Record Store Day 2015 is happening this Saturday April 18th. If you are not familiar with Record Store Day, it is a day set aside on the third Saturday of April every year to celebrate and bring attention to independent record stores all around the globe. Over 400 exclusive releases will be available for this year's Record Store Day, many of them in very limited quantities. Some of the most anticipated are releases from The White Stripes, Grateful Dead, Foo Fighters, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Decemberists, Metallica, David Bowie, Brand New, Father John Misty, Public Enemy, The Flaming Lips, The Kinks, Jeff Beck, The Dead Milkmen, Johnny Cash, Gov't Mule, The Lemonheads, Lydia Loveless, The Replacements and the list goes on and on. There will be something for everyone.
I will be working at Lost Weekend Records along with owner Kyle Siegrist for this year's Record Store Day and to quote Kyle "It's gonna be huge!". Lost Weekend Records will be open at 8am Saturday morning and we will be ready to get the music to the people. We will have tons of Record Store Day Exclusives including one that you will only find at Lost Weekend Records, the new Psychic Wheels 7" released on Lost Weekend Records own record label.
Besides all the great music that is being released for Record Store Day this year, Lost Weekend Records will have tons of other fun stuff going on including Sticky Fingers Food Truck, PromoWest Productions will have a tent in the parking lot with cool stuff and Alison Rose will be doing custom screen-printed shirts and record bags while you wait. The first 65 people in line at the store Saturday morning will receive a swag bag full of great stuff and we will also have a drawing you can enter to win some great prizes including a signed Blackberry Smoke LP, tickets to see Styx at The LC, weekend passes to Nelsonville Music Festival, a test pressing of Columbus Blood LP and more. Also there will be a big 4 day sale beginning on Friday April 17th, see the flyer below for all the details.
As an avid music lover and collector I consider myself lucky to live in a city that is so rich with record stores. At last count Columbus has upwards of 12 or 13 independent record stores and they all have something different to offer. Most of the stores will have special events going on for Record Store Day, so I would suggest making a day of it and hit as many as you can.
I started buying records at a very early age, I always spent my birthday money on Kiss and Cheap Trick records and not much has changed over the years. I was recently recognized at a Stevie Wonder concert and this lady walked over to me and said "aren't you the vinyl guy?", I kinda laughed and said "yeah, I work at Lost Weekend Records". She had been in the shop a few weeks back with her son who was spending his birthday money on records. We talked for a few minutes and she told how much her son loved coming to Lost Weekend Records and couldn't wait to get home and play his records.
For me record store day is everyday but it's nice to have a day that brings so much attention to independent stores that really need the support. It will be a fun day and the hope is that we will make some long lasting relationships with people who have never been to our store or a record store at all.
Hope to see you this Saturday April 18th.........
Hey, notice the sly Cheap Trick reference!
Scott Carr is a guitarist who plays in the Columbus, OH bands Radio Tramps and Returning April. Scott is also an avid collector of vinyl records and works at Lost Weekend Records. So...if you are looking for Scott....you'll either find him in a dimly lit bar playing his guitar or in a record store digging for the holy grail.
Psychic Wheels Record Store Day release only available at Lost Weekend Records.