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RECORD STORE DAY 2014

The list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork.  (If the artwork isn't there yet, check back. We'll keep posting as it comes in.) These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 19, the SEVENTH annual Record Store Day.  Things change OFTEN in this business, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations will be posted as they happen. Life is a work in progress, after all, and so is our list.

*Here's a key to what all the categories mean:  
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format. 


‘CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE TITLE’ RELEASE.  These are titles that have been created by Canadian labels for the Canadian market.

RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds. 
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE.  These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.


*Yes, there may be titles you've heard rumours about that are not on this list. These may be things that have a 4/19 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.

*Don't be shy. Get in to your neighborhood record store now and LET THEM KNOW what you are hoping for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s the best place to start, and they are the people to talk to. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. We don't tell anybody what to order. Stores will order the items they think their clientele will want: another reason to make your wishes know at your fav indie store. (Search the list of stores using the handy form at the top of this page.) Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?

 
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BLUE RODEO

Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo, Canada's Official Record Store Day 2014 Spokesband, wax enthusiastic over independent record stores. Join them as they taste the joys of shopping for vinyl in the Great White North.

 
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UPDATED LIST

Getting psyched for Black Friday? Here's the link to the printable pdf Wish List/Shopping Guide of exclusive releases. It's updated with the addition of maple leafs to indicate titles that appear on Canadian label release sheets. Stuff on Canadian release sheets is more likely to be available in reasonable quantities on Black Friday. Items without maple leafs may still be available from stores who are able to order stuff from the U.S. As always, we don't tell independent record stores what to order and your best bet is to check with the store you are planning to shop with.

 
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GET READY FOR BLACK FRIDAY 2013

GET READY FOR BLACK FRIDAY 2013

It's that festive time of year again, made even more wonderland-ish by all the artists who are preparing special stuff for indie record stores to sell on Black Friday, November 29th. Here's the link to the printable pdf Wish List/Shopping Guide of exclusive releases that will be available at local indie music shops in Canada.

Here's the link to the big list with details and cover art.

If you are going to shop on the busiest day of the year, be a happy camper and do it at an independent Record Store. You'll likely find gifts you want for yourself as well as groovy stuff for friends. Some of the items on the list are completely exclusive to indie record stores; some we just have earlier than everybody else.

Please remember, Record Store Day is the organizer of this event, but we don't provide the items to the stores. We don't tell anybody what to order and we don't control how much is created or where it ends up. If there is something on the list that you've gotta have, your best bet is to LET YOUR INDIE STORE of choice KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. Then they can do everything possible to get it for you. (All items are produced in limited quantities, and there will no doubt be some disappointments, but it doesn't hurt to ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT.)

Here are a few FAQs regarding Black Friday, especially if you are interested in knowing why Black Friday is NOT a mini Record Store Day.

Having said all that fine stuff... let the games begin.

 
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ADAPTER PRIZES ANNOUNCED

ADAPTER PRIZES ANNOUNCED

September 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

RECORD STORE DAY ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE FIRST EVER ADAPTER PRIZE

 

RECORD STORES ARE THE EXPERT PANEL

 

There are a lot of awards given out. And the ones that mean the most are given by the people who know what they’re talking about. So, it is in this spirit that Record Store Day, yes, the folks who bring you the Big Event every year in support and celebration of Independent Record Stores worldwide, launched the ADAPTER PRIZE, a four category award which honors the releases record store staff and their customers think are the very bes Named after that oh-so-necessary bit that slips into the hole of your 45s, the Adapter Prize honors RECORD OF THE YEAR (NEW RELEASE), RECORD OF THE YEAR (REISSUE), RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE OF THE YEAR and BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR. Congratulations to the 2013 Record Store Day ADAPTER PRIZE recepients:

RECORD OF THE  YEAR (NEW RELEASE)

TAME IMPALA—Lonerism

RECORD OF THE YEAR (REISSUE)

