Saturday (April 16) marks the 3rd annual Record Store Day, which is a nationally organized celebration of the over 700 independently-owned record stores and the love of vinyl. The official website describes it as:
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.
They also have a way to search and find out which record store near you is participating. We had no idea there were so many record stores just in our little state of Iowa. Exciting!
And in honor of the big day, we’d like to remember two of our favorite record stores (warning: profanity in the second clip):