By Mike Sembos
2:45 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Record Store Day began in 2007 as a way for the independent record store community to have a holiday of sorts to rally around, a focal point for the year. Since then it has fallen annually on the third Saturday of April and grown steadily. Special vinyl and CD releases are made available for one day only. In-store performances are held. There are cook-outs and DJs, contests and meet and greets — and since most every shop is independently owned, each puts its own hyper-local spin on it.
"We are really looking forward to the Flaming Lips Zaireeka LP release and getting the requisite turntables set up to give it the old four-way spin," says Rich Martin, owner of The Telegraph in New London, referring to the Lips' famous play-four-records-at-once creation. "We've got live music all day long from the likes of Sam Perduta (Elison Jackson), Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Goodnight Blue Moon, Isaac Young, Sidewalk Dave, Horns of Ormus and more."
In Martin's opinion, the record business is more or less stable again.
"It's consolidating," he says. "Vinyl is growing like gangbusters and CDs are diminishing. A new collector class is rising from the ashes and this is the core of the new business. There's a great opportunity for bands and small labels to get their leg up on the system after a decade or more of major label BS."
At Redscroll Records in Wallingford, owners Josh Carlson and Rick Sinkiewicz are simultaneously celebrating their 6th anniversary in business. Food trucks including Hardcore Sweets (cupcakes) and G-Monkey Mobile (vegan food) will be parked outside on the big day to keep vinyl shoppers well fed.
"We'll have a full list of everything we've got available on our website on Friday April 19th so folks can look for themselves," they say. So far there are about 400 limited releases they'll be offering.
"On a normal day there is definitely the chance that someone from out of state will drive just to shop at our store," they say. "On Record Store Day it's a given there will be many driving in from all directions. It's a great day full of many friendly faces."
Many shops in the state may be participating in the festivities to some degree, and everyone is encouraged to check with their favorite spot for details, but the following locations are all the Record Store Day Pledged Stores (they have "agreed to act in the spirit of Record Store Day, and sell the commercial Record Store Day releases to their physical customers, on Record Store Day; not to gouge them, or hold product back to sell them online.") Visit recordstoreday.com for more information.
Exile on Main Street: 267 E Main, Branford. (203) 483-6228. exileonmain.com
Gerosa Records: 246 Federal Road Brookfield. (203) 775-7074. gerosarecords.com
Johnny's Records: 45 Tokeneke Road, Darien. (203) 655-0157. johnnysrecords.com
Redscroll Records: 24 North Colony Road, Wallingford. (203) 265-7013. redscrollrecords.com
Replay Records: 2586 Whitney Ave., Hamden. (203) 934-9999. replayrecordsct.com
Newbury Comics: The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, 194 Buckland Hills Drive, Manchester. (860) 648-2411. newburycomics.com
Mystic Disc: 10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic. (860) 536-1312
The Telegraph: 19 Golden St, New London. (860) 701-0506. telegraphnl.com
Tumbleweeds: 325 Main St., Niantic. (860) 739-9018. tumbleweedsmusic.com
Brass City Records: 489 Meadow St., Waterbury.(203) 574-7805. brasscityrecords.com
Willimantic Records: 744 Main St., Willimantic. (860) 450-7000. willimanticrecords.blogspot.com
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