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Apr 18, 2013
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Record Store Day is This Saturday, April 20


4/20 is obviously a good day to load up on some new music for obvious reasons (if you know what I mean). If this kind of weather keeps up until then you may have an even better excuse to spend some rainy-day money at your local record store day.

That’s because this Saturday, April 20, is Record Store Day, a musical day of celebration that has become so popular it has its own website. Here’s the site’s description of what Record Store Day is all about:

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 over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.


It’s obvious how hard these retailers have it in our modern-day, instant gratification world where people feel music should be free. Madison has lost its share of record store retailers over the last few years. Just like supporting the musicians themselves, we need to support these local music retailers. Stores that are participating include B-Side Records, Madcity Music Xchange, Strictly Discs and Sugar Shack Records.

For a look at the participating stores and the various events go here.

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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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