Music lovers to unite for Record Store Day

Old-school sound Record Store Day celebrates vinyl with specials, live music

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"So Record Store Day ends up being a celebration of that culture".

Though many might say advancing technology will soon make physical media obsolete, the hundreds of thousands of music junkies celebrating National Record Store Day this Saturday, April 21, beg to differ.

In the past five years, vinyl has made its way back to popularity, and with its newfound attention, vinyl has become mainstream again, with even big box stores like Best Buy selling records.

The latter has been the primary aim of Record Store Day, which began in 2008 with 10 special releases sent to about 300 stores. The store will have almost 600 records for 99 cents apiece and almost 500 CDs for 99 cents each.

Record Store Day takes place on April 21 with 240 shops taking part.

Nate Stidham, a former member of band Arson's Harbor, got his start at the record store. The store primarily deals in vinyl, both new and used.

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For the first time on Vinyl, this live show along with 3 other concerts from the same year, is being released as a Limited Edition 4xLP set.

Generation co-owner Mark Yoshitomi anticipates a significant turnout for Record Store Day and expects this year's big sellers to be the five limited-edition David Bowie records and numerous other older albums being pressed on vinyl for the very first time. The single Let's Dance will also be available.

Vinyl remains a vital music format even though it had gone dormant for almost two decades.

Bruce Springsteen "Greatest Hits", a two-LP set long out-of-print, reissued on red vinyl. "U2 are releasing a 12" picture disc with two different versions of "Lights of Home". With staff committed to tracking down releases, this place encourages visitors to open up about the deep cuts of their dreams.

John Moorehouse, 65, travelled from Keighley in Yorkshire to buy new records for his collection.

Grammy-winning Australian beatmaker Flume mixes his woozy production style with R&B-inspired bedside intimacy and lots of guest vocalists. But there are enough new albums and Record Store Day releases to push forward the biggest trend in record sales.

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Anndersen Fremin has handled the orders for three years now. "But the people who are collectors and into music long-term want to have a collection of records". It features the ethereal downtempo reinterpretation of "No Diggity".

That means there are a slew of special, limited-edition vinyl releases to be scored.

In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. For RSD, Rubberband's title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B/jazz singer Ledisi.

It was, however, a little easier for the store owners to figure out what might sell this year as compared with past Record Store Days. The cover artwork is a painting by Davis and there will only be a worldwide run of 6,000 copies. In the last few years, the Princeton Record Exchange has had more than 1,500 limited edition pieces for sale on Record Store Day. But co-owner Rob Stevens did pull out a Led Zeppelin 45 - previously unreleased remixes of "Rock and Roll" backed with "Friends" on yellow vinyl. Classic rock and indie-rock comprise the majority of the releases, but the offerings also include rap, soul, jazz, techno, country, folk, metal and more. In 2016, the week leading up to Record Store Day saw independent record stores boost their share in the market by over 30 percent. The company continues its series of Music to Drink Beer To compilations. "They make a lot of money off of it". It features non-album songs like "Puffin' On Blunts and Drankin' Tanqueray" along with the infamous "One Eight Seven".

"Last but certainly not least, the famous single from the iconic album The Chronic, will be pressed on a clear vinyl 12".

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