For collectors of vinyl and listeners of new tunes, Record Store Day is a secular Christmas-in-April. And two local stores — Static Age and Harvest Records — have been in serious headphone-wearing, plastic-wrap-tearing, needle-dropping training for weeks. Saturday, April 21, will find them well-rested, hydrated, and bolstered by a breakfast of complex carbs because that’s what it’s going to take to get through a full day of new releases, special sales and in-store performances.
At Harvest Records (415-b Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 258-2999), it’s a bright and early 10 a.m. start.
Harvest has this to say, via a newsletter: “This celebration manifests itself, first and foremost, in the form of hundreds of very limited releases available ONLY to independent record stores across the world. That means no Best Buy, no Wal Mart, no Amazon. Only stores like Harvest. We have spent the better part of 2 months ordering as many copies of as many of these releases as we deem necessary…
“HOWEVER—R.S.D. is not only for those obsessed with securing certain records! It’s for everyone! There will be plenty of insanely amazing releases to comb thru all day and all night, of course. In addition to the R.S.D.-specific releases, we will have a super-freshly-stocked store from top to bottom…
“AND ON TOP OF THAT: The EATBOX food truck will be here starting at 9am!! (an hour before doors for those of you who might be camping out…they will be in the back parking lot FYI…)
“AND ON TOP OF THAT: we will be giving away free stuff, and raffle prizes, and maybe we’ll have snacks or something.”
There will also be a 3 p.m. in-store performance by HSS Golden Messenger (pictured above).
RECORD STORE DAY 2012—-STATIC AGE (82-A North lexington Ave., Asheville, 254-3232), there’s this: “store-wide sales, record store day exclusive releases, free stuff, craziness out front? (Earth Day celebration?!), surprises! and live music from some of our favorite bands…”
Those bands (performing from noon-10 p.m.) are:
• Dig Shovel Dig
• Tony Wain
• Doom Ribbons
• The Treatment
(Vinyl image from AM N.Y.)