With this Record Store Day (it’s coming up fast on April 17th) promising an EP from the Smashing Pumpkins, a Metallica-Black Sabbath split, and plenty of goodness from Sub Pop, there’s no way this day of days could get any better, right? Wrong. British indie giant Wichita Recordings, who has had a hand in the careers and releases of everyone from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Peter Bjorn and John, Bloc Party, My Morning Jacket, and beyond, are using this RSD to wish themselves a happy birthday for 10 glorious years in business. And the gifts? All yours!
First, you’ll get to cop some pretty stellar reissues, including Bright Eyes’ 2000 LP Fevers & Mirrors, The Cribs’ self-titled debut, Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ self-titled debut EP, and Simian Mobile Disco’s Attack Decay Sustain Release. Expect high-end packaging and durable vinyl, but not a lot of copies; the LPs will be limited to just 1,000, while there’ll just be 500 copies of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ EP.
And if you live in the UK, the gifts just keep on coming in the form of birthday parties. May 14th at the Brighton club Life kicks things off, with a May 21st show with a venue to be confirmed. And then there’s the May 26th Primavera Sound Festival launch show at the Apolo featuring Los Campesinos!, First Aid Kit, and Peggy Sue. Get all the info on the Wichita Recordings official site.
Add a Slip-N-Slide and this may be the greatest birthday celebration ever.
Of course, you can find a complete list of scheduled Record Store Day releases on our 2010 Second Quarter Music Preview.