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Does this video confuse you?
You may have figured out that it’s a commercial for someplace called, “Sound Warehouse” trying to convince you to buy things called “albums” at their “stores.” Crazy, huh? RIP, Sound Warehouse, RIP.
While the big chain stores like Tower, Wherehouse, Camelot Sam Goody, Virgin, Musicland, Sound Warehouse, and others have either disappeared or been drastically altered, indie record shops continue to thrive. They even have their own holiday called funny enough, “Record Store Day.” After you’re finished reading this article, you might want to read this one that appeared on CNN’s website in 2004 that really nailed what the future of the record world would look like. Anyway....
Record Store Day (which even has its own website and Facebook page) is celebrated the third Saturday of April each year. It was founded in Baltimore in 2007 to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store and has come a long way since then. This year, more than 1,200 of them all across the world are participating by holding special events, sales, giveaways, in-store artist appearances, and more.
The biggest (and IMO, the best) thing they do is to feature and promote special Record Store Day releases by legendary, indie, and regional bands that are truly amazing. In 2008, they featured 10 of them. This year, that number has exploded to more than 400. How great is that?
Below are 11 interesting releases being put out on vinyl this Record Store Day on April 19th that you might want to check out. Why 11 and why are they interesting? Just because.
- The Allman Brothers – "Selections From: Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992"
- Atmosphere – "The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single"
- Death Cab For Cutie Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra – "Live 2012"
- Devo – "Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig"
- The Dresden Dolls - "The Dresden Dolls"
- Green Day – "Demolicious"
- Joy Division – "An Ideal For Living"
- Nirvana – "Pennyroyal Tea"/"I Hate Myself and Want To Die"
- Dolly Parton - “Blue Smoke”
- Katy Perry - “Prism”
- The Velvet Underground – "Loaded"
You can see THE FULL LIST HERE. If you can’t make it out to pick up these gems for your ears in person, most of these “brick ‘n’ mortars” do have online stores as well. I mean, come on, they’re not dumb. Just because you love flipping through vinyl in a bin and then paying a person behind a counter in cash doesn’t mean you can’t order on the Internet, too.
So, get a new needle for your turntable, get some new vinyl, and celebrate Record Store Day 2014 by blowing out your speakers. It’ll be fun.