Record Store Day 2013: Time to take old and new vinyl out for a spin
If you have friends and relatives who love honest-to-goodness vinyl records, you have a great opportunity to stock up on gifts April 20, during the sixth annual Record Store Day, now a popular international celebration since a few vinyl lovers first observed it back in 2007.
And, this year, Record Store Day happens to fall on 420, known the world over as a day to celebrate the cannabis culture. Not only is this the first time Record Store Day and 420 have coincided, it’s also the first 420 day since Colorado voters decided to legalize the use of small amounts of recreational marijuana last November. According Denver’s Channel 7 News, thousands of visitors from around the world already are streaming through the gates at Denver International Airport with plans to light up in the city’s Civic Center Park April 20.
Of course, you don’t have to smoke weed to appreciate music, and there are lots of wonderful deals available exclusively in brick-and-mortar record stores — for stoners and non-stoners alike. Here’s how to take advantage (of the vinyl, that is).
Find your favorite musicians. For a full list of all 416 Record Store Day special releases, go to the official Record Store Day 2013 site, recordstoreday.com, where you can track down special vinyl pressings of music by everyone from Aerosmith to the Zombies.
Get the right gear. Want to celebrate, but don’t own a record player? The Aviator Wooden Music Center can handle vinyl as well as cassettes and CDs, and also has an AM/FM radio. But the coolest thing about it is the way it looks – find it on our Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons page.
And if you want to do a little something to help the troubled retail businesses of Boston, do your Record Store Day shopping at Newbury Comics.