Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2012 will see the fourth celebration of the UK's unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events. There's even a app for your phone.
"Record Store Day has now become an established part of the music calendar," said UK coordinator, Spencer Hickman. "And what makes it special is the character and individuality of record stores. There's nothing to beat the enthusiasm and atmosphere of a great record shop. The reason great indie stores succeed is that they love music as much as their customers do. Record Store Day is like one huge festival taking place in every part of the UK. It's primarily about the record stores and the events, not just the products available."
So, get down to your local store and soak up the vibes. And, whilst you are there, you may want to pick up some exclusive products. In that case, feast your eyes on this lot...remember they come in strictly limited numbers!
These are just a selection of Spiral Earth related artists' releases, there's a whole heap more, check the link below.
7" single: Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny - Atlas (Label: Mute)
7" single: Carolina Chocolate Drops/Run-DMC - You Be Illin oncoke bottle green vinyl (Label: Nonesuch)
3x CD: Davy Graham - Anthology 1961-2007 Lost Tapes (Label: Les Cousins)
7" single: Frank Turner - I Still Believe/Somebody To Love (Label: Xtra Mile)