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Your Guide To Record Store Day 2014

Record Store Day was thought up by a group of American independent record store owners around 2006 as a way to celebrate everything wonderful about records, small local businesses and music in general. The idea became official in 2007 and over the last few years has spread to record stores all over the world. What was once a small, grassroots movement has blossomed into a massive international event that sees so many hundreds of official releases every third Saturday in April, it’s nearly impossible to list them all here.

It seems like literally every band is getting in on the act these days; from regular ole limited editions of songs/albums, special vinyl, remixes and covers to the acts that go above and beyond with their efforts like Jack White and The Flaming Lips. White was last year’s Record Store Day Ambassador (Chuck D claims the honor this year), and while I’m not sure what exactly that entails, it sounds cool. White’s Third Man Records have quickly established themselves as being at the fore of the vinyl renaissance, and 2014 is no different as Mr. White plans to record the world’s fastest released record:

First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.

Here in Atlanta, GA, we’re lucky enough to have several cool record stores that are participating (shout out to the great ones in Athens, GA as well), and I specifically am lucky to have one about 100 feet from my front door. Not only is Criminal Records participating in Record Store Day, they’re having nine (!!!) bands play in the plaza in front of their store, included among them Cloud Nothings, The Whigs and Mood Rings (these stickers Criminal Records is giving out also win the award for best RSD advertising). We’ll be there covering all the music, so look for that on Monday.

Presumably, if you’re still reading you’re into this kind of thing, so get out to your local record store and support local businesses and hard working music folk of all stripes!

For a full list of releases, click here.

For a full liist of participating venues, click here.

For more information, check out this cool 30-minute short film, Record Store Day: The Documentary:

The Whigs – “Right Hand On My Heart” Official Video:

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