Celebrate Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day marks its fifth anniversary today, April 21, and across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, thousands of independent record shops — stubborn survivors of these hard economic times —  will be marking the day with special releases from hundreds of diverse bands and artists, like the White Stripes, Beach House, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Miike Snow, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, PiL, Arctic Monkeys, Shabazz Palaces,  Sigur Rós, M83, and hell, even Katy Perry.  in New York, local stores like Other Music, Sound Fix and J&R Music World will have special events marking the day. After the jump, some links and a brief roundup.

Clarence Clemons Suffers A Stroke

According to several sources, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band compadre, sax man Clarence Clemons, has suffered a stroke in Florida and is seriously ill.

Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Coldplay, U2's Bono And The Edge, Madonna Join "Hope For Haiti" Telethon

The all-star lineup for the multi-platform, multi-channel "Hope For Haiti" telethon on Friday includes Springsteen, Jay-Z, Bono and the Edge of U2, Coldplay, Sting, Dave Matthews, Beyoncé, Madonna and many more.

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