Thursday, March 31, 2011

Record Store Day is April 16th!

The 4th annual National Record Store Day is Saturday April the 16th, 2011. Every year on Record Store Day, hundreds of independent record stores across the country celebrate the culture and unique place that they independent record stores occupy in their local communities.

Bozeman owned Cactus Records will be buzzing all day with the sale of exclusive limited edition CD & Vinyl releases created just for Record Store Day, free giveaways of music memorabilia & other promotional items, door prizes, and free, all-ages, live performances by local and nationally-known musicians.

*Cactus’ RSD Live In-store Performances

This year’s line-up of performers at Cactus includes Little Jane & the Pistol Whips, the Meatskin Jubilee Jug-band, The Dub Sultans, This is Boring with Hats, Toki Wright, and Landlocked .Performances will begin at 12 noon with new acts starting at the top of every hour.

*Exclusive Record Store Day Product

Exclusive Record Store Day product this year includes releases from artists such as The 13th Floor Elevators, AC/DC, Adele, Architecture in Helsinki, Bad Brains, Syd Barrett, Beady Eye, Bibio/Clark, Black Angels, Blitzen Trapper, Built to Spill, Budriver, Caribou, The Cars, Civil Wars, Eric Clapton, Dennis Coffee, Matt Costa, Country Joe & the Fish, Death Cab for Cutie, Decemberists, Deerhoof, Deftones, Dengue Fever, Derek & the Dominos, Dio, John Doe, The Doors, Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, John Fahey, Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Flogging Molly, Flying Lotus, Foo Fighters, Mike Gordon, Gorillaz, Grateful Dead, Green Day/Husker Du, Grinderman, Guided by Voices, John Hammond, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Joan of Arc, The Kills, Kings of Leon, Mastodon, Matt & Kim, John Mayall & Eric Clapton, Midlake, Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, Nickel Creek, Nirvana, Of Montreal, Roy Orbison, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Phish, Pink Floyd, Queen, R.E.M. Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Rolling Stones, Rush, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Paul Simon, Sonic Youth, Regina Spektor, Bruce Springsteen, Superchunk, Peter Tosh, Velvet Underground, White Stripes, Hank Williams III, & the Yarbirds
– just to name a few.

Most of these are pressed in very limited quantities, with participating stores (and thus their customers) unable to get everything on their lists. The limited nature of these items increases the demand to fans and collectors looking for something unique by their favorite artists, often resulting in customers forming lines outside of their local store hours before the doors open. Because of this, participating stores are required to sign a contract agreeing to not hold or hoard product, price-gauge, sell it online, or sell it before Record Store Day.

The majority of these releases are vinyl, some 7” singles, others the less common 10” pressing, and many 12” vinyl singles and full-length albums. These all have full-color jackets, and many are on colored vinyl – a holy grail for collectors. To read information on and see cover art for some of this year's exclusive Record Store Day product, click here (being updated daily!):

Cactus will hold drawings for door prizes every hour, some of which are donated by musicians and record labels, and others donated by other small local businesses in the community, with the grand prize being an ION PT-01 digital turntable (record player).

*Why Buy at Indie Retail?

Record Store Day is a celebration of the culture of small independent record stores, their customers, and their communities. Large corporate chain music and box-stores are excluded.
Regular customers of independent record stores often find the chains to be stale and their inventories too homogenized, ignoring customers whose tastes tend to lie outside of the current pop charts. Independent stores offer more obscure artists, non-pop genres, collectibles and older catalog titles.

While many of these customers use the internet to explore and download music, they find something lacking in the purely digital format. Added pleasure is found in the look, feel, smell, and increased sound quality of CDs and vinyl, as well is in the simple act of the searching through inventory of a well-stocked record store, likening the experience to a quest or archaeological dig.

The idea of 'The journey is the destination' is put into action by browsing in an indie record store” notes professional comedian, actor, and music fan Patton Oswalt.

Record Stores provide a social outlet where fans can intermingle with like-minded individuals and learn about releases from the knowledgeable staff.

Click here to read more praise about indie record stores

More information about Record Store Day, its history, and its mission statement, can be found at

To see a video message from the Ambassador of Record Store Day 2011, Ambassador Ozzy Osbourne,click here: