Record Store Day – April 18, 2015

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Saturday, April 18th was Record Store Day, a day invented six years ago to help independent record stores boost sales.  The holiday is still going strong as vinyl continues to grow in popularity.  It is a fun day where music fans can celebrate their love for record stores, but as with anything, people can ruin this day with greed.  Many of these exclusive records were on sale for around $20-$40, but are now on eBay for $70-$200.

I was quite excited for Record Store Day, since there are so many unique and interesting record stores in the Twin Cities.  My dream would be to rent a limousine and get whisked away to all the best record stores in town. Maybe some day… As much as I love the Electric Fetus, I avoided it because I expected a large crowd and a picked-over selection.  I tried Discland in Bloomington, but despite being a great store, they didn’t have many special releases.  I hit Extreme Noise Records next, which is packed full of primo punk rock albums, but I still couldn’t find the ones I was after.  I did, however, win a cool TAANG! Records 7 inch box set from their drawing.

Finally, I made my way to Treehouse Records.

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Record Store Day – Celebrating a Part of History

Long before CD-s, cassette tapes and 8-track tapes, there was a thing called a record. Round and flat, they were made of vinyl, and came in types that reflected their revolutions per minute on a turntable. 78,45,33. You put the record on your turntable, and set an arm with a needle on it at the start of the record. You were in music heaven.

The record began to go out of style in the seventies and eighties in favor of more convenient musical contraptions, but the memory of the record will never be forgotten, with its snaps and pops within the sound, and the artistic covers and pictures included within the jackets.
Records were typically sold in record stores. People would flock to these usually independently-owned venues, hoping to find the latest vinyl copies of records by their favorite performers. Sadly, the record stores were eclipsed by big department stores and mail-order websites where a better deal may be had, as well as a bigger selection. But to many, the record store lives on in the memory.

In 2008, an event was formed called Record Store Day. Held on a Saturday each April, this event was designed to celebrate the memory and culture of the record store. Record Store day unites many of the artists, performers, fans, even former employees of independently owned record stores.

The event is held in different places, in the united states and all over the world. Special copies of vinyl records are pressed for the special day, of unique records. These are only made available to those involved in this timeless event.

As you can imagine, Record Store Day has become a beloved celebration for music fans, young and old. We have scientists, truckers, bloggers who write about outdoor improvement (OutdoorIdeasMN.com), you name it! Record stores may be a thing of the past, but they will forever live on in the memories of those who love them thanks to Record Store Day.

Jack White’s Rolling Record Store in town April 9

Jack White’s Rolling Record Store is on tour and it came to town for two days.  I got the chance to check it out at the Electric Fetus on Thursday, April 9th.
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The Electric Fetus is one of the best record stores in Minneapolis.  They host great live concerts in their store and they have some fun outdoor sales.  They are good at promoting their events online.  I always am up to date with things that they do through Facebook.  The Fetus had a numbering system for this event, which they informed us via Facebook.  You could come in and take a number at noon and leave instead of waiting in line for the bus at 4pm.  Luckily I was able to head over during my lunch break at work to get a number. If not, I would never been able to shop at the bus.  I left work early and arrived at the Fetus at 4:30.  I was number 28 and figured they would have already called by number.  To my surprise, they were only on customer number 4.

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Welcome to Sports Free Stream

Hello and thanks for stopping by Sports Free Stream. This is a personal blog about my love of Vintage Grunge Rock – specifically within the Twin Cities, Minnesota music scene.

As mentioned in the tag line at the top, I’ll be spreading the word about the Minneapolis rock scene for those on a tight budget. I’ll discuss finding cheap concerts, thrifting for vinyl records, and other finds in the vibrant Twin Cities.

Why the “Sports-free?” I like sports just fine – but so many blogs are about sports and I just wanted something memorable different and this came to mind.

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