An internationally recognized event with more than 1,400 independent music stores participating nationwide, Record Store Day puts the needle to the groove once more on Saturday, April 16.
This annual celebration of vinyl culture brings together store owners, customers, and musicians alike with live band performances, music contests, meet and greets with popular artists, and most importantly exclusive vinyl and CD releases only available during Record Store Day.
During the first RSD in 2007, Metallica spent hours at Rasputin Music in San Francisco signing autographs and meeting fans according to the official Record Store Day blog. In fact, this year, the four members of Metallica were officially named Record Store Day Ambassadors because of their early support for the concept and its many appearances at indie-records stores from the beginning.
Year after year, dozens of popular musicians like Jack White, Chuck D., Ozzy Osbourne, and Iggy Pop have all declared their support for the annual day in order to stress just how important local record stores are to not only musicians and listeners, but also how RSD supports and promotes the music industry with its annual sales.
I live in Sacramento, Calif., and here, we sure do love to show our record stores like Phono Select Records, Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage, Dimple Records and more just how much we support them all year-round. But, it’s no surprise that vinyl enthusiasts will completely empty their pockets during this holiday to ensure they snag one or all of these exclusive RSD releases: The Buzzcocks’ recordings for United Artist Records on two LPs, which includes the active years between 1977 and 1980 when the band released three albums and defined the pop-punk genre; The Animals’ 10-inch vinyl with songs never before released in the U.S.; David Bowie (R.I.P) also has several special edition vinyl releases launching on RSD and the list, trust me, is huge.
So, what I’m really trying to say is get off the couch and out into the sunshine next Saturday and buy some damn records! Also, check out some of the in-store performances at two of the Dimple Records’ locations listed below. Oh, and last, but most importantly, be sure to stop by as many Sacramento independent stores as possible to show your support for vinyl culture.
Live Record Store Day Performances:
Bellygunner @ Dimple Arden
Noon – 1 p.m.
2433 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Bellygunner: Rock of the pop sort, Bellygunner’s record, Machine Gun Built for Two, is available only in blue vinyl. Peggy Lanza (keyboard and vocals), Gabriel Nelson (guitar and vocals), Steve Randall (guitar and vocals), Shawn Hale (bass and vocals), and Thomas Monson (drums and vocals) will turn the volume up for an hour during Record Store Day.
Destroy Boys @ Dimple Broadway
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2500 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Destroy Boys: Feminist punk rock trio released its new EP, Grimester, just in time for RSD. Alexia Roditis (vocals), Vi Mayugba (guitar) and Ethan Knight (drums) will have both cassettes and CDs for sale for just two bucks. That’s a steal because songs like “30 Seconds of Shit” are anything but.