The third Saturday of April is now officially Record Store Day, when “independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music”, or, presumably, to get people off the internet and back into record stores. I’m as guilty as the next girl of neglecting my beloved independent music store (that’s you, Music Millennium) for online options like emusic and iTunes. I do a lot of impulse buying of music. This used to mean walking to the store on a lazy Saturday afternoon and leaving $75 later. These days, it typically involves me, my pajamas and my laptop late at night.
In any case, Record Store Day is an opportunity to not only interact with actual people at an actual music store, but to get access to some great special releases. Portland’s Jackpot Records has a list of these releases, many of which will be of particular interest to vinyl snobs. It will also be your first chance to get a hold of The Hold Steady’s Heaven is Whenever with a limited-edition LP.
There are also some stellar free live events and in-store performances planned for Saturday. A few of note for Portland:
Tomorrow evening, April 15th, Exene Cervenka (of X) will be playing an in-store at Music Millenium at 7pm. This is part of a two-week record-store tour Exene is doing in support of Record Store Day.
Saturday, Black Prairie will play a Music Millennium in-store at 6pm. (That link will take you to their gorgeous new website.)
So, I will try to tear myself away from the internet Saturday if you promise to do the same. And remember, you can always Tweet from your phone.