Record Store Day: The day the music didn't die

Old-school sound Record Store Day celebrates vinyl with specials live music

Old-school sound Record Store Day celebrates vinyl with specials live music by Charlotte L. Jacobson | Music Sights and Sounds Spotlight

Record Store Day was created in 2007 as a way to celebrate independently-owned record stores across the United States, according to its website. Record Store Day will last during normal business hours from 10 6 p.m., but live music begins at 2 p.m., and admission is free.

Dozens of reports of queues outside shops were shared on social media ahead of the opening of stores who have been inundated with a string of special vinyl records.

A classic that everyone will be familiar with, this is a specially released reissue of a rare Japanese 8-track picture disc LP.

"On the day, this is about more than the ethos of the record shop; it's literally about the thrill of acquiring a slab of vinyl, which in the format that is produced, has never been seen in the United Kingdom before".

McDonald said Blank Coffee Comics Records will have prizes that include posters, gift cards, records and record players.

Record Store Day is noted for limited releases, or pressings, of certain records.

At Nu Way Vinyl, Kirk Russell said they will have barbecue, courtesy of Smokin' on the Boulevard, a finalist in the Alabama Farmers' Federations Bama's Best Pork Ribs Contest.

He thinks the reason vinyl has become "cool" again is because people have a desire for music to mean more, and they want it to return to a medium of art. Attendees can also look forward to a scavenger hunt with special prizes. Zia will have several deals and special items on Record Store Day, with some proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs.

After Saturday, Yelin said stores are allowed to sell their leftover inventory online, if there is any.

For Record Store Day, this year's slate of releases features a wide spread of genres, Lambert said.

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"It's a tangible way to fall in love with the music, and it puts a personality behind what they're listening to", he said. Whether you're in search of something new or out to replace a worn-out piece of wax, walk through any independent record shop and inhale that heady, library-like smell of old album covers - it's intoxicating.

Both artists have long histories with record stores, having spent their youth hanging out and letting the culture soak in and become part of the men and musicians they became.

Now we live in the Spotify generation, a world of clickable instant gratification where the triumph of streaming has endangered the physical artifact and given record shops existential chills.

Here are 25 releases worth your purchase, assuming you can get your hands on them. So, what is it about Record Store Day that draws in such large crowds?

"A lot of people were really, really overwhelmed, and that, to me, was just the essence of what a record store can be, because music is emotion", Colliton said.

Colliton emphasized that in addition to record stores being able to introduce people to new music, they can provide a lasting impression. "Then I got to know the owner, staff, and everything". If you've seen the guitar-god documentary It Might Get Loud, you understand White's passion for the authenticity of analog music: in one of the movie's more revealing scenes, he constructs a guitar out of found parts including a Coke bottle and plays it.

Yelin said there will be other goodies for attendees, as well.

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