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    This coming Saturday is "Record Store Day".

    Be sure get out there and support your favorite indie record store, most of which should be running special sales for the event. I plan to stop by Main Street Music in Manayunk on Friday (their sale runs from Friday to Sunday and I'll be on my way home from Atlantic City, so it's on the way) to take advantage of their offer of 15% off all new and 20% off all used cds, vinyl, and dvds. That sale isn't open to everyone. I'm on their e-mail list and the instructions say that I need to print the e-mail and to present it for the discount, so I guess you have to be on their e-mail list to get the discount. Whatever works.
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    Record store day...sez who?

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    Sez ME!

    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    Record store day...sez who?
    Hundreds of U.S. independent record stores will join together on April 19th for a joint promotion dubbed Record Store Day. Members of The Coalition of Independent Music Stores, The Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Newbury Comics, the Value Music Concept stores and The Music Monitor Network as well as other independent music stores will participate.

    Record_store_day_2 "On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally."

    Music, video and gaming will all take center stage with each store doing something different to celebrate including sales, in store performances, demonstrations, swap meets or an "afternoon at a record store" promotion, as well as, provide info on new formats and releases. The goal is to showcase everything that makes an indie store unique.

    Representatives will be doing meetings with sponsors at SXSW and a special web site has been set up at RecordStoreDay.com.
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    The weather is supposed to be halfway decent this Saturday (finally), so it might be a good opportunity to indulge in two of my favorite activities... going for a long walk, and buying ceedees.

    The next town over from us (just a few miles up the river path), the charming village of Geneva IL, has a great indie record store right in the heart of the downtown area. Good size used section, so that's always worth exploring.

    And it's only one block away from the fabulous Old Towne Saloon, so I can grab a pint and some great wings and watch the Cubs when I'm finished. Sounds like a pretty good day, if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    The weather is supposed to be halfway decent this Saturday (finally), so it might be a good opportunity to indulge in two of my favorite activities... going for a long walk, and buying ceedees.

    The next town over from us (just a few miles up the river path), the charming village of Geneva IL, has a great indie record store right in the heart of the downtown area. Good size used section, so that's always worth exploring.

    And it's only one block away from the fabulous Old Towne Saloon, so I can grab a pint and some great wings and watch the Cubs when I'm finished. Sounds like a pretty good day, if you ask me.
    Does sound like a good day, except for watching the Cubbies. Go PHILLIES
    Just kidding. I've been waiting for some good weather. Friday and Saturday sound like a couple of beauties. Here's to new vinyl, good brew, and sunshine.

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    I was about to ask why you'd bother to visit a record store anymore. I do understand the merits of a cultural experience with wings and beer and sports. I don't think that's going to be enough to save the stores though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevio
    I was about to ask why you'd bother to visit a record store anymore. I do understand the merits of a cultural experience with wings and beer and sports. I don't think that's going to be enough to save the stores though.
    I get what you're saying, but I do like the instant gratification of being able to buy a CD and listen to it within the same day. The local record store near me, Everyday Music, has many of the titles discussed here for the last year or so - its a dollar or two over the price of the same CD at Best Buy, and three or four dollars over the price of a CD online, but with most online purchases, you have shipping/handling costs, so it evens out. Plus, this store sells and buys used CDs, so its possible to find something you want for cheap, as well as unload something you're unhappy with, or you can do what Troy once called, "a Stalinistic purge" of your CD collection in one fell swoop.

    There's also lots and lots of vinyl in this store, many new releases, and its fun to see a full size representation of a CD cover, even if I don't partake of vinyl. And there's also the weirdos that seem to always hover around these little indie stores...maybe its the insence.

    I buy more music online, than I do in actual stores, but it will be a sad day when a store like Everday Music no longer exists. I would work there for free (they said no thanks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    Be sure get out there and support your favorite indie record store, most of which should be running special sales for the event.
    You mean support it more than I already am? Not possible!

