The wait is over – Record Store Day announce the full list of official releases for 2019.
Every year, Record Store Day sees tens of thousands of people up at the crack of dawn to be first in line at their favourite record shop. Hardcore fans camp overnight, armed with nothing but a flask and a camping chair, just to get their hands on that rare David Bowie vinyl, or niche unreleased movie soundtrack.
Now in its 12th year, Record Store Day 2019 is set to be the biggest yet, and on 13th April, 250 independent record shops will participate in the most anticipated day in their calendar. Not just about selling records, the event shines a light on cooperative spirit and the effect independent record shops can have on their community. For RSD supporter, Iggy Pop, the humble record shop is where it all started.
“In my life, music has been a balm for loneliness. It was in the cheap ass little record store that I found a way to connect with other people. I was 18. It was a theatre, a glimpse at the world of commerce, and a cultural library; and my experiences as a teenage clerk were full of humour, and curiously warm.”
What’s so special about the annual list of releases is that no matter what your musical leanings – from jazz to grime, punk to soul, there will be something on there that gets you excited. And now, the wait for this year’s list is finally over, as Record Store Day reveals the releases at their London launch event. From legends like Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to cult British newcomers, IDLES, Slowthai and Blossoms. Musicians have rallied together to support independent record shops with special presses and brand new releases.
IDLES frontman, Joe Talbot, who will be releasing the band’s MEAT and META EP’s on vinyl for the first time, sees the initiative as an opportunity to give something special back to the fans. “Record Store Day is a celebration of worth, artistic exploration and conscientious craftsmanship that closes the gap on mindless consumerism... That celebration pushes both sides of the music industry to be more mindful on how and why art and music is consumed and create something more beautiful and meaningful and something worth more to label, artist and fan.”
Other notable releases this year include: a long-lost album by Desmond Dekker, an exclusive box set from The Fall, a previously unreleased Gorillaz LP and the legendary Twin Peaks soundtrack.
For a full list of this year’s releases, or to find your local participating record shop, head to Record Store Day’s website here.