Everyone’s “favorite national holiday” (according to the website), national Record Store Day, has just passed. That website features a countdown until the next one; It is currently only 347 days away!
National Record Store Day was founded in 2007. Since then, independently owned record stores have festivals every third Saturday in April. This year, it was sponsored by international superstar Ozzy Osbourne!
Every year on Record Store Day, special releases on vinyl and CD for a variety of artists are made exclusively for that day only. For 2011, special Record Store Day releases were put out for a wide variety of artists- from Lady Gaga to the Grateful Dead. Here is a video that discusses lots of things that were put out:
As the man in this video shows, not all of the special releases were oldies. For example, there was a lot of grunge put out on vinyl this year (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Death Cab for Cutie, ect.)! A lot of that vinyl was a different size or color than usual. There were several picture discs even some clear vinyl. There were also special toys made for Record Store Day.
In Lafayette, there was a celebration of National Record Store Day at Von’s Records shop near Purdue on State Street. One of its stages was scheduled to be out in their parking lot and was canceled because it was rained out, but it was still a great day! Here is a soundslides presentation I made about that event.
Since Record Store Day is a national celebration, it was of course celebrated at various independent record stores all throughout the state. Similar festivals were held at independent record stores everywhere from Ft. Wayne to Bloomington. And there were of course tons of festivals all throughout Indianapolis!