Saturday, April 16, 2011

Record Day:

Today was the 4th Annual Record Store Day.

We hit up one of our local music stores, Arkansas Record and CD Exchange, where we picked up some Queen and Led Zepplin albums, listened to some live music, and got some free promotional items.

From their site:

"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. "

The Coachella soundtrack is amazing, btw. I wish we were there right now. There are some seriously amazing bands (Jack's Mannequin, Two Door Cinema Club, CeeLo Green) performing. But since we can't, this CD will have to do. Spin Magazine made their own compilation, Whoachella 2011. I think you can download it here.

I hope you celebrated, wherever you are. Check out their website to learn more, listen to some of your favorite bands (Regina Spektor!) declare their support for Record Store Day, and find a store near you. 

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