Epitaph's founding artist, Bad Religion, and two of ANTI- Record's most enduring figures, Tom Waits and Booker T. Jones, are set to release limited edition 7" vinyl singles on April 18th in honor of the second annual Record Store Day.
Record Store Day unites indie retailers "as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally." Special releases, in-store appearances and general revelry will surround these stores and bring community awareness to these cultural institutions who are surviving, even thriving, in the changing music environment.
Tom Waits will release a three song vinyl 7" with live tracks from his overwhelmingly acclaimed 2007 Glitter and Doom Tour. "Lucinda" and "Ain't Going Down to the Well" were recorded in Atlanta GA, while "Bottom of the World" comes from Waits' performance in Edinburgh, Scotland. Together, these three songs are the first live recordings released since Waits' Big Time came out in 1988.
Booker T. Jones is releasing a two song 7" with studio tracks - "Warped Sister" and "Reunion Time" -- from his upcoming ANTI- debut Potato Hole, his first solo album in over 20 years which features backing from the Drive-By Truckers, guitar tracks by Neil Young and Booker T's unmistakable Hammond B3 organ stylings.
Bad Religion will celebrate Record Store Day with the first-ever re-release of the record that started it all: 1981's 6-song 7" EP. In a tribute to RSD 2009, Bad Religion founder/Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz wrote "I got my start by going around to record stores like Moby Disc and Middle Earth and giving them The Bad Religion 7" to sell on consignment. I'd go back every couple of weeks to see if they needed any more and while I was at it I'd always check out the zines, flyers and new punk releases. These places were more than stores, they were gathering places and hubs of information. They were the heart of the LA Hardcore scene and it would never have existed without them."
For more information, please visit the official Record Store Day website.