Eventually, the idea went global, and now every second Saturday of April is officially known as Record Store Day.
And for any music fan, it’s the one day out of the year you can get your hands on one-of-a-kind LPs and EPs, most being released or re-released in limited runs just for Record Store Day.
So Saturday, April 20, is Record Store Day, and although the closest record shop is in Corpus Christi, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it as well.
The official ambassador this year is none other than Jack White of the White Stripes, who’s been known to come to the aid of ailing indie record shops whenever need be. Not to mention he does own his own record label.
And this year, there’s a slew of really great vinyl that’s coming out just for Record Store Day.
David Bowie’s releasing a single off his newest album on a 7-inch picture disc, limited to 3,000.
Mumford and Sons is releasing a live recording 10-inch EP, limited to 4,000.
A few bands are releasing cover versions of popular songs along with their original counterparts like Misfits and The Lemonheads doing Skulls on a 7-inch picture disc, limited to 3,000.
Deep Purple and Type-O Negative are doing the same with the song Highway Star on both 7-inch clear and 7-inch purple vinyl, limited to 3,000.
Willie Nelson is getting in on the game with a 7-inch single on green vinyl of his song “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” It’s limited to 3,000 also.
And to change things up a bit, Comedy Central’s South Park is releasing a 7-inch single of their fan favorite tune “Gay Fish” with only 2,000 being available.
But one of the more unique releases will be the Dazed and Confused soundtrack on two (weed) green vinyl 12-inch. Every song from the movie was originally released on vinyl, since they’re all from the ’70s, and now you can listen to them the way they were meant to be heard.
Now, not every record store will get every release. But if you call them up and ask them, they should already have the orders in and can tell you which records they have received.
Another interesting aspect of Record Store Day are the free live shows. Sadly to say, there doesn’t seem to be much happening at the two participating record stores in Corpus Christi, but if you feel like driving up to Austin, you’re bound to find free music, food and drinks at any local record store all day long.
For the entire list of releases, head over to www.recordstoreday.com or visit the closest record shops we have at www.surfclubrecords.com and www.welovevinyl.com.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.