Remember the days when you’d walk into a store, hear some music you’ve never heard before, flip through a stack of music and nab that last copy of your favorite band’s new release? They were called record stores, and this Saturday is Record Store Day – a day to get offline and into your favorite neighborhood store. In addition to supporting your local music dealer, you’ll get exclusive deals not available online.
For example, buy Wilco’s latest DVD, “Ashes of American Flags,” from your local, participating record store and get a free download of a Wilco concert – ironic, I know, but still pretty cool.
Even better, many participating stores will have live performances in the store. Some participants include:
- The Black Lips – Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ and Zia Records – Speedway, Tucson, AZ
- Silversun Pickups – Rasputin Music and DVDs, Berkeley, CA
- Eagles of Death Metal, Rhino Records, Claremont, CA
- Ra Ra Riot – Flat Black and Circular, East Lansing, MI
- Bottle Rockets, Euclid Records, St. Louis, MO
- Mark Solotroff/Bruce Lamont/Right-Eye Rita, Reckless Records, Chicago, IL
- Indigo Girls, Newbury Comics, Boston, MA
- The Bouncing Souls, Generation Records, New York, NY
- Jay Reatard, Goner Records, Memphis, TN
- G. Love, Exclusive Company, Madison, WI
There are many other bands playing at record stores across the country – across the world, in fact. For a listing you can go here, or visit RecordStoreDay.com where you can search by state. Below is a video from last year’s inaugural Record Store Day, where Metallica showed up at Rasputin’s.
So go ahead – get to your local independent record store and support local business, your community, artists and the culture of rock and roll. And take in some free stuff too.