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Monday, April 12, 2010

Saturday is Record Store Day: Limited-Edition Releases, Rare In-Stores

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM



Record Store Day, that annual record-buying rite of spring that will rock independent music sellers across the world, hits again this Saturday, April 17. The event is a two-fold celebration: it's a chance for bands to put out small-run, limited-addition releases that get music fans salivating (official list here) and an occasion for shops to book in-store performances and signings that draw audiences.

Whether you show up to buy, watch, or have body parts signed by your favorite artists, Record Store Day is an opportunity to show brick 'n' mortar retailers that you want them to stick around. 

Below is a brief roundup of RSD goings-on. If you know of events that aren't mentioned, please let everyone know in the comments section.

Force of Habit records, the punk-focused shop in the Mission, will be celebrating with a flood of rare vinyl from owner Dave Devereaux's collection, including "early unreleased Morrissey, super rare Joy Division, and all the impossible-to-find Operation Ivy." There will also be sales on "some super cool stuff," which, knowing Devereaux's buying habits, could mean top-shelf turntables or even original-issue Simpson's action figures.

The mother ship of music-buying, Amoeba Music, will fete Record Store Day with a celebration befitting its massive size. Festivities kick off with a pre-party at the Uptown in Oakland this Wednesday night -- featuring DJ sets by employees of Amoeba, 1-2-3-4-Go! Records, Mod Lang, and Dave's Record Shop. On Saturday, Amoeba in SF will have Charlotte Gainsbourg in store at noon for a signing of her new album, IRM, and her limited edition Record Store Day 7-inch. She'll be followed by Jonsi of Sigur Ros at 2:30 p.m. Over in Berkeley, the original Amoeba has Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs booked for a DJ set at 2 p.m. Customers at both stores will also enjoy lots of special RSD treatment (gift bags, hourly gift certificate giveaways, and "surprises.")

Other Bay Area stores participating in Record Store Day include the venerable Aquarius Records in the Mission, Creative Music Emporium in Mission Terrace -- whose owners are also selling off their private collection in preparation to close the store later this year -- and The Music Store in West Portal, among others. A list of participating local stores is on the RSD Web site, but our hunch is that some retailers not listed there will be celebrating in some form or another.

There's also ton of fantastic-sounding records coming out on Saturday. We're excited for the two vinyl reissues from beloved Bay Area art-rockers Deerhoof -- 2003's Apple O' and the 2005 EP Green Cosmos. Sub Pop is releasing two new Beach House tracks (and two alternate takes from Teen Dream, their endlessly beautiful new album) on a 1,500-run 12-inch in honor of RSD. The Hold Steady's new album, Heaven is Whenever, isn't officially out until May 4, but you can grab a screen-printed vinyl version on Saturday. (Run fast -- there are fewer than 700 copies available.) Classic vinyl reissues run the gamut, including music from Hendrix, Joan Baez, and Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs vinyl box set. The full list of releases is here, but the Record Store Day folks say it's changing all the time. Most of the releases are also very limited-edition, so be sure to show up to your favorite indie record store early.

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