Record Store Day is something worth celebrating. It all started when 700 independent stores in 2007 in the U.S. came together to share their cultural significance, the U.K. followed suit the following year and the event has grown ever since. Special vinyl and CD releases are offered exclusively on the day from a wide variety of record labels, while one-off performances and other festivities are happening across the country’s finest record stores today. We’ve compiled a list of relevant Cloudcasts to get you in the mood, but make sure you get out there and support your favourite local record store too!
Music writer for God Is In The TV, The Needle Magazine and his own blog, the mighty Mr Scott has complied a mixtape featuring some of the finest Record Store Day releases this year.
The mysterious DJHighPrrr’s debut Cloudcast is “is intended to encourage you to go to your local record store (and other shops if you can) more than one day per year’. That’s good enough for us.
Of course it’s not just in the U.K. and U.S. that Record Store Day is celebrated, Diggin in the Crates from Germany have put together a fine show. Caballo introduces an interview with RSD Germany coordinator Jan Kopke, while Frahm shines the spotlight on vinyl imprint Andre Michelle Records and the music is dedicated to the day’s limited editions.
Dresden’s Uncanny Valley label have uploaded an old mix they made for Record Store Day in 2011, featuring an in-store gig at Berlin’s OYE Records, a chat with the shop’s head honcho Markus Linder and exclusive music from labels like Retreat, Kann and Clapz II Dogz.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Championship Vinyl marks the day with a show full of its usual brand of alternative rock on Versus Radio.
It’s not just the independent’s supporting RSD though, with the esteemed Guardian Music Weekly podcast dedicating their Singles Club feature to the exclusive tracks made available on Saturday.