Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to make in-store appearance on Records Store Day, April 19.
Barenaked Ladies will perform at Sunrise in Toronto, which will also include an appearance from Paul Rodgers; Mills will appear at the Bullmoose in Scarborough, Maine; Phillips plugs in at Rasputin in Berkeley, Calif.; and Miracle Legion founder Mulcahy will perform at the Brooklyn outpost of Rough Trade Records, RSD co-founder Michael Kurtz told Billboard following an event today at Amoeba Records in Hollywood announcing this year's lineup.
Close to 450 exclusive LPs, CDs and 7-inch singles scheduled to be released on the seventh annual Record Store Day ranging from a five-LP LCD Soundsystem set to a Civil Wars live album to 75-year-old recordings by the pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons.
The label breakdown of exclusives includes: Rhino with 29 titles, Sony's labels - Columbia, Epic and Legacy -- have 26 items, the Varese Sarabande label is '60s heavy with Zombies, Everly Brothers and Norman Greenbaum reissues, Milwaukee hardcore label Beer City Records has nine records and Yep Roc's collection of six releases included the new Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin album.
Kurtz, Record Store Day ambassador Chuck D of Public Enemy, the Doors drummer John Densmore and record store owners Marc Weinstein (Amoeba), Neil Schield (Origami) and Mark Thompson (Vacation Vinyl) touted the diversity of record stores, their cultural relevance and revived interest in vinyl for a collection of music enthusiasts who gathered at Amoeba Thursday morning.
"One of the most righteous cause out there is bringing music to people that will take them to a new place spiritually," says Weinstein. "I've done this since 1975 and there's nothing I enjoy more than looking at people's faces when they look through records. Our society doesn't give enough attention to music as the people's art."
Densmore spoke about a tour of record stores he did last year after publishing a book, "The Doors: Unhinged." "I feel a sense of community," he says. "It's under the radar."
Chuck D, whose band will be represented on April 19 with the vinyl releases of "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" and "The Evil Empire of Everything," touted record stores as the closest thing the music world has to museums. He, too, stated that the culture of record stores is under the radar.
"We're in the revolutionary phase," he said, propping up the likes of Eric Levin's Criminal Records in Atlanta and Grimey's in Nashville. "Wait for the super corporations to come in and create the evolutionary phase."
He also offered an idea of allowing record stores to create Internet radio stations to tout local scenes and releases, knowing full well that costs to get into that business are prohibitive for small businesses. Still, he pushed the concept.
"You start in a city, you get love in that city," he said. "Radio is working against record stores, it's working against music lovers. (Record stores offer a place) where you go to catch a vibe and experience the love of music."