4.16.11 — Record Store Day #1: Kill Rock Stars...

The sun has been managing to maintain some semblance of sunlight past 5:30 lately, which means we’re slowly moving, (or trudging), through this cold and icy murk toward warmer weather. The groundhog missed its shadow, so superstitious folk should be pleased with the hope of possible sunshine heading our way.

Our progress toward warmer weather, though, also means that it’s time for Record Store Day updates and I saw my first one this morning via Kill Rock Stars:


We're doing on our part on Record Store Day, April 16:

Twenty years ago, yes T-W-E-N-T-Y, Slim Moon formed the fiercely independent label Kill Rock Stars and released a comp of the same name. It was a silkscreened, limited edition LP and featured bands that had either played the International Pop Underground Convention or who were from Olympia. This included bands that were already successful (Nirvana, The Melvins) mixed in with bands that were about to affect pop culture at large (Bikini Kill, Bratmobile) as well as bands that were to help define the underground scene for the two decades (Unwound, The Nation of Ulysses, Mecca Normal).

Kill Rock Stars is a vital document of an important era in independent music. We would like to both celebrate our anniversary and recognize the vital role record stores have played in our existence by offering 2000 limited edition LPs with silkscreened, hand-numbered covers just for Record Store Day 2011.

So, get excited and get supportive! Shitty economy + outpouring of fanboy support for independent record stores = pushing off the inevitable collapse of our culture a little while longer. (That should be a new motto.)

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