“I Need That Record!”

Saturday is National Record Store Day, and we here at Nippertown.com urge you to participate.

How? It’s simple. Stop downloading for a few hours, turn off your computer and go out and support your fave independent vinyl or CD bricks ‘n’ mortar shop.

Let’s face, record stores are disappearing mighty fast these days. I know. I used to work at a couple of Nippertown’s finest indie record stores. Remember Just A Song in Albany? Records ‘N Such in Stuyvesant Plaza? I love record stores, and we’re betting that you do, too. After all, you are reading Nippertown.com…

Lots of record companies – both big and small – are releasing a whole bunch of very special, limited edition discs in honor of Record Store Day. Coxsackie’s own Sundazed Music, for example, is releasing a batch of Record Day exclusives, including seven-inchers by the Velvet Underground, John Mayall & Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds and Freddy King, as well as a 180-gram vinyl edition of the International Submarine Band LP (in mono!) with a bonus seven-inch.

Here are some examples of other cool stuff that’s being produced exclusively for Record Store Day:

Hopefully, you’ve still got a favorite record store that you frequent, but if not, may we make a few suggestions?

Last Vestige Music Shop, 173 Quail St., Albany
The River Street Beat Shop, 197 River St., Troy
Divinyl Revolution, 437 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Toonerville Trolley Records, 131 Water St., Williamstown
Tune Street, 294 Main St., Great Barrington
Turn It Up!, 5 Pleasant St., Northampton
Hip Hop Chop Shop, 203 Warren St., Hudson
Woodstock Music Shop, 18 Rock City Road, Woodstock
Ye Olde Hippie Shoppe, 69 Tinker St., Woodstock
The Blue Note Record Shop, 156 Central Ave., Albany (so old-school that they don’t have a website!)

And in case you need another reminder of what can happen if you don’t support your fave indie record shop, take a look at this very sad photo essay…

  1. Graceful J says

    Nobody’s performing at any of the shops this year in honor of record store day? What was it, two years ago the Rambling Jug Stompers played at Last Vestige and then at the Beat Shop for the occasion? That was good; live music always gets me out, then while in those shops hard to leave without buying something.

  2. Toast says

    When I was in college, Music Shack in Troy was my place to be every Tuesday to buy the new 12″ releases.

  3. Daniel Nester says

    I don’t think Last Vestige is a quote-unquote participating store, but I’ll go there anyway since it’s one of my favorite places in, like, the world.

    And Dove and Hudson is having a sale as well.

  4. Greg says

    Daniel: No, Last Vestige is not an “official” participating store, but they will have some Record Store Day specials – including the Sundazed Music limited editions…

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