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The Doors' John Densmore and artist Shepard Fairey team up for Record Store Day 12″

Tucked somewhere in the back of most of our minds is a discomforting cognizance of our country’s ugly history of mistreating Native Americans. But come Thanksgiving Day—and the corollary consumerism circus that is Black Friday—we tend not to dwell on that reality.

So for Record Store Day this year, artist-advocates John Densmore, drummer of The Doors, and Shepard Fairey, the iconoclastic artist, teamed up for a creative effort to rouse the country’s collective conscience—and shine light on a movement to uplift the indigenous community. The result of their collaborative vision is Ghost Song, a limited edition 12″ vinyl featuring The Doors 1978 hit and cover art by Fairey, hitting indie record stores on Friday, Nov. 28—”the day after the first peoples of this land taught us how to give, as in Thanksgiving,” Densmore explains. The proceeds will go toward Honor the Treaties, an organization dedicated to elevating indigenous communities via art and activism.
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Record Store Day 2014 Roundup: Reviews and samples of new stuff by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and the glorious return of Veruca Salt

Another Record Store Day is in the books, and based on preliminary statistics and the number of photos of crowded indie shops that popped up all over Instagram on Saturday, it appears to be bigger than ever.

This year’s crop of exclusive vinyl releases featured several big-time reissues or first vinyl appearances of classic albums, but there were also a handful of newly minted pieces of music unveiled via Saturday’s festivities. Bruce Springsteen released a four-song salvo, Jack White set a record with a record, and Veruca Salt announced their return via two new tracks. Check out the reviews of these new tunes from big-name artists below.

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Jack White records song, releases it on vinyl within hours

Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

The singer and guitarist called it the “world’s fastest-released record.”

But don’t look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn’t know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, Lazaretto.

White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage. After the title song from the upcoming album, he also recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” which was the B-side on the record. The master was then hustled over to the United Record Pressing plant, also in Nashville. READ FULL STORY

Record Store Day: Clerks and owners across the country give us their best picks

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On April 19, more than 1,000 stores will roll out a bonanza of limited-edition merch in honor of the eighth annual Record Store Day.

Before you line up Saturday morning with sleep in your eyes and cash in hand for a vinyl copy of Built to Spill’s Ultimate Alternative Wavers (pictured above) or Otis Redding’s Pain in My Heart, check out some great in-house picks below from the clerks, managers and owners of some of our favorite independently owned outlets across the country—and go to RecordStoreDay.com/Venues to locate more participating shops near you.

Newbury Comics, Boston
Alfred Chavez, Assistant Manager

Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters
“It’s the hit song he came out with—a.k.a. the theme to Ghostbusters! There are apparently rare remixes that are included. Like, what? I wonder if it’ll be like dance remixes. It’ll be phenomenal. And they’re putting it in a glow-in-the-dark vinyl format! I can already imagine playing that in my room, completely dark.”

Anamanaguchi, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Videogame Soundtrack)
“They did the entire score for Scott Pilgrim, one of my favorite movies. This will be the first time it’s released on vinyl form.”

Disclosure, Apollo
“They’re awesome.”

Reckless Records, Chicago
David Hofer, New Product Buyer READ FULL STORY

Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt' live for Record Store Day - hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.

One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:

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Record Store Day 2013: What's on your must-have list for the annual vinyl bonanza? Here's ours

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This Saturday, April 20, a great yearly tradition arrives once again.

No, not that one. We’re talking about the sixth annual Record Store Day, which pays tribute to the independently-owned record stores that were once ubiquitous but are often now fighting just to stay afloat in in the iTunes and Amazon age.

The day is more than just a tribute to the fetishization of vinyl; it also honors the sense of community that comes when a bunch of music obsessives get together to talk about their favorite stuff — and kick-fight in the aisles over a limited-edition Roky Erikson 7-inch, or whatever their coveted object may be. (Check out the impressively large list of stores that are participating in this year’s festivities.)

Though there are plenty of live in-store performances, signings, and giveaways, the main attraction has become the vinyl releases that surface for one day only (and then for an eternity on eBay). This year’s list doesn’t have the same parade of heavy hitters as last year’s, but there are still plenty of goodies worth seeking.

I love Record Store Day, mostly because I just love record stores. I’ll be celebrating this year at my home base during my high school years, and here’s what I’ll be searching for:  READ FULL STORY

Record Store Day 2012 preview: The best vinyl, the coolest stores

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Today, thousands of fastidious collectors are waking up way too early for a Saturday, standing  in silly lines with their brethren, and diving deep into crates to pay premium bank for the privilege of owning a handful of the dozens of exclusive vinyl releases being put out as part of the sixth annual Record Store Day.

And I couldn’t be happier.

Launched in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates the independent music shop, an institution that has been under attack since well before the Internet threatened to dismantle the music business. Really, it’s a day to celebrate the relative resilience of these little shingles that could. After all, they survived the format wars, outlived massive chains like Tower Records and Virgin Megastore, and stuck out the first wave of file sharing (Napster, Gnutella, and the like).

With vinyl sales surging and interest in sprawling music discovery zones like Amoeba Records steadily growing, it’s a good time to be a fan of black discs that go around and around and around. This year’s exclusive Record Store Day features the release of several dozen exclusive pieces of vinyl, which may or may not be available at your local emporium (it pays to hit up more than one spot, if only to observe the crowds at each location). READ FULL STORY

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