Record Store Day 2013 is upon us and we are very, very excited for a number of different reasons.
Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2013 will see the sixth annual celebration of the UK's unique independent sector.
Record Store Day is like Christmas for vinyl junkies, with exclusive and limited edition releases from artists - be it new, or unreleased music, rare re-pressed records, everything is only available on the day at the participating stores, all of which may only have a couple copies, if any at all, per release.
This year is set to be the biggest Record Store Day yet with over 450 limited edition releases hitting the shelves. Mod legend Paul Weller will be releasing two new tracks 'Flame-Out!' and 'The Olde Original' as a double a-side 7" single. A big supporter of the cause. he was quoted as saying;
"It's great to do a record that's released specifically for Record Store Day. There's so few record shops left that we should all treasure those remaining."
Tomorrow will also see Weller performing live in store at Rough Trade East in London, he will be joined by two members of up and coming band The Strypes and Miles Kane's drummer.
New Pulp track 'After You' will be available on vinyl for the first time as a 12" maxi single, with a remix by Soulwax as the b-side which you can listen to below as well as the bands own 'The 4am Desperation Disco To Disco Dub Version'.
Sister Ray's located on Berwick St in Soho will be curating a mini music festival to coincide with the event with seven acts playing live on a stage set up in the street between 12-7pm. Including folk-punk singer Frank Turner, who this year has released a limited edition version of his single 'Recovery', of the event Turner said,
"Record Store Day is a great and important event, in the changing world of the music industry, it's not only nostalgia that keeps record stores alive, they have an increasingly important role to fill in the business, and it's the least I can do to help out. Long may they thrive."
In-store performances will be happening up and down the country including Glasvegas at Avalanche in Edinburgh, The Twang at Head in Lemington-Spa and The Wedding Present at Truck Store in Oxford, to name but a few.
Other releases that have got peoples jaws dropping include David Bowie, with three releases this year - 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'/ 'Where Are We Now' as a collectible 7" single, a re-issue of 'Drive-In Saturday' on a 7" picture disc and also his '1965 EP'. Plenty of other music legends will have there names gracing the shelves including The Rolling Stones with their '5x5 EP', Jimi Hendrix, The Animals, Cream, Bob Dylan and The Small Faces. Contemporary favourites such as Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Foals, Best Coast and Joy Formidable all also have releases available.
JT, the Boss at Banquet Records puts in perfectly in this statement...
"Amidst a real changing time in music retail, Record Store Day is the day that restores not only everyone's faith in records and the physical format, it's also relights an excitement about the people that get those future gems to you. A celebration of the strength and diversity of independent shops and physical music. The events like nothing else and we can't wait."