Saturday April 17 is Record Store Day. Over a thousand independent record shops across 18 countries in four continents are taking place to highlight the contribution of indie stores to music.
EMI is producing a series of special releases that will only be available through participating retailers. In the US EMI is releasing exclusive John Lennon and Sex Pistols vinyl packages, while in the UK, Mute are putting out special 12″ singles from Nick Cave and Yeasayer and a Goldfrapp cassette album and Parlopone are releasing a series of 12 special 7″ singles.
Each release, which is strictly limited (the maximum run is 1,000) comes in a vintage-style paper Parlophone house bag which utilises elements of historic sleeves from the 1960s right through to the present day.
The artists featured are Babyshambles, Bat For Lashes, Chiddy Bang, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, Eliza Doolittle, Hot Chip, Jónsi, Lily Allen, The Pet Shop Boys, Tinie Tempah, the band that made the label what it is today, The Beatles, and a 12th release for which details will follow in due course.
More information on the Parlophone 7″ records is on their website here: http://www.parlophone.co.uk/recordstoreday/