Were you aware that Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 19? What better place to celebrate than in a city so rich in music history? Detroit is the birthplace of not only Motown music, but also techno. Oh you didn’t know Detroit invented techno? You would have if you read my fun facts article.
Record Store Day started in 2007 in celebration of nearly 1,000 independent record stores in the country. On this day, artists and labels put out limited edition vinyl records and CDs. More than 600 limited editions are set to be released, and you can only find them at independent record stores!
Detroit Threads in Hamtramck plans to party hard on Record Store Day. Detroit Techno Militia will take over the store with disk jockeys playing all day long! This event is family friendly, so bring the whole crew.
WeirdsVille Records in Mount Clemens will have 20 percent off of all used vinyl records and 10 percent off of accessories. Add live music and the new releases and you’re in for a fun-filled day at WeirdsVille.
For those of you in the Clawson area, check out Flipside Records. There will be 20 percent off of all used products and it will open an hour early at 10 a.m. I heard there will also be beverages and candy provided!
Of all the record stores, UHF Records in Royal Oak seems to be bringing in the largest amount of limited edition releases. Live bands will also perform at UHF. If you’re on the record hunt in Royal Oak, check out Solo Records as well.
The Found Sound in Ferndale plans to celebrate in true Record Store Day style. It will have live music, giveaways of gift cards and other prizes and as many of the new releases as possible.
In Oak Park, Street Corner Records opens early and will provide coffee and donuts! It also puts out a fresh stock of thousands of used records, and of course, the new releases.
Slick Disk in Trenton is a good option for those of you in the downriver area. It has several of the limited editions. It is a good place to go to secure your favorite records.
Clearly, you have several options for Record Store Day 2014. A little bit of advice: start early! Expect lines and a busy day. Happy hunting!