    I had an amazing experience at my LRS (Local Record Store) yesterday. I had mentioned a week ago that I wanted to check out the new release by Easy Star All Stars, they're covering Sgt. Pepper, doing it reggae-style. The clerk said that he could probably get it, and sure enough, it had come in, & he recognized me and said "hey, that disc you wanted is in!"

    I don't know what's more amazing, the fact that they ordered something and it came in, or that the clerk actually talked to me!


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    How is this? I loved their DSOTM, but was totally bored by the Radiohead one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    I get what you're saying, but I do like the instant gratification of being able to buy a CD and listen to it within the same day.
    Aren't music downloads the ultimate in instant gratification?

    In my opinion, record store vs. online is not about cost. It is about selection, helpful suggestions and the ability to audition before you buy. A good and well-staffed record store will score well on these points but so will a mediocre online store.

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    Dub Side Of The Moon

    I am prolly too burned out on DSoTM to enjoy any reworking. My first thought upon hearing this album for the first time was that it was well executed, and is prolly better than one might think, but ultimately, its just one more time that I've listened to this same album, only without the cool guitar soloing (they rap instead). I imagine that the Sgt Pepper redux will have the same effect on me. I have not heard the Radiodread one; maybe I should, since I haven't OD'd on OK Computer.

    Their versions of Us And Them and Any Colour You Like are pretty cool though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevio
    In my opinion, record store vs. online is not about cost. It is about selection, helpful suggestions and the ability to audition before you buy. A good and well-staffed record store will score well on these points but so will a mediocre online store.
    This store has a huge selection, and they allow for the sampling of all used titles, but also their promo copies as well. Most online stores offere 30 second samples with low bitrate playback. And by 'instant gratification', I mean I walks out the store with the CD in my grubby little hands, like RFN.

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    I still like going to a good store over ordering online/downloading.

    I don't get out enough as it is.

    I like trading stuff in, and I like having a physical object to own and maybe trade in again.

    And it's weird how the strangest things seem to jump into my hands at the used store. Shopping in a store is more random and spontaneous. Buying online feels very linear and boring. There's no people watching online either.

    Plus I like going for a slice of pizza after the store.

    The Easy All-Star version of "Us and Them" is better than the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    Plus I like going for a slice of pizza after the store.
    Funny, there's an old fashioned east-coast style pizzaria just a hundred feet from Everyday Music. I have a couple of slices and a beer (maybe two).

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    Here's the New Releases page from my local store:
    http://kissthesky.net/newrelease90407.html?299

    I'll probably pick up the new Doves.

    And while I'm at it, here's the site for the Old Towne Pub...
    http://www.oldtownepubeatery.com/

    I'll probably get the teriyaki-hot wings. They're awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy

    The Easy All-Star version of "Us and Them" is better than the original.
    Ain't that the truth?

    I was sick of DSotM eons ago, but I could listen to the Dub Side over & over.

    Not sure about the Sgt. Pepper, yet.

    You might be able to check out "I Get By W/ A Little Help From My Friends" by going to www.easystar.com/freedownloads and entering Y9DMPSY5G5. There's a card that came w/ the CD and that's what I had to enter to hear the DLs. Don't know if it will work for more than one entry. Let me know if it works.

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    That's quaint, but he ended the sentence with a preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    You mean support it more than I already am? Not possible!

    I had an amazing experience at my LRS (Local Record Store) yesterday. I had mentioned a week ago that I wanted to check out the new release by Easy Star All Stars, they're covering Sgt. Pepper, doing it reggae-style. The clerk said that he could probably get it, and sure enough, it had come in, & he recognized me and said "hey, that disc you wanted is in!"

    I don't know what's more amazing, the fact that they ordered something and it came in, or that the clerk actually talked to me!

    What a rube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    Record_store_day_2 "On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally."

