Record Store Day: LA Picks

Record Store Day - April 16, 2011While the United States Post Office has yet to commemorate Record Store Day with a stamp and officially make it a holiday, tomorrow will mark the fourth year that music fans from all over the world gather to show their appreciation for independent records stores. In hopes of never having to live in a world where a music fan cannot go into a store and physically spend hours sorting through records or get music recommendations from a knowledgeable record store employee, the third Saturday of April is reserved for these amazing entities that fight through hard economic times and continue to serve their local music communities.

Every year stores join the festivities by offering discounted prices and/or hosting live performances. Likewise, artists celebrate by releasing merchandise that is exclusive to Record Store Day, such as, previously out-of-print vinyl records, special-edition t-shirts, compilations of unreleased material, and the list goes on. While the focus is on the stores themselves, and not vinyl records, it is obvious that vinyl records are incorporated greatly into the culture.

With so many events planned in big cities like Los Angeles, it is hard to make it out to all the Record Store Day festivities. Keep reading after the cut for my top five LA picks, as well, as a message from Ozzy Osbourne, who is this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador. If you don’t live in LA, head over to the official Record Store Day website and search for events going on in your neighborhood. You can also view the list of exclusive Record Store Day releases here.

Record Store Day may officially only take place once a year, but it is important to note that most of the record stores host live music and bargain prices on a regular basis. So feel free to spread the holiday spirit throughout the year!

Happy Record Store Day to you all!

Top Five LA picks for Record Store Day

Record Surplus: 11609 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

Weekend blowout sale
Starting today through Sunday, buy any three items from The Attic* and get them for a total of $0.90.
Everything in the $0.90 CD section will be $0.23 each.
Get 20 percent off entire purchase.
*The Attic is a section of the store where on a regular day, items are priced $0.92 and lower.

Origami Vinyl: 1816 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park.

List of Record Store Day releases that the shop will carry.
Schedule of events
10 a.m. Shop opens
2 p.m. Secret guest UPDATED: Dengue Fever
8 p.m. The Growlers

Amoeba Records: 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Schedule of events
10:30 a.m. Shop opens
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live silk-screening of exclusive Record Store Day t-shirts from Family Industries and Anti- and Epitaph Records. Get one by making a $5-10 donation to Doctors Without Borders.
12 p.m. Evidence signing
2 p.m. Henry Rollins DJ set and signing
2 p.m. Pre-order of the Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and receive a free pair of tickets to the theatrical screening of their new long-form video.
4 p.m. Fucked Up DJ set and signing

Backside: 139 North San Fernando Blvd., Burbank.

Schedule of events (check out flyer here)
9-11 a.m. A/C Unit – DJ Ladyjunk & Schpilkas
11-11:30 a.m. Lauryn Story
12-2 p.m. DJ C-Minus
3-4 p.m. Killmatriach performance and DJ set
5-5:30 p.m. Jamie Allensworth
6-6:30 p.m. The Pharmacy Keys
7-7:30 p.m. Non Ultrua Joy
8-8:30 p.m. Rhythm Natives
9-11 p.m. DJ JoJo Baghdasarian
+Giveaways courtesy of Kanine Records and Polyvinyl Records
+Screening of Pitchfork Presents: Deerhunter 3D sessions

Vacation Vinyl: 3815 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake.

List of Record Store Day releases that the shop will carry.
Schedule of events
10 a.m.-12 p.m. DJ Eyad
12-3 p.m. Matthewdavid
3-3:30 p.m. One AM Radio listening party
3:30-5 p.m. M.Geddes Gengras
7-9 p.m. Amanda Brown

A message from Ozzy

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