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Happy Record Store Day! Go out and buy some vinyl

Photo via http://www.fugitivesounds.org/a-vinyl-collectors-guide-to-record-store-day-2013/
Photo via fugitivesounds.org/a-vinyl-collectors-guide-to-record-store-day-2013/

Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day. It’s a day to celebrate music, specifically the independent record stores that sell it and the exclusive vinyl selections by hundreds of bands being released as an incentive to get music fans into the stores.

Before you head out, check out our guide to what’s happening locally at various record stores around the Philadelphia area.

Below, listen to some of the offerings for the day including Bleeding Rainbow’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Glynis,” Bardo Pond’s cover of Brian Eno’s “Here Comes The Warm Jets,” Django Django’s cover of The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” and a demo of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.

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DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival Records

Photo courtesy of Dan King
Photo courtesy of Dan King

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a little more complicated.

Vinyl Revival Records in Lansdowne will be kicking off the day not only with limited edition and first releases, but a near all-day free concert event featuring some of the finest in Philly’s underground/punk/indie scene. On the bill, we’ve got Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum, Wild Rompit and DRGN King, who is warming up for a Sunday show opening for New Madrid at Boot and Saddle.

Listen to DRGN King’s most recent single “Solo Harp” below, get a sampling of the other artists on the bill after the jump and check out the full lineup here.

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The Key’s guide to your Record Store Day shopping spree

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Siren Records | photo by Liora Arianna | via facebook.com/SirenRecordsDoylestown

It’s the time of year to trade in all those hard earned dollars for some new vinyl – as if you didn’t do that all year long already.

And if you don’t, Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 19th – is a good a day as any to start. While the debate continues as to whether or not the “holiday” has outgrown its original goal of celebrating independent record stores across the country, and turned more towards larger labels reissuing classics to cash in, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take advantage of what’s been released and take advantage of any potential deals.

When heading out this Saturday, be ready for something unavoidable – crowds. Blair Elliot, owner of Doylestown’s Siren Records, says that RSD has blown up a little more every year to the point of bringing more people through his shop’s doors than the Christmas shopping season. His store will have most of the RSD-exclusive releases. And if you check the RSD website; that’s quite a formidable list; must be a big investment for an independent store.

“We hope it’s big this year because it’s costing us a lot,” Elliot says laughing. “I don’t think it’s a risk, but you just need to make sure you sell enough of what you get.”

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Our Griffins will play an instore set at Siren Records in Doylestown

Siren Records will also be hosting Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band and Our Griffins for an in-store performance starting at 6 p.m. Forsyth and company will be releasing, Solar Live 11.15.13, a recording of the band’s November show at the Rotunda.

The show happening at Siren is just one of many in-store shows this year. Northern Liberties’ Creep Records is treating RSD as a “grand re-opening” as they expand into a neighboring store in the Piazza at Schmidt’s (shoppers will be able to enter from a new door on the inside of the Piazza). They plan to mark their stock down ten percent and expect to have all the RSD-exclusive releases. Goddamnit, Ex Friends, Good Graces and Families will be playing their in-store show starting around 4 p.m. Continue reading →

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Dig into A Victim of Good Times’ Full Catastrophe

Photo by Kelly Aileen
Photo by Kelly Aileen

Local newcomers A Victim of Good Times released their debut album The Full Catastrophe last week and it’s a flashback to mid-’90s indie rock and a flash forward to something fresh. Citing the Pixies, Weezer, Nirvana, and Pavement among their influences it’s clear that the ’90s are the era of choice from which they draw significant inspiration. The record release show isn’t until May 9th at Newark’s Mojo Main, but you can catch them live at Wilmington’s Oddity Bar on April 18th and at Jupiter Records for Record Store Day on April 19th. Listen to “Evening Fires” below and get the album for free here.

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Watch two videos of AKA Music’s Record Store Day events, filmed by BITBY

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With so many performances and surprises happening all over the city last Saturday for Record Store Day, it was impossible to see every great moment.  Luckily, the Bands in the Backyard crew staked out a spot at AKA Music in Old City for the store’s showcase of local music by Heyward Howkins, Mikele Edwards, Bridge Underwater and Restorations.  Check out two videos BITBY filmed during the day featuring Bridge Underwater and Restorations below.

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Photo recap: Billy Bragg played the Keswick Theatre and Main Street Music for Record Store Day


Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg was a busy guy this past Saturday. He did an in-store performance at Main Street Music in Manayunk for Record Store Day, and played the Keswick Theatre in the evening. All photos by Chris Sikich; check out his website here.

