Record Store Day continues to grow in popularity. It is normally celebrated every April and November and is aimed to increase consumer traffic toward independent record stores. The romanticism of going to a local record store has slowly dwindled away over the years, mainly due to the popularity of retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy who sell popular music at little to no profit to get consumers in the store to buy other things. It’s great marketing, but those giants have continued to destroy the independently owned record store and other businesses such as the independent jewelry store.
Many recording artists have contributed in the fight against corporate America making the record store a thing of the past. Exclusive releases in the past on Record Store Day from major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, South Park, and The Doors have only been sold in independent record stores have helped grow the popularity of and raise awareness for Record Store Day.
Along with Record Store Day every April, the program has also expanded to Black Friday which is overwhelmingly the heaviest shopping day of the year in the United States. Recording artists give independent record stores a mountain of exclusive material that can’t be found at Wal-Mart to go along with normal releases that are already in circulation. Buying from an independent store may cost a dollar more, but that dollar helps keep small businesses alive, which is a benchmark to the American dream.
Independent record stores that participate in the program nationwide can be found here. It’s important to get there early because these special releases can be extremely limited. Included in the exclusive Record Store limited edition releases for November 27th, 2015 are:
Beck: “Dreams” available on 12″ vinyl.
David Bowie: “Earthling.”
Johnny Cash: “Man in Black Live in Denmark 1971.”
The Clash: “The Clash.”
Phil Collins: “In the Air Tonight” available in 7″ vinyl.
Dave Matthews Band: “Live Trax Vol 5” available as a vinyl box set.
Eazy E: “Merry Muthaphuckin’ Xmas” available on 7″ vinyl.
Garbage: “Garbage 20th Anniversary.”
Ben Harper: “Fight For Your Mind.”
Joan Jett: “Sessions” available on 12″ vinyl.
Paul McCartney: “Say Say Say” available on 12″ vinyl.
Megadeth: “The Threat is Real” available on 12″ vinyl.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: “Live at the Middle East.”
Nine Inch Nails: “Halo I-IV” available as a vinyl box set.
Elvis Presley: “If I Can Dream” available on 7″ vinyl.
Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody” available on 12″ vinyl.
Run DMC: “The Singles Collection” available as a five 7″ vinyl set.
The Sonics: “Fifty.
Various: “Garden State Soundtrack.”
Various: “Transformers Soundtrack, 30th Anniversary.” (applause!!!)
More information on additional releases not mentioned above can be found here.
Support you local record store to ensure the love of music for future generations.