Well, a special set of Record Store Day 2015 pieces will not only highlight the fact that this is still the case, but will also be closely associated with the stores themselves!
“Every year I’m asked which releases are my favorite, and every year my list includes the ‘Live Ats’. I love every thing about an in-store performance… It can be a really special event for the musicians and their fans, and when that atmosphere gets transferred to a Record Store Day release, it’s like a perfect encapsulation of what I mean when I say that record stores can be really magic places,” says Carrie Colliton, an RSD co-founder.
This year sees two “Live Ats” on the list of RSD Official Releases: Tegan & Sara Live At ZIA Records, a recording of their in-store performance at the Phoenix outpost of the Southwestern indie chain in 2013, on aqua blue 12” vinyl; and Justin Townes Earle Live At Grimey’s, an eight track 10” release of his set at Nashville’s beloved Grimey’s New and Preloved Music.
Record stores also put their opinions and expertise to work when creating two other releases on the list. Record store employees across the country chose the catalog tracks on Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Vol. 2 (following up Vol. 1, released on Record Store Day 2014), making for a very unique perspective on the music of the legendary label. One record store owner in particular took the curating reins for Record Store Day Presents: Trojan Records: Rude Boy Rumble, which brings together music from that legendary label as chosen by Vintage Vinyl St. Louis owner Tom “Papa” Ray, aka The Soul Selector.
Which came first, the label or the store? Often the answer is both for the business entrepreneurs who have a hand in both sides of the record business. And really, who better to release a record than someone with frontline knowledge of what people want to hear?
This year, lots of record stores are releasing records for Record Store Day 2015 on their own (mostly self-titled!) record labels. Crooked Beat Records (the label from Crooked Beat Records in Washington DC) releases three very limited 7”s: an EP from The Everymen, Spaceship Opening: A Very Short Tribute to Eric’s Trip and a 7” single from both Indio Bravo and Insurgence DC. Graveface Records (Graveface Records, Savannah, GA) releases the Carousel EP, a split from Ireland’s Dott and Bay Area-based Night School. Goner Records (Memphis’ Goner Records) used the new Memphis Record Pressing to press their two EPS, Savage Mind from Aquarian Blood and Lazer Lord from Giorgio Moroder. Jackpot Records (Portland, OR) continues the RSD release tradition of their Jackpot Records label with the first vinyl release of No Memory from No. 2, the shortlived Portland band that came out of Heatmiser (the release was mixed by Elliott Smith). 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (from the Oakland, CA store of the same name) releases a 7” from the legendary band The Buzzcocks, with an unreleased track from their latest album sessions. And last but not least, Daddy Kool Records (coming out of Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg, FL) has a 7” single from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, showcasing their big damn gritty country blues.
More information on these and all the other titles being released on April 18 as part of the eighth annual Record Store Day, a celebration of the culture of the indie record store can be found at www.recordstoreday.com
Record Store Day is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Record Store Day takes place annually on the third Saturday of April.
Record Store Day 2015 Sponsors: ADA, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Disk Union, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Discmakers, InGrooves, Music Business Association, RED, Redbull. Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA