If music nerds had their own holiday, Record Store Day, which this year falls on April 19, would surely be it. This annual holiday has been spreading across the United States and the world over since 2007, and Saint Louis has definitely been caught in its record store fever. As music releases turn more digital, Record Store Day stands as a testament to audiophiles who still buy physical releases, CDs and vinyl alike.
Record Store Day is also a day to celebrate independently owned music shops, of which Saint Louis is home to several. A visit to Vintage Vinyl is a practical rite of passage for local musicians and music lovers. Shops become hot spots for new releases from artists who make their new tracks Record Store Day exclusives or the chance to put on a rare live show.
Saint Louis is a heavily musical town. It should be no surprise that Record Store Day gets the city's shops moving and grooving in ways they never do the rest of the year. Several areas in the city have events planned for the yearly event, as do many local artists who use the day for publicity means.
Vintage Vinyl will be hosting their own Record Store Day events as they do every year. This year, the shop in the Loop will have a spring sidewalk sale for thrifty visitors. They will also most likely have local musicians stop by to perform, as it has had in the past. It will also be a good place to find any Record Store Day exclusive releases for purchase.
Over at Euclid Records, the Webster Groves based shop will also be celebrating this year's Record Store Day in style. They will actually expand the day into a weekend event, covering Friday and Saturday. The event page for Euclid Records promises live music, exclusive music releases, and free beer, which is an undeniable combination.
Not to be left out, CD Warehouse St. Louis is another local shop that will be taking part in this holiday. They will have a lot of their music selection on sale, as well as free concert tickets available for patrons. Several bands will come in to play live music, including Fivefold and Nothing Set In Stone.
Local Saint Louis musicians often use Record Store Day as a new release day, and 2014 will not be any different. For example, rock duo Bruiser Queen is set to drop a new 7" record alongside The Turn It Offs, featuring two exclusive demo songs from the group that will be heard on their upcoming LP. They will also be performing at Apop Records on Cherokee Street later that day.
What record shops will you be visiting this Saturday?