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November 29, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping. Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once again celebrating Record Store Day this holiday season. Designed to spur interest in mom-and-pop music shops, Record Store Day is now a twice-annual event in which artists and labels unleash a bounty of collectible offerings. Participating stores in the area include Hollywood's Amoeba Music, Echo Park's Origami Vinyl, Highland Park's Mount Analog and Long Beach's Fingerprints, among others.  While much of what is released on Record Store Day is aimed at collectors, there are numerous selections this Black Friday that will warm the hearts of even the more casual music (or comedy)
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April 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing. Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice.  Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store.
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November 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In what's becoming an annual ray of light amid the consumerist darkness of Black Friday, the music retail marketing movement known as Record Store Day has once again put forth a bounty of limited-edition music to be available the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday 2012 will no doubt see L.A. retailers such as Origami, Amoeba, Vacation and Permanent with lines akin to those at big-box merchants, but more hipster-heavy. Instead of wrestling over the last Wii U on the shelf, however, music geeks will be diving for the limited-edition picture disc of Biz Markie's "The Biz Never Sleeps.
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March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martens
What does boy band sensation One Direction have in common with alt-rock-era stars Veruca Salt and R.E.M.? They're all among the acts who revealed that they'll be participating in the 2014 edition of Record Store Day, a promotional event geared toward getting consumers to shop at participating indie retailers. A now annual affair in which artists big and small release limited-run editions of rare or hard-to-find pieces, the full slate of participants will be unveiled on Thursday during a news conference at Hollywood's Amoeba Music . Public Enemy's Chuck D is scheduled to be on hand, as is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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April 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing. Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice.  Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store.
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April 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"South Park" and Record Store Day aren't two things that naturally associate themselves with one another, but that's what's happening this year, as the long-running Comedy Central show is releasing a limited-edition vinyl record in conjunction with the annual day celebrating independent record stores. Two songs heard on the series, "San Diego" and "Gay Fish," are being released on a 7-inch vinyl record limited to 2,000 copies. Record Store Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in April.
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March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martens
What does boy band sensation One Direction have in common with alt-rock-era stars Veruca Salt and R.E.M.? They're all among the acts who revealed that they'll be participating in the 2014 edition of Record Store Day, a promotional event geared toward getting consumers to shop at participating indie retailers. A now annual affair in which artists big and small release limited-run editions of rare or hard-to-find pieces, the full slate of participants will be unveiled on Thursday during a news conference at Hollywood's Amoeba Music . Public Enemy's Chuck D is scheduled to be on hand, as is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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April 19, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The annual music geek holiday known as Record Store Day arrives Saturday, and with it precious rewards for the fans and collectors looking to hold in their hands music that could be easily heard for free on the Internet. That, of course, is missing the point.  One of the great mom-and-pop merchandising success stories of recent times, Record Store Day sees music retailers across the world celebrating the joy of shopping for limited edition music on vinyl. This year's bounty includes stuff by David Bowie, Elliott Smith, Rhye, Captain Beefheart, Sharon van Etten, Steven Malkmus and the Jicks (covering Can's classic  album “Ege Bamyasi”)
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April 19, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
If any L.A. music fans have rock 'n' roll funds left after the first weekend of Coachella, Record Store Day is a perfect way to clear them out. The Southland has seen a small wave of specialist vinyl stores open in the last few years, and Saturday's Record Store Day (an annual event meant to highlight independently owned shops) is like senior prom for record nerds. It's a chance to go throw down on special-occasion releases and enjoy intimate in-store performances, and keep local shops thriving in the churning sea of the new music economy.
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March 15, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Friday afternoon, while South by Southwest festival attendees were sleeping off hangovers or busy making new ones, in a conference room at the Austin Convention Center, record people were discussing the return of indie record stores, the success of the annual Record Store Day and their vision for the future of brick and mortar music shopping. The panel was dubbed "Record Stores Are Dead. Long Live Record Stores. " It's not the most earth-shattering story coming out of Austin, Texas, but it is a curious one, considering that in 2014, technology start-ups and snack chip sponsorships rule the conversation.
