BY CELIA ALMEIDA
For music lovers in Gainesville, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. This Saturday, April 21st, is Record Store Day.
Record Store Day began in April 2007 and was designed as a day to encourage music consumers to support their local record stores in the era of digital music, when independent, locally owned record stores have become increasingly rare.
The movement gained rapid support from artists all over the music world, with artists often contributing exclusive and limited releases for the annual event.
Gainesville record stores joining in the celebration include the Wayward Council, Tonevendor and downtown record store Hear Again Music and Movies, which is opening early on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. They have released the list of the records that they will be carrying on their Facebook page, and the list includes titles from artists ranging from Iggy & the Stooges to Odd Future to Florence and the Machine and Foster the People.
Artists have taken advantage of Record Store Day to reissue classic albums and singles. Some of this year’s reissues include the 25th Anniversary reissue of Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” Patti Smith’s “Horses,” and Uncle Tupelo’s first three albums.
The Flaming Lips have been known to go above and beyond in every sense of their artistry, and they always offer some of the most sought-after Record Store Day LP’s. This year they teamed up with artists as diverse as Bon Iver, Chris Martin, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, and even Ke$ha for their release “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends”.
It is an event that takes place but once a year, and it is an opportunity to pick up very rare finds by some of your favorite artists. In some cases only a few hundred copies of a release are pressed.
Record Store Day is a celebration not only of the music that is found in these mom-and-pop shops, but of the people that work there, as well as the fans that consume the music and keep the stores alive. The festivities go on all day and are a must for anyone that appreciates the value of independent record stores and music at large.
Go out and support on Saturday and continue all year ’round!