Here's a great Q&A with the tireless Merrill Garbus. She talks about recording in a shipping container, reading a songwriting primer, and how she got to "Find A New Way" on Nikki Nack (available now on CD and Vinyl). The interview is here.
Record Store Day 2014 was awesome! Thanks to all of our participating indie stores and to the artists and labels who put out the goods. Special thanks to all the music fans who came out to support the day. Here's hoping you all went home with something very cool. What's next for Record Store Day and indie record shops? Stay tuned.
‘CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE TITLE’ RELEASE. These are titles that have been created by Canadian labels for the Canadian market.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.