Record Store Day: The 10 Coolest Events and Releases

Record Store Day: The 10 Coolest Events and Releases
From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco’s advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing host to the occasion, with hundreds of artists making appearances and offering exclusive product for music fans.

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

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-- 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.