The importance that small, non-corporate record stores have had on music is immeasurable.
Sadly, buying music on a tangible format from these shops is becoming increasingly obsolete in a world of iTunes downloads — which is why supporting our local independent record stores is more important than ever.
A national recognition day, Record Store Day (which takes place Saturday, April 17) was created back in 2007 in hopes of boosting awareness of the remaining 700 indie shops in the United States.
Participating stores will receive Record Store Day exclusive vinyl and CD releases, as well as various promotional products, made exclusively for the event.
Last year The Jesus Lizard, Bruce Springsteen, the MC5, Depeche Mode and Sonic Youth (to name only a few) released exclusive 7-inch records in support of the day.
This year features a new batch of exclusive, collectible vinyl from Wilco, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Them Crooked Vultures, Soundgarden, TV On The Radio, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Coheed & Cambria, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, The Doors, Sex Pistols, Weezer, The Black Keys and more.
Vinyl aside, Lansing stores will also host local bands for daytime in-store appearances.
The Record Lounge has booked a free outdoor show. Set to perform are Life Size Ghost, John Vasquez and The Bearinger Boys, Jason Alarm, Boleyn and Feel Good Violence.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Flat Black & Circular will host live performances from local artists, including sets from the psych-punk band The People’s Temple and songwriter Veloura Caywood.
For more information, visit the official site at www. recordstoreday.com
Flat, Black & Circular
541 E. Grand River Ave. East Lansing (517) 351-0838
The Record Lounge
503 E Grand River Ave East Lansing (517) 333-7055
Uncle Sam’s Record Emporium
E. Grand River Ave. Lansing (517) 999-3440
Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Centre Blvd. Lansing (517) 316-7495