THE POSTAL SERVICE—Give Up

RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE OF THE YEAR 

GZA—Liquid Swords Chess Box  (Get on Down Records)

BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR

RODRIGUEZ 

 
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RECORD STORE DAY ADAPTER PRIZE SHORT LIST

RECORD STORE DAY ADAPTER PRIZE SHORT LIST

Here's the shortlist for the first annual Record Store Day Adapter Prize. The short list was determined by North American indie record stores and their (hardworking) staff. We know there are a lot of prizes and awards out there, but we think there's a place for a set of music awards chosen by the people closest to the music- the people who sell it and the fans who buy it. So we created the ADAPTER PRIZE, an award in four categories, decided on by people who definitely know their records: record store staff and record store customers. We’re happy to announce our Shortlist in each category, and record stores are voting on their choices as we speak!  We’ll have their final choices—the winners of our first ever ADAPTER PRIZE—to announce soon!

RECORD OF THE YEAR (NEW RELEASE)
NICK CAVE  AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away (Kobalt)
FATHER JOHN MISTY Fear Fun  (Sub Pop)
KENDRICK LAMAR Good Kid M.A.A.D. City (Aftermath)
THE NATIONAL Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
FRANK OCEAN Channel Orange (Def Jam)
TAME IMPALA Lonerism (Modular)
 
RECORD OF THE YEAR (REISSUE)
D’ANGELO Voodoo (Modern Classics Recordings/Light In The Attic)
INTERPOL  Turn On The Bright Lights  Tenth Anniversary Edition (Matador)
MAD SEASON Above  (Columbia/Legacy)
THE POSTAL SERVICE Give Up (Sub Pop)
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness (Virgin Records)

RECORD STORE DAY 2013 RELEASE OF THE YEAR
THE CURE  Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (Rhino)
THE FLAMING LIPS Zaireeka (Warner Brothers)
THE GRATEFUL DEAD Rare Cuts  and Oddities 1966 (Rhino)
GZA Liquid Swords Chess Box (Get On Down)
JIMI HENDRIX “Hey Joe”/StoneFace” 7” (Legacy)
THE WHITE STRIPES Elephant (Third Man)
 
BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
FOXYGEN
GOAT
KENDRICK LAMAR
LOCAL NATIVES
MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS 
FRANK OCEAN
RODRIGUEZ
SAVAGES
SHOVELS & ROPE
TAME IMPALA

 
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NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND MUSICIANS FOR RECORD STORE DAY

NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND MUSICIANS FOR RECORD STORE DAY

We want you to have your say. Here at Record Store Day, we feel there is a big need for a set of prizes chosen by indie record stores, staff and customers. Welcome to the first Adapter Prize Awards! (Note to Record Stores: It's not too late to get involved!)

Nominate your favourite music and musicians in four categories: Record of the Year (New), Record of the Year (Reissue), Record Store Day Release of the Year, and Breakout of the Year. Details on categories and eligibility are here.

Get an Adapter Prize nomination form at one of these fine record stores, fill it out and drop it off by July 26th:

