Record Store Day marks its fifth anniversary today, April 21, and across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, thousands of independent record shops — stubborn survivors of hard economic times — will be marking the day with special releases from hundreds of diverse bands and artists.
The scores of releases you'll find come courtesy of the White Stripes, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Animal Collective, Deerhoof/of Montreal, St. Vincent, Miike Snow, Foster the People, Grouplove, Florence and the Machine, PiL, Arctic Monkeys, Shabazz Palaces, Sigur Rós, the Civil Wars, Hot Chip, Bruce Springsteen, Laura Marling, M83, and hell, even Katy Perry ("Part of Me," the Thin White Duke remix, in case you're tempted).
Both the Stateside Record Store Day website and its UK sister site offer the most inclusive list of vinyl releases planned, the cover sleeve art, and if those will be exclusive to Record Store Day or available beyond this weekend.
in New York, local stores like Other Music, Sound Fix and J&R Music World will have special events marking the day. Everest, WFUV's "house" band over April's Public Radio Music Month, will be playing at J&R Music World at 12 p.m. with a lineup of Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty and Doyle Dukes to follow. Exclusive vinyl discs will include PiL's new One Drop EP and Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II" 12-inch.
Other Music will open at 11 a.m. with a full day's worth of DJ sets from Four Tet, Suckers, Finders Keeper's Amanda Colbenson, Wild Nothing, The Men, Ex Cops, Black Dice and Psychic Ills. The store, which just began its own label, will also offer first sales of Other Music Recording Co.'s first single from Ex Cops.
Mates of States will be the special guests of Sound Fix in Brooklyn, appearing at 10:30 a.m. today.
To see what your favorite local record store might be planning today, go to Record Store Day's site.