    Music, video and gaming will all take center stage with each store doing something different to celebrate including sales, in store performances, demonstrations, swap meets or an "afternoon at a record store" promotion, as well as, provide info on new formats and releases. The goal is to showcase everything that makes an indie store unique.
    My fave store is doing the recodr store day thingy too...but they didn't like any of my suggestions

    Free hotdogs or doughnuts or popcorn

    mainstream pop icon dart board

    pin the tail on the music exec

    Garth Brooks look-a-like contest

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    The local record store near me, Everyday Music, has many of the titles discussed here for the last year or so).

    Is Cellophane Square still up your way? Back in they day Cellophane in U-district (Seattle) was my favorite place on earth. Many an hour that should have been spent studying/in class/sleeping was spent in that store. Last Christmas season I had the misfortune of being in Bel Square. At one point I was horrified to see I was standing outside a McDonalds where once a Cellophane Square lived. It was horrible.

    Alas, these days I have no local record stores. The one that remained within walkin distance of my office My checkbook appreciates it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teej
    Is Cellophane Square still up your way?
    where you at?


    The store is still there, its called Everyday Music. Its changed ownership and names a couple of times in the last 15 years. It was Cellophane Square up until the mid-90s. Same corner, right across the street from the bus depot.

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    Three record stores in town are doing things. I'm trying to decide if I should go to the record store with better bands, the one giving out free PBRs, or the one closest to my place...decisions, decisions, decisions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    Three record stores in town are doing things. I'm trying to decide if I should go to the record store with better bands, the one giving out free PBRs, or the one closest to my place...decisions, decisions, decisions...
    Let Frank from the movie Blue Velvet be your guide...

    Pabst. Blue. Ribbon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    where you at?


    The store is still there, its called Everyday Music. Its changed ownership and names a couple of times in the last 15 years. It was Cellophane Square up until the mid-90s. Same corner, right across the street from the bus depot.
    Wow...that warms my heart to know it still exists in some form or another. I only ever trekked to the Bellingham Cellophane once...probably 1986/87 or so. I was still in college at the UW at the time....my record hunting buddies piled into the car and we went off to new hunting grounds. It was a bust of a trip for me, as I recall I didn't come away with anything!

    I'm on Bainbridge now, back in the old RR days I was living in Kingston and I remember you were near Bellingham. Do you remember a radio station from Bellingham that billed itself as the "Independent Rock Station" with a morning crew of Dave, Deb and Doug? It was around 92.x or so on the FM dial and they played quite the variety of stuff. They introduced me to the Barenaked Ladies (before they had a hit in the States), Swamp Mama Johnson among others. They held out as long as they could before selling out to corporate and playing accountant-approved standards. I always wondered what happened to Dave, Deb and Doug.

    tj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    Let Frank from the movie Blue Velvet be your guide...

    Pabst. Blue. Ribbon!
    Yeah, but the other place has Jason Ringenberg playing a free show and I can damn well buy my own PBRs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teej
    Do you remember a radio station from Bellingham that billed itself as the "Independent Rock Station" with a morning crew of Dave, Deb and Doug? It was around 92.x or so on the FM dial and they played quite the variety of stuff. They introduced me to the Barenaked Ladies (before they had a hit in the States), Swamp Mama Johnson among others. They held out as long as they could before selling out to corporate and playing accountant-approved standards. I always wondered what happened to Dave, Deb and Doug.
    92.9 FM - KISM: They, ultimately, fell by the way side, against the tide of corporate driven playlists. For one brief, shining moment, a radio station existed to provide a comprehensive veiw of the musical landscape; to provide new listening oppportunities for new music, to expand the boundaries of what the average listener might consider as viable or even classic...and then they were no more. I met one of them once, who shared my wonder of music and its possibilities, who shared my yen to explore, but alas, the station of which you speak, while it exists today in name only, is now one of thousands of classic rock stations, who play the same playlist over and over and over again.

    Rest in peace 92.9 KISM Independant Rock, thou good and faithful servant.

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