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    Owner Andy Schneidkraut chats with Nathan Green at Albums on the Hill.

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    Owner Bart Stinchcomb talks to customer Connor Estes at Bart's Music Shack.

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RECORD STORE DAY 2011

Albums on the Hill

1128 13th St.

303-447-0159

Albums is hosting John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light at 2 p.m. Saturday

There will be a secret flash mob event around 4 p.m. Saturday

Absolute Vinyl

4474 Broadway

303-955-1519

Absolute Vinyl’s hosting the following bands and artists:

Saturday: Orange Free State at noon, Mike Wird at 1:30 p.m., visual artist Andy Moore at 1 p.m., Blue Krewe at 4 p.m. and Myndflower at 5:30 p.m.

Bart’s Record Shack

236 Pearl St.

303-444-1760

Live music with Danny Shafer at 1 p.m. Saturday Call to find out about the rest of the bands and times.

In a world before downloadable songs, independent record stores were the places to discover new music, meet up with fellow music lovers, learn about bands from savvy employees — and see in-store performances by up-and-coming acts.

That’s why Record Store Day’s an important date in the music world. Saturday’s national event gives support to indie stores, and lets artists sell special (mostly vinyl) product that’s only available at these establishments.

This year, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Deftones, Blitzen Trapper, Kings of Leon, Phish and hundreds of other bands are releasing vinyl product to support Record Store Day.

Keeping it local, Boulder’s Albums on the Hill, Absolute Vinyl and Bart’s CD Shack are taking part in Record Store Day. It’s all about letting the record store culture stay alive and well.

Albums on the Hill

Andy Schneidkraut’s proud that Albums on the Hill carries unique merchandise and he always impresses customers with his vast musical knowledge.

The store owner’s looking forward to Record Store Day, because its Albums’ busiest day of the year.

“Record Store Day is a celebration of the disappearing retail entity,” Schneidkraut said. “This is the third year we’re doing this and it’s grown exponentially. It celebrates what a record store gives to a community.”

“Ten years ago, there were 7-8,000 stores in the same category as mine in the U.S. and 16 in Boulder. They’ve become dinosaurs, but true music lovers are unwilling to let record stores go away.”

Keeping in that spirit, Schneidkraut’s gearing up for a busy Saturday.

“Things kick in at 10 a.m. Then, we have John Common and his band performing at 2 p.m. in a free concert,” Schneidkraut said. “We also have a flash mob event happening around 4 p.m., but we can’t tell people who it’s going to be.”

Albums on the Hill will sell a slew of limited vinyl on Saturday. Plus, the store will be give away freebies with purchases that include compilation albums and record bags.

“Record stores are not museums — they’re retail stores and you should come and buy,” Schneidkraut said. “We just want people to recognize the value of record stores in the community. People are still genuinely interested in music.”

Absolute Vinyl

Absolute Vinyl’s celebrating its second year in business, and the North Boulder store is ready to honor Record Store Day.

“Record Store Day is an opportunity to showcase our store,” owner Doug Gaddy said. “Music is an important part of life and it’s an important part of our culture.”

Gaddy feels that record stores supply a community need that’s not met in other environments.

“People like having a place they enjoy coming to and can talk to people,” Gaddy said. “I love talking to people and introducing customers who don’t know each other. Record Store Day’s about all that — and about the love of vinyl records.”

Saturday, Gaddy will sell special Record Store Day vinyl and he’s planned a live show.

“We have four bands playing Saturday,” Gaddy confirmed. “We’ll also have live cartoonist Andy Moore and lots of giveaways.”

Bart’s Record Shack

Bart Stinchcomb operated his CD Cellar for many years, but he consolidated operations and renamed the business Bart’s Record Shack.

Now Stinchcomb’s gearing up for Record Store Day with plenty of product and live music.

“This is the first year I’m doing Record Store Day,” Stinchcomb said. “It’s really cool and I see it as an opportunity to turn more people onto the store.”

The Record Shack will be selling limited edition vinyl, offering giveaways and throwing a live music party in its large parking lot.

“We’re going to have Pink Floyd and Bad Brains records, and Neko Case t-shirts,” Stinchcomb said. “We’ll also have colored vinyl editions and a ton of stuff. We’ll come up with some giveaways and we’ll have a raffle for a turntable.”

In the end, it’s all about keeping the record store culture alive.

“This is a place where you can come in and talk about music,” Stinchcomb said. “That’s something you can’t do on-line. People still that want that.”

If you need a refresher course on indie record stores, then check out the classic movie, “High Fidelity.” You’ll find five top reasons to keep record stores alive.

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