We had a feeling that this year’s Record Store Day was a success from all the buzz and first-hand stories we heard last Saturday, but we can now quantify RSD 2011 based on the SoundScan figures. Indie record stores sold 13% more albums during the week of Record Store Day in 2011 against the same period in 2010. More importantly, album sales at independent record stores increased more than 39% during RSD week compared to the previous week.
Let’s hope this trend continues in 2012 and that more artists continue to put out exclusive Record Store Day material with a focus on full-length releases. Also, while we’re making suggestions, how about upping limited edition releases by 1,000 or 2,000 copies so more fans can get RSD vinyl at the stores instead of from flippers on eBay.
Here’s a look at six other stories of note…
- Tweedy chats with David Fricke about the new Wilco LP
- Michael Franti discusses Spearhead’s new EP w. Randy Ray
- Prince still has 17 shows left in L.A. but no one knows when
- Check out these clips of the upcoming Neil Young tribute DVD
- Warren Haynes talks Man In Motion and touring w. Honest Tune
- Treme’s Steve Earle fills Spinner in on his incredibly hectic spring
Finally, this oral history detailing the Beastie Boys early days ranks among the best articles we’ve come across this year. Writer Amos Barshad was able to convince nearly every collaborator who particpated in the group’s rise to fame to participate, making for a wonderful read. Speaking of the B-Boys, let’s see if you think as highly of Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 as we do…