Hardcore vinyl fanatics and record collectors have turned Record Store Day into something of a major shopping holiday on the annual music calendar.
Observed on the third Saturday of April, the event celebrates the increasingly niche market of independent music stores, helping spur the current vinyl revival, which finds younger fans leading a double-digit spike in record sales over the past two years.
Sparking those sales on Record Store Day is an annual collection of rare and exclusive releases tied specifically to the sonic holiday. Fans line up in front of record stores all across the country to get their hands on these special releases that are often pressed up in extremely limited numbers.
Among this year’s items include a split 7-inch single featuring Iggy Pop & the Stooges playing the band’s classic “No Fun,” with the Black Keys doing their own 2002 version of the song on the other side. Pressed on special splatter colored vinyl, it will be limited to just 7500 copies worldwide.
Mumford and Sons fans will surely be clamoring for a copy of Live at Bull Moose, a recording of the band performing at the Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine, in August of 2012 set to come out on CD and 10-inch vinyl.
Jack White (who had the best-selling vinyl album of 2012 with Blunderbuss) will serve as the official ambassador of this year’s RSD (Iggy Pop held the honors last year), with his former band the White Stripes issuing a special 10-year anniversary vinyl edition of their album Elephant on colored vinyl. While the label (Third Man Records) is keeping mum on how many are being pressed, they make a point to remind fans that their RSD releases “are notoriously known to be some of the most sought after collectable items,” so plan ahead if you want to score one for yourself.
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