Sunday, March 28, 2010

Record Store Day • April 17, 2010

In a few weeks a bunch of us geeks who still frequent record stores (as they used to be known) will flock to our local independently owned vinyl emporiums to attend Record Store Day. Started in 2007 as a "celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned stores in the USA," this annual promotion not only seeks to boost attendance, but is a great way to get some very cool, esoteric and rare releases that only come out for this celebration.

It's pretty tough to summarize the ultra-awesome releases that come out, but you can go to their website to see a list of what's coming out this year. It includes a live Hendrix vinyl EP, a John Lennon "Bag O' Singles," a sweet reissue of R.E.M.'s Chronic Town EP, and releases from Devo, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, The Hold Steady, Joe Strummer, Joy Division, and a truckload more. And that's just for this year. Last year there was a Big Star 7" single featuring a song not on the box set, MC5 and Stooges singles with nice picture sleeves, and a whole lot more. Tons of record labels put out very limited editions just for this day (although sometimes there are copies available after the fact; it's first come, first served).

I hope you'll go support your favorite brick 'n' mortar shop on Saturday, April 17th. There's nothing better in the world than having great record stores in your hometown. Okay, maybe a few things, but very few!

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