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March 15, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Friday afternoon, while South by Southwest festival attendees were sleeping off hangovers or busy making new ones, in a conference room at the Austin Convention Center, record people were discussing the return of indie record stores, the success of the annual Record Store Day and their vision for the future of brick and mortar music shopping. The panel was dubbed "Record Stores Are Dead. Long Live Record Stores. " It's not the most earth-shattering story coming out of Austin, Texas, but it is a curious one, considering that in 2014, technology start-ups and snack chip sponsorships rule the conversation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping. Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once again celebrating Record Store Day this holiday season. Designed to spur interest in mom-and-pop music shops, Record Store Day is now a twice-annual event in which artists and labels unleash a bounty of collectible offerings. Participating stores in the area include Hollywood's Amoeba Music, Echo Park's Origami Vinyl, Highland Park's Mount Analog and Long Beach's Fingerprints, among others.  While much of what is released on Record Store Day is aimed at collectors, there are numerous selections this Black Friday that will warm the hearts of even the more casual music (or comedy)
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May 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
With the theatrical release of a documentary feature on indie-rock cult group Big Star looming for July 3, the 22-track soundtrack album will be released a week earlier on June 25 with previously unissued versions of the group's cornerstone songs. The “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” soundtrack, to be issued on a single CD and double LP, will consist of demos, alternate takes and remixes created for the film, which was an official selection at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and winner of best documentary at last year's Indie Memphis festival.
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April 21, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Goldenvoice recently reached a long-term agreement with the desert city of Indio to stage its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club through at least 2030. But what, if anything, does that mean for Arizona's Zia Records, the pop-up shop that's been a regular at Coachella since troubles with the Virgin Megastore in the late '00s? GM Brian Faber says talks with Goldenvoice won't pick up until the conclusion of next week's Stagecoach, but he pointed to new lighting fixtures and a new sign out front.
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April 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Third Man Records celebrated Record Store Day with a pop-up party at the Ace Hotel on Saturday, featuring Carly Ritter, Courtney Jaye and the Dough Rollers. It was a laid-back, sun-soaked affair, with the Dough Rollers playing last at the peak of mid-afternoon heat. Their jagged blues rock set fit perfectly with the sweltering heat, as the crowd lolled in yellow inner tube floaties in the crystalline pool. The skin on display -- and there was much of it -- was reddened by sun. A life guard that looked suspiciously like Josh Tillman of Father John Misty fame looked on with sullen concentration.
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April 19, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
If any L.A. music fans have rock 'n' roll funds left after the first weekend of Coachella, Record Store Day is a perfect way to clear them out. The Southland has seen a small wave of specialist vinyl stores open in the last few years, and Saturday's Record Store Day (an annual event meant to highlight independently owned shops) is like senior prom for record nerds. It's a chance to go throw down on special-occasion releases and enjoy intimate in-store performances, and keep local shops thriving in the churning sea of the new music economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Goldenvoice recently reached a long-term agreement with the desert city of Indio to stage its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club through at least 2030. But what, if anything, does that mean for Arizona's Zia Records, the pop-up shop that's been a regular at Coachella since troubles with the Virgin Megastore in the late '00s? GM Brian Faber says talks with Goldenvoice won't pick up until the conclusion of next week's Stagecoach, but he pointed to new lighting fixtures and a new sign out front.
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April 12, 2013 | By August Brown
As L.A.'s center of musical gravity shifts east to Coachella for the next two weekends, night life in the city will finally get some breathing room. No lines at the bar, cabs when you need them, an entire population of trustafarian party people otherwise occupied - why, it's a veritable Eden of going out close to home. Take advantage of the reprieve by hitting up some of these local events. Some are deliberate ripostes to Coachella, others just happen to fall on the calendar this week.
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April 19, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The annual music geek holiday known as Record Store Day arrives Saturday, and with it precious rewards for the fans and collectors looking to hold in their hands music that could be easily heard for free on the Internet. That, of course, is missing the point.  One of the great mom-and-pop merchandising success stories of recent times, Record Store Day sees music retailers across the world celebrating the joy of shopping for limited edition music on vinyl. This year's bounty includes stuff by David Bowie, Elliott Smith, Rhye, Captain Beefheart, Sharon van Etten, Steven Malkmus and the Jicks (covering Can's classic  album “Ege Bamyasi”)
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April 18, 2013
Record Store Day, the annual money bomb for indie music stores, hits right in between Coachella weekends this year. If local fans aren't tapped out of their music budgets, prime L.A. stores such as Origami, Mt. Analog, Gimme Gimme and Vacation will all hold varying events, special releases and deals to celebrate. Various times and locations Saturday. See recordstoreday.com for complete listings.
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