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Happy Record Store Day! Let the vinyl spin and the music play!

Record Store Day Exclusive vinyl box set of Cream, Royal Albert Hall
Record Store Day Exclusive vinyl box set of Cream, Royal Albert Hall
Happy Record Store Day. Today, dozens of independent record stores around the area are celebrating music with in-store performances from musicians and special limited edition vinyl releases. Below are some highlights of stores around our area. You can go here to find a list of participating stores near you.

A.K.A. Music (Old City) – Teaming up with Philebrity, there will be live music from 1-5pm, featuring Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Bridge Underwater, Mikele Edwards. More information at the store’s Facebook event page.

Repo Records (South Street) – Local bands performing, giveaways of records, CDs, etc.

Long in the Tooth (Center City) – Show featuring local bands starting at 9pm, after closing. Also, if you are 21 or older, stop by during the day for other refreshing “give-aways.”

Main St. Music (Manayunk) – Bands performing all day – from noon to 6pm including: Billy Bragg at noon; Travel Lanes at 1:50, a signing with The Joy Formidable at 2:30, Shark Tape at 4 and Generationals at 5PM.

Hideaway Music (Chestnut Hill) – Lots of limited RSD releases available, special screening of “Last Shop Standing” at 12 noon, and rare 45 records being spun all day by local record enthusiast Thomas Browne.

Siren Records (Doylestown) – Plow United perform at 5pm, Peasant at 4pm, plenty of RSD releases. More information at the Facebook event page.

Gold Million Records (Bryn Mawr) – Meet and greet with Frank Zappa’s album cover artist, Cal Schenkel.

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Who’s selling what, who’s appearing where on Record Store Day (coming this Saturday 4/20)

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It’s almost Record Store Day again, which means there are a lot of cool things planned at most of the area’s record stores. Participating stores will have a lot of exclusive RSD releases, but some shops are going out of their way to make this day special, with in-store performances and discounts on in-stock or used records. Here is a look at some of the events that will be happening around Philly this Record Store Day, on April 20, 2013:

A.K.A. Music (Old City) – Live music from 1-5pm, featuring Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Bridge Underwater, Mikele Edwards. Sponsored by Naragansett. More information at the store’s Facebook event page.

Repo Records (South Street) – Local bands performing, give-aways of records, CDs, etc. Also grab a voucher for $1.50 off all drafts at Fountain Porter, valid on Saturday and Sunday.

Long in the Tooth (Center City) – Show featuring local bands starting at 9pm, after closing. Also, if you are 21 or older, stop by during the day for other refreshing “give-aways.”

Main St. Music (Manayunk) – Bands performing all day – from noon to 6pm – featuring Billy Bragg at noon, Shark Tape at around 2pm, and more TBA.

Hideaway Music (Chestnut Hill) – Lots of limited RSD releases available, special screening of “Last Shop Standing” at 12 noon, and rare 45 records being spun all day by local record enthusiast Thomas Browne.

Siren Records (Doylestown) – Plow United perform at 5pm, Peasant at 4pm, plenty of RSD releases. More information at the Facebook event page.

Sit and Spin Records (South Philly) – All kinds of sales on used vinyl, as well as shirt and tote bag giveaways with purchases of $50 and $100, respectively.

Gold Million Records (Bryn Mawr) – Meet and greet with Frank Zappa’s album cover artist, Cal Schenkel.

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Awesome Record Store Day event alert: Philebrity and AKA Music present Restorations, Bridge Underwater, Heyward Howkins and Mikele Edwards on Saturday, April 20

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20th. Started in 2007, RSD brings together independent brick and mortar record stores and musicians to celebrate music and to offer some amazing special releases. Locally, many stores are participating, including A.K.A. Music, who are teaming up with Philebrity, for an event from 1PM-5PM featuring performances from Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Mikele Edwards, and Bridge Underwater. Below, sample some of the goods, including a free download of a “Kind Of Comfort” by Restorations, which we offered as part of our recent Unlocked series on the band. Go here for a list of participating stores in your area.

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Stream a new track from Free Energy (playing North Star Bar on 5/4)

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Local feel-good dance rockers Free Energy have premiered a new track called “Wild Life” on their Soundcloud.  The hooky, guitar and piano driven song comes as a b-side to Love Sign single “Girls Want Rock“; 500 copies will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 20th).  XPN welcomes Free Energy to North Star Bar with Deap Vally on May 4th.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Free Energy will also take part in WXPN’s Non-COMMvention at World Cafe Live the following week.  Stream “Wild Life” below and get more information about Record Store Day here.