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“Stores can’t cope”: Record Store Day to scale back in 2013

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    1 Feb 2013
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Despite having its most successful event to date in 2012, this year’s Record Store Day will be a slimmer affair. 

Record Store Day 2012 was a gargantuan project, with approximately 450 different releases arriving under the RSD banner. Truth told, we were a little amazed at the profusion of special editions, kooky releases, lost treasures and assorted curios – who was making, and, crucially, buying all of this stuff?

As The Stool Pigeon report, the event is set to downscale by 10% in 2013. According to Record Store Day organiser Spencer Hickman, the sheer quantity of releases in 2013 proved somewhat deleterious: “Stores can’t cope, you can’t pay for it from a financial point of view because you’re buying all this stuff and then you’ve got to process it and get it out. I think a few labels got burnt, which is a good thing because then you strip it back.”

Hickman also revealed that BBC 6Music are set to dedicate a full day’s programming to the event, which will take place on April 20. Confirmed releases include a limited version of At The Drive-In’s Relationship Of Command, an LP from Unwound progenitors Giant Henry and a bumper reissue of The Flaming Lips’ grand folly Zaireeka.

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