April 17th, 2010 is the 4th annual Record Store Day. I've already got my eyes on some releases that I hope Newbury Comics will stock. Most notably the Joy Division box set and some Sonic Youth reissues. Nothing beats a day where I can spend money that should go to food and rent on a bunch of LP's. I'm definitely proud this developed from a New England based store.
What is record store day? Here is some history from Wikipedia:
Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, employee of the independent record store chain, Bull Moose, located in Maine and New Hampshire and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Record Store Day is celebrated the third Saturday in April.
Basically what you can expect is a whole slew of awesome new releases to hit your local independent record store. On top of this many stores will heavily discount their current selection of records. Lots of places will have live music or other event, so definitely check out your local stores website too see whats happening. I enjoy it because it gives me a reason to recklessness spend money on vinyl.
The official website can be found here. To find out if a store near you is participating go here. For a list of the specific releases that are unique to record store day and usually extremely limited go here. If a local store near you is participating and you want a specific release many will tell you what they ordered and in what quantity so give them a call if something catches your eye.
To talk a little bit more with you about record store day here is there ambassador Joshua Homme. Warning there is some coarse language.