If you don’t know, RSD takes place on each year on the third Saturday in April putting out about 400 exclusive vinyl releases at record stores — no cd’s or mp3s but surprisingly one release on VHS!
It’s a chance for vinyl lovers and collectors to get rare reissues, exclusive and early releases on vinyl. Not all are releases are available at every store so if you looking for to pick up something in particular be sure to check out what’s coming to your store and get there early as popular items run out quick. Aside from a slew of new releases, there is a rare Paul McCartney reissue, Steve Reich, unreleased Foo Fighter demos, reissues of J Dilla, KMD, ESG, Wu-Tang, Sugarhill Gang and Grand Master Flash.
Also of note, split 7″s featuring different artists doing their take of the same song, like Bowie and Tom Verlaine doing “Kingdom Come”, the Black Keys and Junior Kimbrough doing “Meet Me in the City” and Robert Johnson and Steve Earle doing “Terraplane Blues” See a complete listing of releases at the official RSD page.
Most of the stores are having special guests of one kind or another with people like Kim Gordon, the Buzzcocks, Fred Schneider and official ambassador of RSD — Dave Groll, all taking part in this years events. Check out Dave talking about it here.
As an example of what you can expect, In Living Stereo on Great Jones Street will have DJs spinning all day, food, drinks and three bands playing, they will also be giving away etched In Living Stereo martini glasses if you spend over $200 on records.
You can find a pretty good run down of DJ’s and bands appearing around NYC here from Brooklyn Vegan.