Record Store Day isn’t just about buying records. As it’s name suggest, it’s first and foremost a celebration of independent record stores. To this end many shops, large and small, have special events such as artist meet-and-greets, free give-aways or live music. Record Store Day’s full list of events is here. Below is a guide of the most anticipated of these throughout the U.S. of A. Be sure to seek out what your local retailer has planned by visiting their website or social media updates.
As per usual Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville has something extra special planned for Record Store Day: Jack in person creating the “World’s Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.”
The Third Man website explains: “First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.”
UPDATE – Third Man’s Instagram and twitter are documenting “The World’s Fastest Record!” process.
Third Man will also host Whirlwind Heat’s farewell performance, also their first live show since 2006. The website adds, “a great selection of local vendors will be on hand to keep everyone well-fed and refreshed… and there will, as always, be some surprises…For those who can’t score tickets, The World’s Fastest Record will be made available for sale from the front of Third Man Records as soon as copies are pressed. Anybody who shows up that day during business hours wanting to purchase a copy will get one. Third Man promises to deliver until all customers are satisfied (one per customer, obviously!). The World’s Fastest Record will only be available at Third Man Records on Record Store Day. One time only!”
Here’s the Third Man Records schedule for April 19, 2014:
10am – Jack White recording World’s Fastest Record (limited edition “Lazaretto” 7”) and short concert
2pm – Whirlwind Heat Live
4pm – Collect your RSD exclusives on your way out of the venue and enjoy your evening!
Third Man isn’t the only store in Nashville going all out for Record Store Day. Grimey’s has a full schedule of performances – including John Oates, Bully, Needtobreathe, Secret Sisters, PUJOL, Ranch Ghost, Majestico, Promised Land Sound and Lower Caves – as well as Artisanal Chocolate, ice cream, food trucks, craft-brewed beer, local vendors and a sidewalk sale. Pujol and Promised Land Sound will be pulling double duty, as they’re also joining Turbo Fruits (a set of Misfits covers), Fly Golden Eagle, Kings of the F**King Sea and Buffalo Clover at Nashville’s Fond Object Records first anniversary party.
…visit Sunshine Daydream in Lake Zurich, Illinois to enter to win a limited edition Grateful Dead Live At Hampton Coliseum double LP set. The store will also have free refreshments, giveaways, 20% off on all clothes, tapestries, and a wide selection of Grateful Dead collectibles – plus a slew of new jamband concert posters.
Also in Chicago…
…G. Love will play an in-store at Record Breaker..
….and Kim Deal (Pixies, Breeders), Kelly Deal (Breeders) and Morgan Nagler (Whispertown) are playing a set together at Wicker Park’s Reckless Records.
As previously reported here, Dallas’ Good Records is throwing a huge bash: food trucks, over 450 special releases on sale and a long list of bands and DJs scheduled to perform – Air Review, Buffalo Black, Dovetail, Ice Eater, Madison King, Nervous Curtains, Oil Boom,Pinkish Black, Kaela Sinclair, Son of Stan, and Wire Nest among them. Don’t miss Midlake’s special unplugged performance at 5 PM and Stardeath & White Dwarfs with Tyson Meade of Chainsaw Kittens performing Bowie’s classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in its entirety at 11 pm. All details, including bios and free music stream links for all bands, are on this awesome site. Scroll down for parking information and other logistics.
The Black Angels will play at Austin’s Waterloo Records at 5 pm.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be signing goods and performing with The Revivalists at Baltimore’s Sound Garden.
Phillip Phillip will perform at Rasputin Music and DVDs in Berkeley, California.
Denver’s Twist and Shout welcomes Drive By Truckers at 3 PM on Record Store Day for an in-store performance followed by a meet-and-greet in support of their new album English Oceans. All are welcome to attend free performance but only fans that have already acquired wristbands will be able to meet the band.
Eric Burdon of The Animals and War will be signing copies of The Animals EP and his latest solo album‘Til Your River Runs Dry at Miami’s Sweat Records. Billed as Sweatstock 5, the Miami store will host in-stores by numerous bands including Sunbears! and Plastic Pinks.
Music fans in New York have a variety of events to check out. Rough Trade opens at 9 am with a full day of musical performances highlighted by Hospitality, Perfect Pussy and Amen Dunes. Generation Records also has a full day of in-stores. Other Music hosts a performance by outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 pm (as well as DJ sets throughout the day by Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson); and Kim’s Video will have DJ sets by Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, and members of Psychic Ills and Prince Rupert’s Drops. Bushwick’s The Crate will have its Grand Opening on Record Store Day with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets. The schedule for RSD in NYC is below:
11 am Dap-Kings DJ Set
1 pm Betty Who
2 pm Slothrust
3 pm Palehound
4 pm Mark Mulcahy
5 pm Milagres
6 pm Amen Dunes
7 pm Perfect Pussy
8 pm Fear of Men
9 pm Nothing
10 pm The Rails
11 pm Hospitality
12 pm Zachary Lipez (Noisey contributing writer – DJ set)
1 pm Doug Gillard (Nada Surf / Guided By Voices guitarist – DJ set)
2 pm DADDY LONG LEGS
2:40 pm Aaron Cometbus (author of Cometbus zine – DJ set)
3:45 pm The Golden Grass
4:30 pm Mr. Fine Wine (of WFMU’s Downtown Soulville – DJ set)
5:15 pm Pour The Pirate Sherry(an
Kim’s Video DJ Sets
11 am Bruno Meyrick-Jones (Prince Rupert’s Drops)
12 pm Margaret the Prog Lady (Dust & Grooves)
1 pm Mike Newman (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records, East Village Radio)
2 pm Tres Warren (Psychic Ills, Compound Eye, Messages)
3 pm Mick Collins (the Dirtbombs, the Gories)
4 pm Hiro Kone (Group Tightener Records, Up Died Sound)
5 pm Edan the Deejay (Lewis Recordings)
Mike Mills will be at the Scarborough, Maine location of Bull Moose (457 Payne Road) at 2 pm singing autographs and celebrating R.E.M.’s new 4 LP Unplugged box. It’s a fitting appearance for several reasons, noted themaineedge.com: a cassette of R.E.M.’s Fables of the Reconstruction was the first sale at the first Bull Moose store; Record Store Day was co-founded by Chris Brown, head of marketing for Bull Moose in Maine and New Hampshire and Mills has a reputation as a huge supporter of record stores. “In whatever towns we would go to,” Mills says of touring with R.E.M. “we’d try to find the local record store and see what we wanted that we didn’t have already. That was our passion. That was pretty much our life. It was all about music and we were happy to do it.”
Finally, Oklahoma City’s Guestroom Records will host live music by Sugar Free Allstars (3 pm), Travis Linville (4 pm) and Colourmusic (5 pm). The Norman location have live music by Kyle Reid & The Low Swinging Chariots (1 pm) and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (2 pm). Additionally, Wanda Jackson will have a meet-and-greet in the OKC location the Tuesday following Record Store Day. “Buy her Record Store Day single on Saturday and have the Queen herself sign it the following Tuesday!”