Record Store Day (RSD), started to stimulate customers to visit their local (and other) record stores, has become an event many music fans have been expecting eagerly for a few years now. But, as the COVID-19 crisis turned everything upon its head, it hit RSD too.
As Under The Radar (UTR) magazine reminds us, this year’s first event was postponed from April 18 to June 20. Since the end of the pandemic is not in sight yet, RSD has not only changed the June date but has also been turned into a three-day event. “The releases will be spread out to August 29, September 26, and October 24. A revised list of Record Store Day releases, including which of the three dates each album will drop, will come out on June 1. It is promised that all the albums announced in March will still come out one of the three dates.”
RSD came out with a statement on its Instagram site:
“The good news for customers and fans of record stores is that this financial relief comes in the form of exciting exclusive releases. Organizers are working with artists, labels, and distribution companies to determine the new release schedule and make sure that each RSD Drop date has an exciting mix of artists and genres.”
The current list of the 2020 RSD highlights includes releases from David Bowie, Beck, Suede (a reissue of their debut), Air (The Virgin Suicides), Mac DeMarco, Tegan and Sara, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Charli XCX, Billie Eilish (Live at Third Man Records), Philip Glass, Galaxie 500, Glass Animals, Miles Davis, New Order (a John Peel session from 1982), Pale Saints, the soundtrack to The X-Files, Surfer Blood, Gorillaz, as well as others. UTR notes that one of the highlights is supposed to be the soundtrack to Batman & Robin.