Record Store Day

(4.16) Saturday’s weather looks perfect for a vinyl crawl. Why not hit all the local shops selling new and used records. My pals the Daltrys own What Cheer Records & Vintage at 180 Angell Street and it’s always something of a party there, including live in-store music performances. This year it’s the Quahogs, Everett Bros. Moving company, and Cowboy & Lady. What Cheer will be open 10am till 8pm.

Record store owners send in a wish list to the national Record Store Day people of which albums they would like to get, but that is not necessarily what they end up with. (I’ll bet Mr. Daltry asked for that Feelies album.) Go here for this year’s list of special RSD releases. I see lots of variety: James Brown, the Monkees, Bowie (natch), a Star Wars soundtrack, the Thermals, Twenty One Pilots, a Silly Symphony collection, Violent Femmes, Wendy O. Williams, 13th Floor Elevators, BeeGees, Anthrax, Best Coast . . . more.

Where did Record Store Day come from?

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008.

Other record stores in Providence include:

Armageddon Records, 436 Broadway

Olympic Records, 580 Wickenden Street

Round Again Records, 278 Wickenden Street

(I believe the red vinyl seen here is by local artists Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes.)

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