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Independent Record Store Day

by Travis on April 18, 2009

If you were ask me to name some of my favorite places in the world, a record store would be on that list somewhere fairly high. I’m not talking Tower or any of those, which are cool, but I’m talking the “Mom & Pop” stores, the small independently owned stores. I love the smells of walking into a record store. They all smell somewhat similar. The stores are lined with shelves, crates, and bins full of CDs and records. The same types of people work at the stores (and that’s not a dis, I’ve always wanted to work at a record store). I’ve been to stores from Salem, Oregon, to Boise, Idaho, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Denver, Colorado and in between. If I go to a city, I look up to see if they have any record stores (I missed going to one in Reno this past winter, I still kick myself in the ass). I just love going to them. My hometown store, The Record Exchange has been a staple of this town since 1977 and I’ve been going to it since 1987. I know the people that work there. One of them has been working there since at least the early 90′s and if I see him around town, I can say “Hey John, what’s up?” I’ve bought thousands of dollars worth of merchandise there. Mostly CDs, but as my passion for vinyl has once again taken off, I’m sure I’ve spent two to three hundred dollars since the start of the year on records. I just love the place. In Denver, Twist and Shout and Independent Records where my places. In Salt Lake, it’s the Grey Whale. I love record stores.

I would hate to see these great places disappear into the sunset with Drive-In movies, VHS, and Coor Extra Gold, to never be seen again. For those of you not in the know, tomorrow, April 18th, is National Record Store Day. Independent stores all across the nation will be having parties. Freebies, in store shows, DJ’s spinning records, sales, all that good stuff. My store has a ton of stuff going on tomorrow. True, it’s not all hip hop, but I can live with it. So if you can, and you have an independent store nearby (check here), do yourself a favor and hit the store up, spend some loot if you can and just have fun.

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The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Record Store Day is currently managed by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Scott Register, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).

And if you are in New York, DJ Eclipse sent this to me, so hit up Fat Beats

Tomorrow (Saturday 4/18) is National Record Store Day and Fat Beats is celebrating with a huge all day in-store plus sale at both locations. It’s going to be a crazy event so if you’re in NY or LA please stop by at some point if for nothing else then to say what’s up and enjoy the festivities. Support your independent retailers! Info below.
And while a lot of the Rock Steady Crew will be at Fat Beats NY on Saturday, my man Crazy Legs will be spinning (DJ’ing, not on his back) at the Motif Lounge in San Jose, CA Saturday night (4/18). Flyer attached.
Also this Saturday night (4/18), ILL BILL, Slaine & I are once again on Fearless Music TV on FOX 5 in NYC performing “A Bullet Never Lies” off ILL BILL’s “The Hour Of Reprisal” album. The show airs at 12:30 AM (Sat night/Sun morn). To see a full time and channel listing of Fearless Music check out the Fearless Music Myspace blog at:

Then on Monday (4/20) Premier & I are back at APT with a guest set by Statik Selektah for our monthly “Like They Used To Say” party. APT 419 W. 13th St. NYC 10:30PM-4:00AM
Whew! Lot of info.


Saturday, April 18th is Record Store Day!!!
Record Store Day
came about 2 years ago as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA. This is the one day that all of the stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Fat Beats is known for specializing in independent music and we are proud to be a part of Record Store Day. In celebration of this event both Fat Beats NY & LA will be offering a 10% storewide discount as well as an all day in-store performance/signing with the following artists:

Check out the Fat Beats NY Blog for updates

10% off all items, all day
1PM Halftime Show DJs (Skizz & Petey Cologne)
2PM Rob Swift (Ill Insanity/X-Ecutioners)
3PM Marco Polo & Torae, Emilio Rojas, Silent Knight, Rise & Avid, Problemz & Brown Bag AllStars
4PM Sucio Smash, Homeboy Sandman, 8th W1, Daniel Joseph, Fresh Daily & Sputnik Brown
5PM Rock Steady Crew
6PM DJ Premier, NYGz & Blaq Poet
7PM Talib Kweli
(More to be expected)

Check out the Fat Beats LA Blog for updates

10% off all items, all day
DJ Houseshoes (FatBeats LA)
DJ Inka One (Boombox LA)
DJ Kutmah (Sketchbook, Dublab)
DJ Chikaramanga (Tres Records, Shibuya Club Dj’s)
DJ Yotah (Shibuya Club Dj’s)
DJ Jedi
DJ Mona Lisa
(More to be expected

To celebrate Record Store Day, on Saturday April 18th, will be offering free shipping on
domestic orders over $50!!!

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