By Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already: Tomorrow, Saturday April 18, is Record Store Day.The holiday started a couple years back as a way to honor America’srapidly vanishing independent music retailers, a noble cause if I’veever heard one. Now it’s grown to the point where all sorts of artistsbig and small are playing intimate in-stores and offering exclusive products atparticipating indie shops across the U.S. A very abridged list of some of the most notable Record Store Day specials is after the jump, but there are zillions of these things happening. Click over to the official site for much more complete info on releases and in-stores,plus the all-important list of participating vendors. Then let us knowin the comments section how you’ll be stimulating the moribundmusic-retail economy this weekend!

Exclusive releases:

  • Bruce Springsteen, “What Love Can Do”/“A Night With the New Jersey Devil” 7″ vinyl single
  • Bob Dylan, “Dreamin’ of You”/”Down Along the Cove” 7″ vinyl single
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash, live double vinyl album
  • The Smiths, “The Headmaster Ritual”/”Oscillate Wildly” 7″ vinyl single
  • New Order, “Temptation”/”Hurt” 7″ vinyl single
  • Tom Waits, “Lucinda/Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well”/”Bottom of the World” 7″ vinyl single (live recordings from 2008’s Glitter & Doom tour)
  • Grizzly Bear, “While You Wait For  The Others”/”He Hit Me” (live on KCRW) 7″ vinyl single
  • Sonic Youth/Beck, split 7″ vinyl EP
  • Flight of the Conchords, “Pencils in the Wind” 7″ vinyl single
  • Vetiver, “Wishing Well” 7″ vinyl single
  • Blitzen Trapper, “War Is Placebo” 7″ vinyl single
  • Iron &Wine, Norfolk 6-20-05 live CD
  • Wilco, bonus downloadable concert for anyone who purchases Ashes of American Flags DVD
  • Jane’s Addiction, “Mountain Song” 7″ vinyl single
  • Cold War Kids, live EP
  • The Dandy Warhols, Earth to the Remix EP, Volume Two
  • Cursive/Ladyfinger (ne), split 10″ picture disc EP

In-store shows:

And much, much more…