The annual musical showcase Record Store Day will be held worldwide on the 21st of April. Inaugurated in 2007, the event brings together countless record shops and labels and celebrates the music-makers with a range of exclusive releases and events around the world. The third saturday of April always sees a wealth of exciting new material and we’ve picked out some of the gems that have been prepped for the special day.
First off Public Image Limited are playing a secret live event with a DJ set from Orbital in London on March the 19th that will also be streamed on Boiler Room TV through the official Record Store Day site. A limited edition vinyl is also stated for release on the day itself and details are going to be announced at the event.
Iggy Pop is the official ambassador for this year’s event and it is apt that his hallowed ex-collaborator David Bowie will see a re-issue. A picture disc version of the 1972 Ziggy-era single Starman will be released by EMI for the day with a B-side featuring a old Top of the Pops performance on the track.
Continuing with the nostalgia, LCD Soundsystem will re-issue a 12 inch vinyl of their debut single Losing My Edge on DFA and Mastadon will cover the Flaming Lips and Feist on a 7 inch vinyl. The heavy metal giants will take on A Spoonful Weights a Ton from the lush 1999 album ‘Soft Bulletin’ and A Commotion – a song on Feist’s latest LP ‘Metals’.
One of the most interesting announcements is from Domino Records who will release a number of records through independent shops. The London-based label will deliver vinyl from Animal Collective, Hot Chip and John Cale. As well as this, a new 24-page zine entitled Smuggler’s Way, will be produced with sub-label Ribbon, complete with five individual flexi-discs with music from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus and Villagers. Domino have also uploaded a Record Store Day sampler on their Soundcloud with some of the touted releases that’s available to stream here: