The annual celebration of independent record stores across the country is upon us once again.
Record Store Day, first conceived in 2007 and more popular than ever, happens Saturday, April 21. In Brooklyn, a number of stores are “officially” participating, including Rough Trade, Halcyon, Norman’s Sound and Vision and Earwax in Williamsburg; Captured Tracks and Academy Records Annex in Greenpoint; Fifth Avenue Record Shop in Park Slope; and Vinyl Fantasy and Superior Elevation in Bushwick.
Other stores will most likely have special Record Store Day releases, so it’s worth placing a call to see what each store will have available.
But Record Store Day is not, of course, just about records. Many stores will also have events, including Rough Trade, where bands will play in the venue attached to the store (keep an eye on their Twitter for lineup info), while Superior Elevation will celebrate their third anniversary in Brooklyn with a lineup of DJ sets from John Gomez, Bamboozle, Willie Burns and Max Pask.
Don’t expect every store to participate: There has been a lot of criticism the last few years over the value of Record Store Day and who ultimately profits.
The full list of special releases can be found here. Long lines will begin convening early in the morning, especially around the larger stores. So if you’re eager to pick something up, you might want to grab a coffee and head down to your favorite record store before the sun rises.
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