Published Feb 15, 2008In an attempt to keep physical retailers and musical intimidation alive and well, the first-ever Record Store Day has been announced. To be held on April 19, the day will celebrate the culture of record shopping nationwide across the U.S., with five record store alliances and countless independent music stores and their surly staff lined up to participate.
The events mission statement reads: "For most indie record stores, the rumours of our demise are not just greatly exaggerated, theyre downright confusing. As we continue to provide our communities with a rallying point for the arts, our customers are speaking loud and clear, were not letting you guys go anywhere.
Record Store Day comes in the wake of multiple retail closures in the U.S. and around the world, where chains such as Tower Records, HMV and Sam Goody have closed several, if not all, of their locations.
Spearheading the campaign are the Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Coalition of Independent Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, Newbury Comics and Value Music Group of Indie Stores, which will be helping organise free events and performances at participating retail outlets. Also, they will provide customers with a free "goodie bag, which will promote new formats and releases, as well as include a note to remind you every band the store clerks know is more relevant than every band you know, and, well, generally make you feel stupid.
Record Store Day has also so far gathered some pretty big-name backers, such as Damon Albarn, Cameron Crowe, Mike Patton and, um, Ziggy Marley.
Here is what Sir Paul McCartney, aka the Cute Beatle, said on the events website: "Theres nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in L.A., I realised what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why Im more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come. Cheers!
Also, Shelby Lynne had this to say: "You can't roll a joint on an iPod buy vinyl! True dat, Shelby, true dat.
No word yet if a Canadian equivalent is in the works.
Typical record store etiquette