Record Store Day returns, April 18

Harvest Records poster art by Brent Baldwin

While not an official holiday, Record Store Day is highly anticipated by many and comes with its own set of customs, observances and surprises. There’s even a count down on the Record Store Day website. (An advent calendar with a new song streaming behind each virtual window would be even better. Just a thought.)

This year, on Saturday, April 18, record stores around the world will take part in the hallowed event. That mainly entails promotions, but there are also in-store events and a list of titles released only at record stores. The 2015 list is here and the Record Store Day limited runs include offerings from Against Me!, Kate Pierson and Jackie Greene among others.

Locally, the big Record Store Day news is the grand opening of Ken’s Hi-Fi, a vinyl store at 1832 Asheville Hwy #A, Hendersonville (phone: 693-3459). “We also have a limited supply of vintage refurbished stereo equipment (including turntables) and also some high quality phono cartridges. Our vinyl stock includes a solid selection of jazz, rock, folk, country and western and a good deal of northern soul aka beach music,” says store representative Mark Leaman.

At Harvest Records, they’ve got the big day down to a science. “We appreciate the year-round support you guys show us, so no worries if you can’t make it out next Saturday,” the shop owners write in a newsletter. For those who can attend, here’s what’s happening, according to the newsletter:

• We open at 10am.
• We will have TONS AND TONS OF LIMITED RELEASES! The packages are just now arriving so we don’t know exactly what we will have, but it will be a plethora. No holds or special orders, first come first served!
• In addition to the tons of limited RSD releases, we’ll have tons of super fresh used jams out on the floor as well. Stocking up right now, gonna be big time.

And, as Harvest Records notes, if you’re planning to tweet about it, use #RSD15

Other participating stores in Asheville are Voltage Records, Karmasonics, a-1 music warehouse and Static Age Records.



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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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