National Record Store Day rocks the house

Corey Chisel gives an acoustic performance in the store. (Peter Lindblad)
Corey Chisel gives an acoustic performance in the store. (Peter Lindblad)
We asked our e-newsletter and Web forum readers to tell us about their National Record Store Day experiences from April 18 — here are some of their responses:

    What a wonderful concept and excuse for me to head out my favorite record store last weekend. There are a still a few good places left in New Jersey, but they are disappearing little by little. I chose Vintage Vinyl in Fords, N.J., where, as part of their promotion, they had in-store live performances most of the day — most notably Willie Nile in the late afternoon.

I took advantage of the specials, including the Springsteen 7″ single of “What Love Can Do”/“A Night With The Jersey Devil” and a red-vinyl 7″ by The Pretenders of “Break Up The Concrete”/“Love’s A Mystery” (live broadcast). A nice bonus was a numbered-edition lithograph of The Beatles’ American Flag photo which was free with the purchase of any Beatles item. I chose a Japanese import of their “Greatest” for $15, a nice addition to my collection. To top it off I grabbed the new Neil Young CD/DVD Fork In The Road and was given a nice bag of half a dozen free samplers, a Record Store Day mouse pad and some iron-ons. I drove home with a big smile on my face.

I hope this day becomes a tradition. I’m sure it was a boost for business (the store was more crowded than usual, even for a Saturday) and I had a good feeling that it was happening all over the country. A really great idea!

— Chuck Bobrowski, Clifton, N.J.
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I went to Amoeba Records in Hollywood by bus. The trip took over an hour each way, but I thought to take one car off the road was worth it. They had plenty of one-day-only vinyl singles and guest DJ’s. The only guests I saw while I was there was Wendy & Lisa. It was great to see the store packed with people the entire time.

— Roy Ricks
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I did what I do most Saturdays and that was thumping thru bins at a record store, looking for great music to be enjoyed as it was intended in a physical medium, be it a CD or on vinyl. To find something to hold in your hands and be able to look at great art work, to read and learn from liner notes, to interact with and then place into a miracle machine an item that will fill a room with music is still the way it should be done.

I have lived in the LA area for 8 years now and have seen the demise of too many record stores. From A(Aarons) to R(Rhino) they have fallen but fortunately a few still remain. I started at my current favorite store Rockaway, then headed to Freakbeat and finished the day at Amoeba. Three very different but classic examples of truly independent record stores the kinds I have been going to since the ’60s. I would have not stopped at just those three stores but the day was gone, but fortunately knowing there is always next weekend!

I want to leave the Goldmine readers with this, please remind everyone you know that everyday is a Record Store Day!

— RBG 

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