Record Store Day 2014


The April 19th Record Store Day kicked off just like any other Record Store Day of the past. However, this year was different. Record Store Day had more releases that people actually cared about and some impressive stories behind the releases of the day.

One of the releases that had a great story was Jack White, in which he released a brand new record in four hours. Jack White was slated to play his new song “Lazaretto” for fans on Record Store Day. Four hours after his performance, the vinyl was pressed and ready to be released, making it one of the world’s fastest-released records.” Jack White believes record stores still exists for real music lovers and went on to say, “Thank the mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar record stores all these years for staying alive, the ones that could. Now it’s bigger than ever. Every neighborhood wants to have one.”

Jack White wasn’t the only one causing a stir; De La Soul released their record Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. De La Sol unveiled a new mixtape produced by J Dilla, which could be downloaded for free on their website. In the spirit of Record Store Day, De La Sol released 100 limited edition vinyl copies, which they released in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. These records were designed to look like the original tapes J Dilla sent out to bring it back to the non-digital ages. Even though it was a very slim chance you could get one of the albums, it was still fun searching for it.

This Record Store Day made me get excited about crate digging again. It was the first time, in a long time that I have purchased that much music. If it weren’t for my wife being there, instead of spending hundreds, it probably would have been thousands. There were t-shirts, the nostalgic Peanuts record player and an exclusive Ghostbusters album. It was great to see not only music being sold, but also special items related to Record Store Day. I hope as a music lover and a consumer that we can keep the enthusiasm for music going. I hope as a music industry professional that we continue to keep the excitement that Record Store Day has created this year.