Record Store Day 2019 is happening on Saturday 13th April 2019. Record Store Day is a worldwide event that promotes independent record shops and creates one-off, exclusive vinyl releases that will be sold in participating record shops on Record Store Day.
More shops taking part
In the UK, over 250 record shops are now signed up to take part in this year’s celebrations. That’s the largest number in RSD’s 12-year history.
Ashlie Green, manager of David’s Music in Letchworth said “RSD remains such a special day for all of us independent retailers, big and small. It’s not only an opportunity for new music lovers to come through our door but it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate our favourite music with our loyal customers. There may be testing times ahead for independent retailers which is why events like RSD, which champions bricks and mortar shops all over the country, is more important than ever”
Many record shops will be holding special events, instore performances and mini-festivals. See a full events guide can be found here: https://recordstoreday.co.uk/events/
Record Store Day Unsigned
Unsigned artists can enter the unsigned competition with a chance to win 500 copies of their music pressed to vinyl and distributed to UK indies by Proper Music.
More information is here: https://www.soundperformance.co.uk/rsdunsigned
To enter, upload your one minute long video to YouTube (your video title must include the hashtag #RSDUnsigned and the name of your band/act) and complete the entry form, giving us your YouTube link.
Some of the participating artists
Artists such as The Rolling Stones, IDLES, Aretha Franklin and Iggy Pop have all produced special records which will only available from participating shops. A number of artists are also offering fans an opportunity to get their hands-on brand-new music including The Flaming Lips, Julien Baker and Courtney Barnett.
Highlights include the following:
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (Original New York Test Pressing)
Months before it was released, Dylan pressed up a test-run of the album to play to friends and family.
His brother David Zimmerman wasn’t keen on the album, and convinced Dylan to re-record five of the songs – Tangled Up in Blue; You’re a Big Girl; Idiot Wind; Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts; and If You See Her, Say Hello – in order to brighten the mood of the album.
The advice paid off: Blood On The Tracks is widely considered to be Dylan’s best work.
Only five copies of that test pressing survived… but it’s now getting a full vinyl re-release for Record Store Day, duplicated from the original disc.
Bingo Hand Job – Live at Borderline – aka R.E.M
REM never toured in support of their multi-million-selling album Out Of Time – but they did play two secret shows at London’s Borderline Club the week it came out, under the name Bingo Hand Job (“sanitised for your protection,” read a sign outside the venue).
Tapes of the show were bootleg gold throughout the 1990s, but now a recording of the second night is being officially released for the first time.
The two-disc album will include live versions of Losing My Religion, The One I Love, Half A World Away and Radio Song, alongside covers of Tom’s Diner, Love Is All Around and Moon River.
Duran Duran – As The Lights Go Down
In 1984, at the height of their fame, Duran Duran played to 150,000 people over three nights at California’s Oakland Coliseum.
The concerts were filmed for TV specials that aired around the globe, but were never officially released… until now.
The 11-track record includes live versions of Girls On Film, Is There Something I Should Know and Save A Prayer – which Simon Le Bon dedicated to Marvin Gaye, who had been shot dead days earlier.
Download the full list here: RSD 2019 – full list of releases (pdf document)