Record Store Day Announces 2015 Ambassador: Dave Grohl

  • By Dave Frankel
  • 10 Feb, 2015

February 11, 2015




The party in 2015 will once again cement Record Store Day’s legacy as the music industry’s biggest holiday, celebrating the culture of the independent record store worldwide on Saturday, April 18th. 

More than ever, this year’s choice for the event’s emissary pulls together the ethos and attitude of Record Store Day for artists and fans, alike. He is a legend whether at the mic with a guitar, behind a drum kit or in the director’s chair for a documentary feature film or HBO series. He’s won 15 Grammys and sold tens of millions of records—25+ million of them with his band that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year—but more than anything he is a music lover and fan...

His name is Dave Grohl, and Record Store Day is damn proud to have him as its 2015 Ambassador. And Ambassador Grohl has something to say about record stores:

“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.

1975's K-Tel's Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.

More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rediscover this sense of excitement, that magical feeling of finding something all one’s own, by watching my kids go through it. Watching them realize how crucial and intertwined every part of this experience is, I relive the magic of my earliest experiences with vinyl singles and albums, their artwork, liners notes etc. all over again and again.

I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”  

Adds Michael Kurtz, Co-founder, Record Store Day, “It’s such a buzz to have Dave be our Ambassador this year and to have him put out a record in honor of Record Store Day. He’s one of those rare artists that dives into local communities and wallows in our charms and eccentricities. Yeah, we’re a little weird but we like it like that and apparently Dave does too. We couldn’t be happier.”  Find the full statement from Dave Grohl, along with his special Record Store Day video at  

Ambassador Grohl and his bandmates in Foo Fighters will also be participating in Record Store Day by releasing SONGS FROM THE LAUNDRY ROOM , a 10” four-track EP featuring previously unreleased demos, covers and songs. The Official List of Record Store Day Releases will be announced at a press conference at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 10th.

Record Store Day Information

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From CBC News, by Jesse Johnston

Store clerks ask, "May I help you, sir?" all the time but it's not every day that they get to ask, "May I help you, Sir Elton John?"

That's what happened in downtown Vancouver on Thursday when the British music legend strolled into a record shop and dropped a couple hundred dollars on vinyl.

"I came in from the back and there was Elton John standing there with his two bodyguards, digging through records," said Beat Street Records manager Lindsay Tomchyshen.

The bodyguards weren't the type to get mistaken for tiny dancers.

"They were big guys," Tomchyshen said.

John signed a copy of his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road before he left the store. (Beat Street Records)

So, what did the artist known for hits like   Rocket Man   and   Bennie and the Jets want to buy?

"He asked my boss if we had any Tech N9ne, like, the gangster rapper and I was not expecting that," Tomchyshen laughed, referring to the Kansas City-based artist.

Unfortunately, Beat Street was sold out of Tech N9ne, so John settled for a stack of albums from the 1980s British pop band Scritti Politti instead.

Tomchyshen said John was polite, posed for some pictures and signed a copy of   Goodbye Yellow   Brick Road .

Then he was gone, kind of like a candle in the wind.

John, who will be 70 later this month, plays two shows in Victoria this weekend before continuing his world tour, which is set to wrap up in December.

By Dave Frankel 13 Apr, 2017
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, Sir Elton John has been named the first worldwide Record Store Day Legend. His love of physical media and the brick and mortar record stores who sell it is pretty well known, and he's helping us commemorate this tenth Record Store Day by releasing his favorite live album  17-11-70 , in an expanded edition for the first time. And he's also waxing poetic about the format he loves and the stores he loves to get it from.

17.11.70+   Track List

A1 “Take Me To The Pilot”
A2 “Honky Tonk Women”
A3 “Sixty Years On”
A4 “Can’t Put You On”

B1 “Bad Side Of The Moon”
B2 “Burn Down The Mission” (Incl. “My Baby Left Me” / “Get Back”)
C1 “Indian Sunset”
C2 “Amoreena” (Newly remixed bonus track)
C3 “Your Song” *D1 “Country Comfort”
D2 “I Need You To Turn To”
D3 “Border Song”
D4 “My Father’s Gun”

By Dave Frankel 13 Apr, 2017

The list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF  that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu  with more detail and artwork. These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 22. Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this world, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, there’s a poster out there with a kitten in an adorable but precarious situation that says so. And so is our list.

*There are three categories on this list. These are them:  
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.  
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES.  Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds.
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE.   These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers.

*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/21 or 4/22 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.

*We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store and let them know what you might be looking for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s a good place to start. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?

Download / View Record Store Day - April 22, 2017 - The List
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In addition to the annual  Record Store Day  that takes place in April, the organization behind the event has been throwing a smaller iteration of it on Black Friday for the past few years. This year’s RSD Black Friday exclusive releases include the Rolling Stones’ new song “Ride ‘Em On Down,” Erykah Badu’s  But You Cain’t Use My Phone  LP, the Cars’ “Just What I Needed” 7″, a 7″ picture disc of D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” Death Grips’  Fashion Week / Interview 2016  LP, Lil Yachty’s  Lil Boat  LP, a 12″ picture disc of Prince And The New Power Generation’s “Sexy M.F.,” and some other stuff.

You can check out the full list  here .
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Special thanks goes out to  Amanda Steinberg  for making this video about Record Store Day at Inner Groove Records.
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Rare or new releases by musical giants including Patti Smith, David Bowie and The Doors will come out next month for Record Store Day, the growing celebration of vinyl's resurgence.

The latest Record Store Day will take place on April 16 and feature more than 300 special releases in the US market.

Download the complete RSD 2016 List     or visit  for additional details

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