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April 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Saturday is Record Store Day. I’m bracing myself for a busy morning with fellow music lovers around Seattle. My goal is to get one or two vinyl records max. It’s hard to resist the urge to buy everything in sight when you know artists are selling limited and special editions of their music.
Dozens of music stores throughout Washington are participating. Here’s a long list of what artists are offering up, from unreleased songs and special remixes to reissues and live performances. So many gems, including material from the likes of Gary Clark, Jr., Best Coast, Grizzly Bear, and Rodriguez.
I’ll let the guys from one of my favorite bands, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. out of Detroit, explain what the big deal is (as they offer a glimpse of their own RSD release, limited to 3,000 copies nationwide):
The first Record Store Day took place April 19, 2008 as a way to celebrate what remains of independently-owned record stores nationwide. Metallica kicked off the annual event at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. Now it happens every third weekend in April.