Record Store Day is a pretty special day for music lovers around the world. With a focus on old school bricks and mortar record stores, it’s a day for people to come together and celebrate the unique culture independently owned record stores play in our communities. The first Record Store Day took place in April 2008 and now, 11 years later, there are stores participating on every continent except Antarctica.
And it’s not just about record store culture, of course, the focus is always on the vinyl. Record Store Day sees special releases (on CD as well as vinyl) with 60% or more of the official release list coming from independent labels and distributors.
The twelfth annual Record Store Day takes place worldwide, 13 April 2019 and our favourite record store, beatniks is in on the act again.
They’ve scored a huge range of Record Store Day limited releases, they’ll have turntable giveaways and spot prizes of tees, totes and records plus there’ll be onsite screen printing thanks to Screenlab Gold Coast. And, of course, there’ll be music. Beatniks will have a revolving roster of DJs spinning wax all day with funk, soul, rock and electro all getting a look in.
But as with all Record Store Days, it’s all about those little black discs. This year’s list of special releases is mental. Like, 400+ releases kind of mental. It’s too hard to pick out highlights, so I’m just going to share with you some of the releases I’m personally most excited about.
Frank Black’s ‘Teenager of the year’ is being released as a 2LP set with 4500 copies available. Louis Armstrong does ‘Disney Songs the Satchmo Way’ in a RSD exclusive (4200 copies), there’s a Cheech & Chong ‘Up in Smoke’ 7” picture disc, Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ (2500 copies) and Marty Willson-Piper’s ‘Hanging Out in Heaven’ (just 900 copies).
Artists as diverse as Stereophonics, The Specials, Ramones, Frank Zappa, Tony Joe White, Aretha Franklin, Anderson Paak, Motorhead, Madonna, L7, Janis Joplin, Hockey Dad, Beth Hart, Desmond Dekker, The Doors, Flaming Lips, Buffalo Tom, Jeff Buckley and Bananarama all have special Record Store Day releases. And please do trust me when I say that that’s just the teeny tiny tip of the iceberg.
Check out the full list of special releases at recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases. And get along to beatniks from 9.00am to get your hands on some collectible tunes and celebrate all that is rad about records and the stores who sell ‘em.
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Record Store Day is 13 April. beatniks is in Niecon Plaza, Broadbeach.