Beastie Boys, Gorillaz Offer Limited Edition Vinyl for Record Store Day
Founded in 2007, Record Store Day has become a full scale celebration, with participants and supporters ranging from rappers Paul Wall, Tech N9ne and Lil Boosie to rockers Paul McCartney and Jack White. The event, which takes place on Sunday, April 17, began as a “celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally,” and has grown exponentially, as music lovers have shown an increasing interest in supporting physical product, especially vinyl, which increased in sales by 50% from 2008.
This year, several hip acts have joined the celebration by offering limited edition 12″ vinyl releases. New York rap legends the Beastie Boys are releasing a white label 12″ entitled ‘Super Surprise’ which will be limited to 1,000 copies. UK electrorap group Gorillaz will be offering a 10″ vinyl single of ‘White Flag,’ from their new album ‘Plastic Beach,’ and Detroit rapper/Eminem affiliate Royce Da 5’9″ will also be dropping a double 12″ of his 2009 album ‘Street Hop.’
“The opinion of those people working at record stores are so important to me as a customer,” Paul Wall said of the event. “They’ll tell me what’s good and let me know the truth on what’s only hype. They’ll tell me, ‘When you buy this, listen to track six’ and might even say, ‘There’s only two really good songs on there, the rest is just B.S.’ They know the history about the artists and music. When I buy music I want quality music. At the record store they can let me know what’s good, not just what the top seller is.”
For more information about Record Store Day 2010, click here. And don’t forget to come out and support the music you love.