April 21st marks the 5th year of Record Store Day, a day for supporting your local record stores. All over town, St. Louis’ record stores and local labels will be presenting live music and purchase specials.
Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl, and Apop Records will all feature bands over the weekend. At Euclid, Doom Town and Magic City kick off the weekend on Friday night, starting at 7pm. Saturday – Record Store Day proper – sees This City of Takers playing bright and early at 10am at Vintage Vinyl, followed by a showcase from Tower Groove Records all afternoon. Bunnygrunt, the Skekses, and Warm Jets USA will all play, starting at 1pm. Later that night, Catholic Guilt plays at 5pm at Apop and Sleepy Kitty at 7pm at Euclid Records.
Beyond the live music, Record Store has been embraced by anybody who really matters in music these days. Bands recognize more and more the importance of physical places for consuming music and of supporting the independent businesses who have always supported musicians. Accordingly, there are more exclusive releases this year than any year yet. It’s not just records either: Special-released CDs, DVDs and even cassettes are also available.
Look for exclusive releases from The Misfits, 311, Potugal. The Man, Lou Reed, Uncle Tupelo, Thievery Corp., Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Artic Monkeys, Otis Redding; Aretha Franklin, Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Common, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Devo, Jay Farrar, Wilco, and many, many more.
For a complete list, check out the website: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases