Record Store Day: To Support Local and Independent Music

This Saturday, April 21st will be the world wide observance of Record Store Day. The idea of celebrating independently owned record stores and artists has been going on for 5 years. At the same time there’s been an increase in listening to music on vinyl. In fact, according to a recent Entertainment Weekly article “Demand for vinyl has increased every year since 2006, and in 2011 consumers bought more wax than any time in the past two decades.” According to Record Store Day’s website, the idea was first 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. Usually there are special promotions, giveaways, performances, etc. I plan to go out and support the music industry in a hands-on way. Even if my little fingers get sore from flipping through hundreds of records or my wallet is empty at the end of the day, all the excitement of Record Store Day makes it worthwhile.

These are some records that I will personally be hunting for this Saturday:

Artist: Volcano Choir – Unmap // Label: Jagjaguwar

Even though this album is from September of 2009 it’s still one of my favorites.  Volcano Choir is a unique collaboration of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Collections of Colonies of Bees. This record has an intimate quality with an assortment of organic sounds and dynamic vocals.  It’s lovely to see a collective of artists come together to create something as beautiful as this record.


Artist: Hunx - Hairdresser Blues // Label: Hardly Art

Oh Hunx. He sold me with his charm and quirkiness and the need he seems to have to find true love.  Hunx will take you straight back to the 60’s while also bringing a modern garage-pop-punk aesthetic to your ears.  Not to mention this box set comes with a limited edition Hunx hairdresser comb.  Now how adorable is that?


Artists: Beach Fossils SHALLOW 7” & Wild Nothing NOWHERE  7” // Label: Captured Tracks

Brooklyn label Captured Tracks seems to sign some of the best shoegaze and dream pop bands around.  Some of my personal favorites are Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing –  Brooklyn natives with a mesmerizing and dreamy sound.   


Artist: Y La Bamba - Court The Storm // Label: Tender Loving Empire

I still cannot get enough of the up and coming folk, Spanish-influenced band Y La Bamba.  All I am going to say is that I want this record, badly.  The harmonies and melodies of lead singer Luz Elena’s band will take you into their arms and carry you away to another place and time. 


Artist: Real Estate - Easy 7”// Label: Domino

Real Estate’s laid back and contemporary vibes will have you imagining that you are on a sunny beach lying in the sand.  I already have their latest album Days, but I would love to have this single due to the lovely artwork on the cover.


Artist: Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation // Label: Fat Possum

Boise-native, Trevor Powers, is the mastermind behind this dream-pop album that I haven’t been able to stop listening to all year.  The Year of Hibernation rose on many music charts and still seems to be receiving hype from music lovers everywhere.  My roommate already has a copy, but this record is so incredible that I want a copy for myself!


Artist: Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool // Label: Hometapes

Man, oh man.  The amount of coolness that Bear In Heaven bring to the music industry cannot be quantified.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this psychedelic rock group’s latest release, and my ears tuned to the warmth and richness of their sound.


Artist: Poor Moon – Illusion // Label: Sub Pop

Seattle folk band Poor Moon is a recent Sub Pop signee.  Members of Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls use the moniker as a side project.  While listening to their EP you almost feel as if you are brought back in time to when Simon and Garfunkel were first discovered.


With Record Store Day on your mind, don’t forget about how much we love our classical music here at NWPR.  You can nominate your favorite classical music piece for Robin Rilette’s Spring Countdown.