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Record Store Day: The 10 Coolest Events and Releases
Among the event highlights is the on-site record store at Coachella (April 17-19), which will be managed by Phoenix-based indie retail chain Zia and feature in-store appearances by the music festival’s slate of performers (including TV on the Radio, Clipse, Peter, Bjorn & John).
Exclusive product releases include 7-inch singles by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Slayer and and the much-anticipated advance of Wilco’s “Ashes of American Flags.” “Even if I wasn't in a band, I'd still support Record Store Day,” Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy recently told Billboard. “It's a great thing and I'm glad we could do something special with them for our DVD."
A complete guide to Record Store Day is available at the official website. Here are Billboard's picks for the coolest events and releases:
-- Silversun Pickups will fly up to the Bay Area after their performance at Coachella for an in-store at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA.
-- In CA, Wendy & Lisa will spin at the Hollywood Amoeba Music.
-- Anthrax is helping out guitarist Scott Ian at Amoeba Music in Hollywood
-- The Bouncing Souls will perform at Generation Records in New York.
-- Fat Beats in Manhattan is hosting a live performance by Talib Kweli.
-- Anthrax is helping out singer Dan Nelson at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York.
-- In Brooklyn, the Basement Mixx store will have live performances from Manio, Uncle Murder, Rahaz, Ms. White, Sunlee and Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, also from DJs Evil Dee, P.F. Cuttin, and Majic.
-- Anne Aiko Meyers, Shinedown, Cyril Neville and Misery to perform and sign autographs at J&R Music and Computer World.
-- Waterloo Records in Austin will host an album premiere listening party for Bob Dylan’s “Together Through Life.”
-- Good Records in Dallas celebrates its ninth anniversary with a two-stage event featuring performances by 22 bands, including an Erykah Badu-fronted set by The Cannabinoids.
-- Disturbed is slated for an in-store performance and signing at Bull Moose in Portland.
-- Portland’s Music Millennium will host its own performance by Queensryche.
-- Chris Cornell will perform and sign copies of his new album at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.
-- In Atlanta, Criminal Records owner Eric Levin has lined up 14 bands, including Manchester Orchestra, for a full day event.
-- Pleasure P and Gorilla Zoe are performing for fans at Pop Tunes in Memphis.
-- Lamb of God will perform at Newbury Comics in Shrewbury.
-- Cactus Records is hosting Jason Lytle in Bozeman.
-- Ra Ra Riot will rock Flat Black and Circular Records in Lansing.
-- Queen’s first EP, unavailable until now in the U.S., will be issued as an exclusive.
-- An autographed Brian May guitar will be raffled from the Record Store Day Web site.
-- Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Slayer, and Brandi Carlile all will release exclusive 7-inch singles.
-- Sub Pop will release a series of four limited-edition singles from Flight of the Conchords, Blitzen Trapper, Obits, and Vetiver as well as release an 18-track CD featuring a live set from Iron & Wine’s 2005 tour in support of “Woman King.”
-- Epitaph and Anti- will issue Tom Waits, Booker T. Jones, and Bad Religion 45s, Record Store Day green re-usable shopping bags, T-shirts supplied by Anti-, and a special edition of Decibel magazine with a RED metal sampler inside
-- Wilco gave Record Store Day an exclusive advance on its DVD.
-- Jane’s Addiction, the Pretenders, Elvis Costello and Pavement will be represented by exclusive products.
-- Coachella chose Record Store Day to run the event’s popular on-site record store, which will feature in-store signings from festival performers. Coachella On-Site Store (Signings include TV on the Radio, Clipse, Peter Bjorn & John)
-- Wide Awake/Death Row will give away a free music CD sampler at over 750 participating retailers in the U.S.
-- Def Jam 25: Volume 1 and 2 4 LP gatefold history of Def Jam will be available in a physical version exclusively at indie retailers.