Mar 122021
 

One of my yearly things I look forward to the most in this music journey, is Record Store Day. This year, once again they are going to have two different drops whereas last year there were four. As of now, I am still going through the fine tuning for a complete list of titles, and drop dates.

Many stores will be open for limited capacity shopping, per their own state’s restrictions and laws dictating to them what they can and cannot do. Others will allow folks in with an appointment only, while others may be full on open!

From the website:
We’ve spent the last few months watching the news, listening to health officials, talking with record stores, labels, and RSD organizers the world over, and because we still don’t have a magic 8-ball to tell us what things are going to look like in a few months, we’ve decided the smartest thing to do is bring back the concept of RSD Drops for 2021.

The RSD Drops will take place on June 12 and July 17 at participating stores worldwide.

These are street dates for special titles coming to participating indie record stores. As with the successful RSD Drops dates in 2020, the focus this year is on supporting indie record stores with sales, and saving the big parties, shows, in-stores, crowds and celebrations for (fingers crossed) Record Store Day 2022.

As they did last year for the three RSD Drops, stores will be handling sales and store procedures in the way they determine to be right for themselves and their community and that may mean something different than you’re used to. We recommend you check in with your local record stores –join their email lists, follow them on social media– so you’re as in the loop as possible.

We’ll be launching the List of titles for both RSD Drops dates soon.

This week we announced the first two volumes of a compilation series we’re launching with Vans.

SONGS FOR YOU VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 are coming to record stores as part of Record Store Day 2021. Spotlighting Black artists from a wide array of genres, styles, and decades, and benefitting Black-owned record stores in the US.

We’re looking forward to sharing some Songs For You soon!

Songs For You Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 features music from 6LACK, Black Thought, Cautious Clay, Common, DUCKWRTH, Lupe Fiasco, Roberta Flack, Nubya Garcia, Freddie Gibbs, HER Music, Amber Mark, Curtis Mayfield, Keb’ Mo’, Otis Redding, Run The Jewels, Real Pop Smoke, Esperanza Spalding, Tank and the Bangas, Summer Walker

 

📸via @amoebahollywood IG

We’re very excited to announce that
FRED ARMISEN
is the 2021 Record Store Day Ambassador.

One of the reasons he’s going to make a great Ambassador is that he’s shown up on more record store social media accounts than almost any other musician/comedian/actor/writer/bandleader, because he’s constantly hitting them up wherever he goes!

Why, that’s him celebrating Record Store Day 2016 at Amoeba Hollywood, and speaking of exciting, they’ve just announced that they’ll be re-opening their doors at their sparkling new location on April 1! 

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