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Since its conception back in 2007, Record Store Day has grown into an international celebration of independent record store owners, employees, and customers, but at the center of it all is, of course, the artists! Each year, more special vinyl albums and CDs are released, a variety of promotional products are created, and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances in the name of Record Store Day, and now is your chance to thank those artists for all their hard work!

This week the folks behind Record Store Day announced The Adapter Prize, an award series honoring the releases record store staff and their customers think are the very best! This prize, which is modeled loosely on The Mercury Prize and The Polaris Prize, was conceived by the organizers of Record Store Day Canada and is a simple 4-category award decided by dozens of indie record stores across the country. As Tim Baker of Sunrise Records and Record Store Day Canada says, “We feel over the next few years that these awards will become the final word on what defines real quality in music. Who better to evaluate that quality than record store staff and their devoted clientele?” I couldn’t agree more!

The Adapter Prize

During the first phase of the prize, which is going on now, record store staff and customers can nominate titles in four categories:

Record of the Year (New Release)
Nominations in this category are full-length albums, newly recorded. EPs, greatest hits packages, soundtracks, compilations, and reissues are not eligible. There is no required format — releases can be on CD and/or vinyl.

Record of the Year (Reissue)
Nominations in this category are full-length albums, reissued in some form during the appropriate time period. EPs, greatest hits packages, soundtracks, and compilations are not eligible. There is no required format — releases can be on CD and/or vinyl.

Record Store Day Release of the Year
Nominations in this category are released for Record Store Day in the appropriate year. Only releases that are truly exclusive are eligible to be nominated — windowed titles are not eligible. Any format or recording length can be nominated.

Breakout of the Year
Nominations in this category are artists (band or solo performer) who in the eligibility period released the record that “broke” them nationally, which may or may not be their debut release.

Note that nominees must have been released between May 1 2012 and April 30, 2013, they must have general national distribution, and they must be available to all stores across the country.

Once the nominating period wraps, nominations will be vetted, and the top five nominations meeting the criteria in each category will be placed on a short list. The staff of the participating record stores will vote on the final winners in each category, then the recipients of the first-ever Record Store Day Adapter Prize will be announced in September!

The list of participating stores is growing daily, but right now, Origami Vinyl is the place to go if you live in LA and want to support your favorite artists and releases, which I highly suggest you do!

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