Record Store Day 2009 Is Announced

Record Store Day 2009 Is Announced
If you thought last year’s first annual Record Store Day was as awesome as we did, you’ll be pleased to know the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) has confirmed Round Two of the event. In 2009, the celebration will be held on April 18 and, like last year, is set to bring together shops, labels, distributors, artists and fans to honour independent record stores and the music culture they help support.

"NARM is so pleased to be sponsoring Record Store Day 2009," association president Jim Donio said in a statement relayed to us via CMJ. "The extraordinarily successful debut of Record Store Day in 2008 served to perfectly underscore how vibrant and vital record stores are to communities and economies around the world."

To refresh your memory, last spring’s event featured artists such as Stephen Malkmus, Vampire Weekend, Built to Spill, Billy Bragg and countless others offering up exclusive Record Store Day releases, playing in-stores and involving themselves in piles of other activities to lend their support.

Also during Record Store Day 2008, here in Canada, CBC Radio 3 held its inaugural Searchlight competition, in which Canadians had the chance to choose "Canada’s best record store.” As reported, Prince George’s Meow Records took that prize.

Stay tuned for more details on the event, which with any luck will only get bigger and better in 2009.

CBC Radio 3 in Meow Records