Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 16. This is a day when record stores and music artists come together to celebrate music and the continued existence of albums that you can hold in your hand, in the digital age.
For a more official description:
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
The spirit of the day, however, seems to be being undermined by those looking to cash in on the releases prior to the event. Items are turning up all over eBay before Record Store Day even gets here.
The people behind Record Store Day have responded to the situation on Facebook:
Thanks to everyone who has pointed out ebay auctions to us. We really DO understand and share your frustration over how much this sucks. And we do take action where we can, especially if we find a store doing it: Time Traveler was doing it, we forced a take-down, and are putting them on public notice.
One fan commented, "To do this prior to release day belittles the whole ethic..."
Another said, "People should just boycott them and not buy them on eBay. That's just wrong of them. That just ruins the fun of Record store day. I say ban them for life!"
@BrianHastie Record Store Day is a celebration of the STORES.
Also happening this weekend is Coachella, which is sure to draw interest from a lot of the same people who are interested in Record Store Day. The event is being streamed live on YouTube starting today.