation orphaned from one of life’s great beauties. And to the record stores, artists, labels, dj’s, and journalists; we’re all in this together. Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help It from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.” - Jack White