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Record Store Day Set To Spin

The Phoenix Metro April 18

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The Worldwide Celebration Of All Things Vinyl Led By This Year’s Ambassador, Dave Grohl, Will Be Bigger And Louder In 2015, As Locations Across The State Will Welcome Audiophiles And Music Lovers Alike

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

April 7, 2015 — As record stores in the United States and throughout the world continue to fall by the wayside in favor of online streaming providers and digital music stores, there are still many a loyal consumers and industry professionals who love to go to their local independent record store and pick up a physical copy of a song or album.

For such people, Record Store Day just might be a dream come true.

The event takes place on the third Saturday of every April, which falls on April 18 in 2015. Record Store Day bills itself as the music industry’s biggest holiday and is celebrated worldwide.

“I've always loved of the tangible element of music. Ever since I started buying music as a kid, part of the thrill of it was opening the plastic wrap, taking the CD out of its case, plopping it in the boombox, flipping through the liner notes, looking at the album art and just laying in my room absorbing the music,” said local music enthusiast Jason Shoff, who will be participating in the event this year.

“It proves that music as a physical, tangible art form is not dead. I just hope that I have enough money to get everything I want,” Shoff said.

In Arizona, many Independent record stores across the state will be participating including all Valley Zia Records locations, Revolver Records, Stinkweeds, Tracks In Wax Records, Asylum Records and more.

Record Store Day aims to help support the independent record stores that are still out there. Aside from just encouraging music lovers to go buy something though, many artists and various members of the industry collaborate in order to have a lot of exclusive items that can only be purchased in record stores on that day.

This year’s exclusives include a vinyl release of “Protect Ya Neck” by Wu-Tang Clan, several very limited releases from Jeff Beck and a re-release of The Whites Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan,” as an LP.

“I like the deals a lot, and the exclusive releases. Tegan and Sara are releasing a vinyl that they actually recorded in a Phoenix Zia Records,” said Chelsey Louise of Fairy Bones, who will performing at Zia Records this year on Record Store Day for the first time. “Record Store Day is a way to celebrate the weird and unique people, owners, employees, culture, and music of record stores worldwide. We like the concept of exclusivity on Record Store Day, so we're gonna bring that same idea to our performance this year and make it one-of-a-kind.”

Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes, was chosen as ambassador by the organization for the event last year and this year that honor has been bestowed upon Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl.

“I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial,” Grohl said in a statement after being appointed this year’s ambassador.

Record Store Day was founded in 2007, with the first event taking place in 2008, after an employee of Bull Moose Records had the idea that something similar to Free Comic Book Day could be done with music in record stores. The idea was talked about at record store owners meeting in Baltimore and shortly after it was officially founded.

“Record Store Day is a day to show all fans of music that true interest and artistry can co-exist with retail and still have a personal touch,” said Zak Frankel of Zia Records.

Record Store Day will be taking place worldwide on April 18. For more information, participating locations and a full list of releases for this years event, visit the events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RecordStoreDay?fref=ts or the organizations website at http://www.recordstoreday.com/.

Ryan Scott is a contributor to Modern Times Magazine. He lives in Mesa.
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