Record Store Day Celebrates Everything Vinyl

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If you think the only way to really enjoy listening to an Ambrosia or Lynyrd Skynyrd album is on vinyl . . . if you think CDs sound too digital and an mp3 is just a badly-sampled CD . . . then the day you live to celebrate is coming up this weekend.

There’s something about the interaction between man and machine that makes a turntable special. Even the hiss and occasional scratch or skip is a small price to pay for what arguably is a warmer sound.

Record Store Day will be here on Saturday, April 22. Michael Kurtz created Record Store Day 10 years ago, with Metallica appearing at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, California. Another 80 stores joined in that first year.

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Now, Record Store Day counts some 3,000 independent record stores among those celebrating all things vinyl. The event is credited with helping create awareness of records and more importantly, sales. After years of decline, vinyl sales are now climbing.

In St. Louis County, a great place to shop for records and enjoy Record Store Day is Euclid Records at 19 N. Gore in Webster Groves. There’s an impressive line-up of live music at Euclid on April 22, including School of Rock Kirkwood at 1:30 p.m., Sleepy Kitty at 4 p.m. and the Bottle Rockets at 7 p.m.

Over at Planet Score Records on 7421 Manchester in Maplewood, you can get vinyl and fried fish, chips, hush puppies and free beer. The good times begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 9 p.m.

And in University City at Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Blvd.), if you don’t mind standing in line for a few hours, you’ll have a chance to see a free concert by Pokey LaFarge at noon.