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Celebrate Record Store Day with some new (local) vinyl

April 7, 2011

It’s nearly time for the 4th annual Record Store Day (happening this year on April 16), which was conceived in 2007 to celebrate the art of music and honor the more than 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S.  and hundreds more across the globe.  This is a day to celebrate the resistance of the locally owned business against the national behemoth. And of course, your favorite Memphis record stores will be joining in the celebration with live shows, special releases and exclusive deals.

Goner Records is offering 10 percent off everything in the store and free music by The Manatees and The Limes from 2:30 – 5 p.m. If that’s not enough to get you in, they’ve got tons of limited RSD vinyl releases and their own special Ty Segall limited 12″ EP on clear vinyl.  That’s “Ty-Rex” on clear vinyl with limited availability, which means you better be first in line to get it.  They’re opening early at 11 a.m., so hurry to beat the crowds.

Just across midtown, Shangri-La Records will host its own celebration with a free show by Memphis bands Good Luck Dark Star and Wuvbirds.  The music starts at 6 p.m. but exclusive deals will go on all day.  If all this doesn’t convince you, consider what your favorite artists have planned for Record Store Day.  The Flaming Lips will release a box-set collection of their Warner Brothers albums. The Rolling Stones have a limited 7″ of “Brown Sugar” coming out, and Phish is marking the day with their first-ever live vinyl release, titled Two Soundchecks.

And of course, don’t forget that at the top of Stereogum’s recent list of most interesting Record Store Day releases for 2011 sits our very own Big Star with the release of Third (Test Pressing Edition). One in every 300 copies will contain actual test pressings from the ’70s. Yes. Seriously.

Recap: support local music businesses, get some awesome deals on special edition records and hear great Memphis music.  We’ll see you there.

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