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The new staff members aren’t yet able to post in the staff blog, so I’m doing my favorite son Adam Thomas a big favor here and posting his blog about this year’s Record Store Day.  I’m lending my support to this blog post, as Record Store Day is a big fucking deal for guys like us who buy vinyl and albums that you can’t get at Best Buy, etc.  So give Adam your full attention and support your local record stores if you have any!  As a sidenote, here are some possible names for his future column:  Adam’s Spasms, Adam’s Orgasms, Adam’s Chasms.  Just some suggestions.

Just a little reminder for y’all, the fourth annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 17th. For those not in the know, Record Store Day is a world wide celebration of independent music retailers, marked by a plethora of special releases from musicians on both major and indie labels, and special in-store appearances by tons of bands both big and small. So why honor the local record shop? Despite the fact that they can at times be a bit more pricey than their superstore counterparts, local record stores foster a sense of community amongst their consumers, stocking albums based on what their clientele want, not based on corporate buggery and marketing deals. This personal touch is what they rely on to survive, and with retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy holding brick and mortar retail music sales by the balls and internet stores such as Amazon and Apple’s iTunes gaining more ground ever day, survival is becoming tougher.

Now here’s the big question: what makes Record Store Day 2010 so special? Well, besides a chance to support a vital pillar of the music community, there’s the swag. In honor of Record Store Day there will be special releases (and re-releases) by such Sputnik approved bands as Against Me!, Coheed and Cambria, Bon Iver, Hot Water Music, The Get Up Kids, Mastodon, Manchester Orchestra, Modest Mouse, Omar Rodriquez Lopez, and the RX Bandits. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some participating stores will also be offering intimate in-store performances. Just to list a few, the California based Amoeba Records chain will be having special performances by The Smashing Pumpkins (Hollywood) and Jonsi Brigson (San Francisco), Between the Buried and Me and Mastodon will at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC, Alice In Chains will be at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes Barre, PA, Circa Survive will be playing an acoustic set at the Newbury Comics in Norwood, MA, and Minus the Bear will be playing two sets at Sonic Boom in Seattle, WA. Can you think of a better way to kill some time on a Saturday afternoon? Probably, but that’s no excuse to miss the musical celebration that is Record Store Day.

For more info on participating stores in your area, go here.

And for a full list of Record Store Day Releases, put your cursor here and click furiously.

Adam Thomas does not know I made this picture. Yet.

Also, Adam says you can probably think of something better to do this Saturday, but no you fucking can’t.  Support RSD.





mynameischan
04.16.10
hey guys, look how nice i am

Jebull
04.16.10
Damn It all, nothing close to me.. =(

SeaAnemone
04.16.10
participating stores link is dead

Athom
04.16.10
FYI that pic was taken at the Laker championship riots last year out side of staples center and that water bottle is full of rum.

Athom
04.16.10
www.recordstoreday.com for stores in your area.

sniper
04.16.10
Awesome, definitely gonna go see some bands.

Jebull
04.16.10
Well then, I retract my statement, I'm surprised that there are actually some near me participating, guess thats what I get for assuming..

mynameischan
04.16.10
link is fixed

sniper
04.16.10
Why can't new staff post blogs?

Athom
04.16.10
thnx babe

Relinquished
04.16.10
I vote for Adam's Orgasms

combustion07
04.16.10
Hey Surf Brother's is participating! Sweeeeet

rasputin
04.16.10
adam's spasms is the best name

Tyler
04.16.10
Some big in-stores I'll be covering in Toronto too.

theacademy
04.16.10
"big fucking deal for guys like us who buy vinyl and albums that you can’t get at Best Buy" omg so cool omg.

mmfarva
04.16.10
Soon I shall get my Moon & Antarctica. Yes... Yeeeeessss....

Unless they lose it like my mewithoutYou vinyl. Shit.

Captain North
04.16.10
Oh cool, thanks to that website I now know of record stores (kind of) close to me that I had no idea about. I'll be visiting them for sure at some point.

PanasonicYouth
04.16.10
yeah, Adam's Orgasms sounds awesome plz
also i may or may not be going. saturday's gonna be busy for me :(

Nikkolae
04.16.10
i wish i could support RSD in the proper way but record stores here are close to non existant when it comes to vinyl purchase, i will however purchase a couple of CD's just to add my grain of sand

Captain North
04.16.10
However, I won't be going on RSD since I've got a free music festival to go to instead. Booyah.

Damrod
04.16.10
One of the longest running Indipendent Record Stores in my hometown closed down late last year... =( Was a real bummer, I don't have any other indie store right now.

Anyways, I find this a good idea. Nice write up too!

Transient
04.16.10
definitely going to go to my local record store tomorrow

Ire
04.16.10
I'm glad i have my zia records. i just wish they were as cool at the AZ locations.

Kiran
04.16.10
mmmmm vinyl, gonna go get myself a copy of the moon & antarctica re-release. also, new hold steady is being released exclusively on vinyl for record store day, so hold steady fanboys get stoked.

SmurkinGherkin
04.16.10
does anything like this happen in the UK?

Kiran
04.16.10
yeah its happening in the UK, there's a list of UK record stores participating on the website i think as well as UK releases but for the most part its the same as the US

SmurkinGherkin
04.16.10
ahhh yeah i see now. sweet there's one in camberley 8)

iarescientists
04.16.10
cashed my tax refund gonna get mad records

combustion07
04.16.10
I'm probably end up getting the Mastodon double LP and a few other things

combustion07
04.17.10
Just got back from Surf Brothers, they closed down last week :'(
That was the only record store in the area I knew of.... been my favorite store for 6 years. This record store day blew

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