Once again, it’s time for Record Store Day, when more than 700 independently owned U.S. record stores and 100 international stores celebrate music by offering exclusive tunes not available in chain stores. It falls on Saturday, April 16, and several local stores will transform their parking lots into mini music festivals, with bands playing all day long.
Graywhale co-owner Dustin Hansen says Record Store Day brings an awareness that record stores still exist. “A few years back, everyone talked about the death of the record store and about how the industry would collapse,” he says. “That’s partially true across the country, but there are still a lot of independent, locally owned stores succeeding, making money, being happy and still providing product for people.”
Slowtrain Records owner Anna Brozek is grateful the store has been able to keep its doors open for the past 4 1/2 years. She hopes to see a lot of faces, old and new, hanging out on Record Store Day. “Even if you are broke and don’t have money to spend,” she says, “just come and hang out and remember why record stores are important to local communities.”
For a complete list of Record Store Day-related limited releases, check out RecordStoreDay.com or visit one of these local independent record stores:
Slowtrain Records, 221 E. Broadway, 801-364-2611
Slowtrain will be selling more than 300 exclusive releases. For customers who arrive early, Slowtrain will serve Nobrow coffee. At 10 a.m., Brenda from Boobiliboo will provide children’s entertainment. Then, bands including American Shakes, Plastic Furs and more will entertain the crowd on the main stage in the parking lot. Slowtrain will serve beer from Bohemian Brewery and will have booths set up with crafters from Craft Lake City.
11 a.m. Birthquake
1 p.m. Paul Jacobsen
2 p.m. American Shakes
3 p.m. Ryan Tanner
4 p.m. Plastic Furs
5 p.m. Jay William Henderson
6 p.m. Desert Noises
7 p.m. Joshua James
Graywhale, multiple locations, FatFin.com
For Record Store Day, Graywhale is offering discounts on toys and apparel, and all new and used CDs and vinyl will be 25 percent off. The KRCL showcase featuring Hot Water Buffalo, Bronco and others, will be held at the U of U location. There’s also the SLUG magazine Metal Showcase in Ogden, the Utah County Locals Showcase at the Provo location and the 97.5 The Blaze Rock Showcase in Taylorsville.
U of U, 208 S. 1300 East, 801-583-3333
Holy Water Buffalo
Joshua Payne Orchestra
Heavy Metal Shop, 63 Exchange Place (375 South), 801-467-7071
The store will open at 11 a.m. and will offer exclusive releases by Justin Townes Earle, New York Dolls, Machine Head and Flaming Lips, among others.
Randy's Record Shop, 157 E. 900 South,
Randy’s record store will open at 9:30 a.m., with giveaways to the first 10 customers. Randy’s collection of used vinyl will be 10 percent off. The store will also hold a special raffle to give away three gift certificates to the store.
Uprok, 4th Street Music, 370 S. State, 801-531-8181
4th Street Music will open at 11 a.m. and live bands will play from 1 p.m.-10 p.m., including Youth in Eyes, Daniel Day Trio and Dumb Luck. They’ll kick off the day with a barbecue in the parking lot, and offer 10 percent off all vinyl, including RSD exclusive releases, and 20 percent to 50 percent off CDs.
1 p.m. Youth in Eyes
2 p.m. Abacus 81 and DJ Goobers
3 p.m. Dumb Luck
4 p.m. Daniel Day Trio
6 p.m. Dusk One
7 p.m. Sam Eye Am
8 p.m. Mark Dago and DJ Shanty
9 p.m. Native Son with Live Band