Cabin Fever Collective, Toronto ON

Encore Records, Kitchener ON

Spin-it Records, Moncton NB

Underground Music, Kelowna BC

Zoo Zhop, Vancouver BC

Freecloud Records, Edmonton AB

Sunrise Records, 336 Yonge Street, Toronto ON

Sunrise Records, 784 Yonge Street, Toronto ON

Sunrise Records, Sheppard Centre, Toronto ON

Sunrise Records, Cloverdale Mall, Etobicoke ON

Sunrise Records, Burlington Mall, Burlington ON

Sunrise Records, Lynden Park Mall, Brantford ON

Sunrise Records, Fairview Park, Kitchener ON

Sunrise Records, Pen Centre, St Catharines ON

Sunrise Records, Bayfield Mall, Barrie ON

Sunrise Records, White Oaks Mall, London ON

Sunrise Records, Masonville Place, London ON

Sunrise Records, 209 Dundas Street, London ON

Sunrise Records, 233 Princess Street, Kingston ON

Sunrise Records, Cataraqui Mall, Kingston ON

Black Buffalo Records, Halifax NS

Looney Tunes, Burlington ON

Listen Records, Edmonton AB

Sam The Record Man, Belleville ON

Heritage Posters And Music, Calgary AB

Backstreet Records, 124 Germaine Street, Saint John NB

Backstreet Records, 384 Queen Street, Fredericton NB

Beatmerchant Record Store, Richmond BC

The Record Store, Woodstock ON

Vinyl Alibi, Bowmanville ON

Taz Records, Halifax NS

Audiopile, Vancouver BC

 
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The Adapter Prize

The Adapter Prize

Seems like lots of groups are giving out prizes for Best This and Greatest That, and we think that it makes a lot of sense for RECORD STORES to weigh in with their thoughts. Record Store staff and their customers have some pretty strong opinions about who takes the cake.

So please allow us to introduce THE RECORD STORE DAY ADAPTER PRIZE.

In the next week or so, we'll post a list of participating stores so everybody knows where to go to vote for Record of the Year (New)Record of the Year (Reissue)Record Store Day Release of the Year, and Breakout of the Year.

More info to come on this, so stay tuned and start thinking about the music and bands you'd like to nominate.

 
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Hey Joe

Look who's the official poster boy of RSD 2013: Jimi Hendrix. A vintage photo of Jimi doing what we all love to do: browse through the bins for great music. The photo of  Hendrix was taken at a small New England record store, one of many he would spend time in while on tour. It was shot by Ira Rosen and Hendrix’ sister, Janie, granted permission for the use of the image.

Experience Hendrix is also making available a limited edition, individually numbered 7″ vinyl single with the mono mixes of "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free." These particular mixes have not been available commercially since 1966 and are being provided exclusively for sale by independent record retailers. 
 
Janie Hendrix stated “It’s entirely appropriate that an image of Jimi Hendrix is on the official Record Store Day poster. He was an avid music fan and record collector himself and, of course, his recordings are among the most enduring and cherished of all time. 

 
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JACK WHITE: RECORD STORE DAY 2013 AMBASSADOR

Jack White Ambassador Record Store Day
Owns a record store. CHECK. Heads a record label. CHECK. Makes all kinds of records. CHECK. We can think of no one better to fly the flag for Record Store Day 2013, can you?   Let’s let Ambassador White speak for himself, both on video and in his official Ambassadorial quote. 

Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered "yes" was... zero. 
 
Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, "Can you blame them?" How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences?  Just click your mouse.  Well here's what they'll someday learn if they have a soul; there's no romance in a mouse click.  There's no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum).  The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional…helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being.  But we all know all of that, right?  Well, do we?  Maybe we know all that, but so what?
 
Let's wake each other up.
 
The world hasn't stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet.  So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication?  We know better.  We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others.  The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn't know that it's a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click?  You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there.  You put the record in their hands.  You make them drop the needle on the platter.  Then they'll know.  
 
Let's wake each other up.
 
As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves. 
 
Let's wake each other up.

 

 
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THE OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY 2013 T-SHIRT IS HERE!

THE OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY 2013 T-SHIRT IS HERE!

Get a sneak peek at the Official Record Store Day 2013 T-shirt, coming soon to a friendly indie record shop near you. Created exclusively for Record Store Day by Rush, this made-in-Canada tee will be the official shirt of Record Store Day, not just here, but around the world. 

Stay tuned to this bat channel for info coming very soon on the exclusive items we'll have for you at indie retail in Canada this year. We're also updating our participating store list as we speak, so you will know where to go for the goods on Saturday April 20th.

 
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New Canadian Record Store Day Site

New Canadian Record Store Day Site

Here's our new Record Store Day Canadian Site! Whoop, whoop.

Look at this groovy free thing.

 
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