It's that time of year again! Record Store Day is next Saturday, April 18th. "This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music."
From their website:
The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
Record Store Day is currently managed by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Scott Register, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some of our local record stores participating:
In addition to celebrating Record Store Day, Good Records also celebrates their birthday on the 18th and has a full day of festivities!
Their celebration promises to be fun-filled with such amazing artists! One of my favorites on the bill is Starlight Mints; they hail from Norman, Oklahoma and if you haven't heard them you should have a listen. Also, local group The Cannabinoids is Dallas' own Erykah Badu's project, so that will definitely be something to see!
Here is some info from their site:
Good Records is celebrating its ninth birthday to coincide with the 2nd Annual Record Store Day. There will be two stages filled with pleasant sounds. There will be sustenance and libations to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst respectively. There will be a plethora of special releases that you can't live without created specifically for this new treasured national holiday. Good Records will be your oasis for smooth sailing and good times on Saturday April 18th. Oh yeah...it is free and all ages!
And here is a schedule for the bands:
11:30am School Of Rock House Band
12:30pm Greg Schroeder
1:30pm Tre Orsi
2:30pm Shiny Around The Edges
3:30pm Chameleon Chamber Group
4:30pm Jack With One Eye
5:30pm True Widow
6:30pm Colossal Yes
7:30pm White Denim
8:30pm The Crash That Took Me
10pm Starlight Mints
Midnight The Hooded Deer
11am Rockestra (Rock N Roll Youth Orchestra)
1pm The Happy Bullets
2pm Binary Sunrise
3pm Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
4pm Boom Boom Box
7pm Dove Hunter
9pm The Cannabinoids featuring Erykah Badu
Be sure to get out and support your local record store! If you're not in the Dallas area, there is a list of participating stores near you, find them here.
"Yes, yes, I know. It's easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what's playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it? Nothing, that's what. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flatshares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who's going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can't save your life. But they can give you a better one." - Nick Hornby, author, High Fidelity, Slam (among others).
~Stephanie, the dreamer.