By: Ryan Cox While we're covering weekend two of Coachella, it's no surprise that the Zia Records' pop-up store was swarming with eager music lovers on Saturday for Record Store Day, hoping to scoop up some of those re-released and hard to-find aural gems. Hell, people were just eager to spend hard ... More >>
For record collectors everywhere (including this one), this Saturday is their Christmas. Yep, Record Store Day is here once again. Beginning in 2008, the event celebrates independent record stores with the release (and re-release in some cases) of super rare, limited edition (or out of print) albums ... More >>
If you're like us, the arrival of April means Record Store Day is almost upon us. On April 20, our favorite LBC music shop Fingerprints is celebrating in a big way. This year the shop's in-store performance lineup boasts FM alt-rockers Jimmy Eat World along with L.A.'s own Best Coast, Grammy-winning ... More >>
Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>
What's happening in the OC/LB area for this year's edition of Record Store Day, you ask? Here's a nifty guide to all the excitement spinning around on Saturday, April 21.Black Hole Records: They will carry a selection of the official Record Store Day limited edition releases. 108 N. Harbor Blvd., F ... More >>
Miguel Vasconcellos/OC WeeklyParker Macy (top) and Jonathan Staph (bottom) As you can see above, Creme Tangerine is not like most independent record stores. They took a niche market and made it even quirkier by selling vinyl out of a baby-blue trailer. Creme Tangerine, and it's owner Parker Macy is ... More >>
Did the annual event really save the vinyl record industry?
Miguel Vasconcellos/OC Weekly[UPDATE: 1/12/2010 2:50 PM] Sergent Phil Meyers, Costa Mesa Police Department's Public Information Officer, told the Weekly no burglaries have been reported at the LAB this month. Creme Tangerine, one of Orange County's quirkier (if not the quirkiest) record stor ... More >>
Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. As we all know, the big kick-off is Black Friday, when everyone shakes off the inevitable Thanksgiving food coma and hits the streets to forage for the best deals on gifts for friends and family. Rather than heading to the nearest mall to wait in hel ... More >>
This morning Warner Bros. Records announced that they'll be releasing exclusive Record Store Day releases on Black Friday. See below for details on limited edition vinyl packages from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, The Black Keys, and Eric Clapton that'll be available this F ... More >>
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Nielsen Soundscan's mid-year numbers are in, and despite the economic doom and gloom being reported by news outlets across the land, it would seem Americans have a lot to be optimistic about. Soundscan is the music industry's data information service and tracks sales at the point of purchase. It' ... More >>
The vinyl boom is fueling a resurgence of record retailers
Since its inception in 2007, the fandemonium over Record Store Day has only grown. Drak, owner of Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach, expressed his awe of fans last year who flooded into his store "like mice after a piece of cheese. It's amazing." It's no wonder they do--each year on the third Sa ... More >>
[Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?
It's Factory Records' first year anniversary, and it coincides with Record Store Day as well! To celebrate, they're holding a parking lot sale this weekend, where everything--LPs, 12", 45s--are 99¢ or less. The hours are 8 a.m. 'til dark, with Factory Records open regular hours as well.
UPDATE, APRIL 11, 6:56 P.M.: Hey, seriously, this in-store performance is way sold-out. Fingerprints would like to stress that there will be absolutely no walk-up entry on Saturday. So don't go loiter outside the store anyway hoping you'll get in, and stop freaking out the city of Long Beach, oka ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Record Store Day, Andrew W.K. and Honeypie at Detroit Bar
On April 16, the annual Record Store Day event will be hosted by independent record stores to recognize great music and the artists who play it. Ozzy Osbourne was named 2011's Record Store Day Ambassador, following in the footsteps of such honorees as Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal in 20 ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record StoreA few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>
Thanksgiving, Schanksgiving. As a music geek who lives to shop, Black Friday gimmicks are near and dear to my heart.This year has a bunch of Black Friday gimmicks that sound pretty interesting.
It's pretty cool that the official on-site record store at Coachella this year is Zia Records, from my hometown of Phoenix. It's been Virgin Megastore in years past, which is not only now out of business, but was always totally totally horrible. A copy of Private Eyes for $18.98? Sure, why ... More >>
Yes, more Lady Sovereign news from me. Why? Because she rules. That's why.Her latest disc is called Jigsaw and it's out today. You can buy it at these things called record stores or do what everyone else in 2009 does and get it at iTunes. Either way, I'm pretty sure the songs are the same.The first ... More >>
April 18 is Record Store Day. The National Association of Recording Merchandisers is sponsoring this celebration of "the unique culture of indie record stores all year long" with sales, in stores and other mayhem. NAMBLA, I mean, NARM has the backing of fellow sponsors Music Monitor Network, the Coa ... More >>
Earlier this month, House of Blues Anaheim stage manager and former Tower Records west coast promotions manager Curt Wada passed away from pancreatic cancer. Tonight, the House of Blues is hosting a benefit show for his family featuring many OC/LA bands, including Death by Stereo (pictured), Dramara ... More >>
Virgin Megastores, that is. Just got back from a lunch break to find out how true today's report on the Register's retail blog is, and the answer is . . . very. The Virgin Megastore at the Block in Orange will indeed be closing. The plug gets pulled January 4. In the meantime: bargains! I grabbed a ... More >>
Currently on the endangered species list: your local record store. (You remember those, right?) In a valiant attempt to raise awareness of their existence and importance (and perhaps move some stock), hundreds of independently owned music emporia throughout North America are celebrating Record Sto ... More >>
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