Record Store Day! April 18th, 2009


The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, 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.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Record Store Day is currently managed by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Scott Register, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths.)

Special releases:

Akron/Family: “Everyone Is Guilty”

Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid LP

Andrew Bird/Loney Dear split 7″

Bad Religion: Bad Religion 7″

Black Kids: Wizard of Ahhhs 10″

Black Moth Super Rainbow: “Born on a Day”

Blitzen Trapper: “War Is Placebo”

Booker T.: “Warped Sister” 7″

Camera Obscura: “French Navy” 7″

Brandi Carlile: “Downpour” 7″

Leonard Cohen: “The Future” 7″

Cold War Kids: Live at Fingerprints CD EP

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu Live 2LP

Cursive/Ladyfinger(ne) split 10″ picture disc

Dandy Warhols: Earth to the Remix E.P. Volume Two CD

Dead Weather – Hang You From the Heavens 7″

The Decemberists: “The Rake’s Song” 7″

Depeche Mode – Wrong 7″

Bob Dylan: “Dreamin’ of You” 7″

Flaming Lips/Black Keys split 7″

Flight of the Conchords: “Pencils in the Wind”

Gomez: “Airstream Driver” 7″

Grizzly Bear: “While You Wait for the Others” / “He Hit Me” (Live on KCRW 7″)

Guided By Voices: Hold on Hope LP (appending the Plugs for the Program EP)

Iron & Wine: live CD

Jane’s Addiction: “Mountain Song” 7″

Jenny Lewis: “Carpetbaggers” 7″

Jesus Lizard: “Inch” 9×7″ box set

Lykke Li/El Perro Del Mar split 7″

Magnolia Electric Co.: “It’s Made Me Cry”

MC5: “Kick Out the Jams” 7″

My Morning Jacket: Celebración De La Ciudad Natal CD

Obits: “I Can’t Lose”

Pavement: Live in Cologne 1997 LP

Russian Circles/These Arms Are Snakes split 12″

The Smiths: “The Headmaster Ritual” 7″

Sonic Youth/Beck split 7″

Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard split 7″

Regina Spektor: Begin To Hope 2xLP

Bruce Springsteen: “What Love Can Do” 7″

The Stooges: “1969” 7″

The Thermals/Thao With the Get Down Stay Down split 7″

Various Artists: Blood on the Tracks LP

Various Artists: History of Def Jam 4xLP

Various Artists: Records Toreism LP [Thrill Jockey]

Various Artists: This LP Crashes Hard Drives LP [Numero Group]

Vetiver: “Wishing Well”

Tom Waits: Live 7″

Whiskeytown: “San Antone”

Neil Young: Sugar Mountain 2xLP 200 gram vinyl


The Musicologists Readers’ Local Stores*:

Oakland, CA

1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Berkeley, CA

Amoeba Music (Yoni Wolf of Why?- DJ set @ 4 PM)

Rasputin Music (Silversun Pickups Live In-Store set @ 4 PM)

El Cerrito, CA

Mod Lang

San Francisco, CA

Amoeba Music (DJ sets from: John Vanderslice @ 4 PM, Aesop Rock @ 5 PM, many more!)

Aquarius Records

Creative Music

Hollywood, CA

Amoeba Music (Wendy & Lisa DJ set @ 1 PM)

Philadelphia, PA

A.K.A. Records

Repo Records

Tequila Sunrise Records

New York City, NY

Bleecker Street Records

Gimme Gimme Records

Good Records NYC

Other Music

Brooklyn, NY

Academy Records Annex

Halcyon The Shop

London, UK

Pure Groove

Rough Trade East/West

Durham, NC

Bull City Records

Offbeat Music

Lousiville, KY

Ear X-Tacy

Underground Sounds

Boston, MA

Newbury Comics

Chicago, IL

Dave’s Records

Hard Boiled Records

Laurie’s Planet Of Sound

Paris, France

Groove Store

* – based on number of visits from our Google Analytics tracker. If you don’t see your city listed here, you should’ve visited this website more. Suckers. We know where you live; and I’m pretty pissed off at the entire state of New Jersey- we’ve gotten more visits from Canada than you. And more people from each of the following countries: France, Germany and Australia than Oregon. More people from Indonesia have visited this site than Montana, Idaho, both Dakotas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas, Delaware and Rhode Island COMBINED. These states all suck.

But seriously, just get your ass out to a local independent record shop on April 18th. That’s a Saturday, I know you’re not working…