Conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees, Record Store Day (the third Saturday of April) is a day of celebration and a way for the over 700 independently owned record stores in the US alone (and thousands internationally) to spread the word about their unique culture. It's also typically the day that most independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Often, special vinyl, CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, with hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe making special appearances and performances.
This Saturday, The Parlor Room, Northampton's "listening room" venue in the front of Signature Sounds will celebrate Record Store Day from 12 noon to 4 PM with an afternoon of free live music featuring Winterpills, Erin McKeown, Ray Mason, Jeffrey Foucault & Cold Satellite, Poor Old Shine, And The Kids, and The Dire Honeys. Signature Sounds promises to have incredible deals on all of their CD's, vinyl and T-shirts, as well as free gifts and refreshments, plus raffle prizes.
Line up schedule:
12:30 And The Kids
1:00 Ray Mason
1:30 The Dire Honeys
2:30 Poor Old Shine
3:00 Erin McKeown
3:30 Jeffrey Foucault & Cold Satellite
Independently owned records stores used to be as plentiful as psychotherapy practices in Northampton, but times have changed. Here are a few recommended record stores in Western Massachusetts: Platterpus, Too, Feeding Tube Records and Turn It Up!
Northampton-based band, Speedy Ortiz, are to set to release a new 7" single, "Ka-Prow," April 30 on the Inflated Records label. Their sound is squarely Matador Records circa 1995, lots of loud/quiet/loud moments. Perfect way to celebrate Record Store Day is by pre-ordering the single now. They just might be the next big thing to come out of the Valley since . . . (insert "next-big-band" name here).