Tomorrow (April 17) is a special "holiday": do you know what you're buying?
Record Store Day: An Intro
Record stores: remember those? Independent music stores in America get a day to celebrate (and mourn their losses) on April 17 this year.
This is a time for artists large and small, dead and very much alive and on fire, to give a little something to fans and to the stores that continue to support them on local, tastemaking levels.
Record Store Day may not save record stores, but it is a valid moment of reflection and expression: to offer something special to vinyl lovers, for collectors, for hipsters to brandish their flags.
In the next few slides, we help you through those aisles of your favorite local stores. A complete list of all Record Store Day releases is available here. The next pages are just a breakdown, including a list of the biggest names' releases, releases on CD (for those without a turntable), follow-up recordings for artists big in 2009, acts on fire in 2010 and interesting collaboration releases for the day.
(Pictured: Mick Jagger. Find out why on the next page.)