Want a treat? Buy a record

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

If you are still suffering from the post-winter blues, or simply need an excuse for a treat, Saturday is Record Store Day, and local stores and music labels will have limited-edition releases and special deals to bring out music lovers.

All Day Records in Carrboro will have discounts on records, and a sidewalk sale of stereo equipment, said Jeremy Harris. Ryan Richardson of CD Alley in Chapel Hill said labels across the country have produced some 300 special releases for the annual event, and CD Alley has ordered about 180 of them. “It’s amazing how much stuff there is,” he said.
The first Record Store Day was held in 2008 in San Francisco, and since then has spread internationally. Observed the third Saturday in April, the event is held at brick-and-mortar music stores, and celebrates the culture of the record store – 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl records, CDs, and related liner notes, posters and art.
As in years past, local store owners are gearing up for crowds and long lines. Offbeat Music in Durham will open at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, to accommodate music buyers, said store owner Patrick McKenna. He has noticed more special releases this year, and the popularity of Record Store Day is growing. “It seems each year there’s a little longer line out there,” McKenna said.
Harris of All Day Records said the annual event has been “wildly successful” for the store. “By a large margin we outsell every other day of the year. It’s been a boon for everyone,” he said. CD Alley has participated in the event every year, and business is always good.  “I know people will turn out in numbers,” Richardson said. “I know [the special releases] will get snapped up. It’s our busiest day of the year.”
Local music labels are taking advantage of Record Store Day. Merge Records will celebrate Record Store Day 2014 with reissues of two EPs from the Durham label’s back catalog, Breadwinner’s “Burner” and Spoon’s “Love Ways.” Each reissue will be pressed on 12-inch vinyl for the first time ever.
Hillsborough-based Yep Roc Records also plans releases to mark Record Store Day. The label will be releasing five limited edition pieces. The releases include a five-LP box set from the Minus Five titled “Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror,” a split 7-inch from the Autumn Defense and Josh Rouse that includes covers of Bob Welch’s “Sentimental Lady” and Lindsey Buckingham’s “Trouble,” “Ovid in Exile” by Wesley Stace, a 7-inch from Southern Culture on the Skids with Fred Schneider from the B-52s titled “Party at My Trouse,” and “Songs from Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.” 

Here is a list of local participating stores:
All Day Records, 112-A E. Main St., Carrboro
CD Alley, 405-C W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Bull City Records, 2600 Hillsborough Road, Durham
Hunky Dory, 718 Ninth St., Durham
Offbeat Music, 905 W. Main St., Brightleaf Square, Durham


For information, visit www.recordstoreday.com