Tuesday, April 15, 2008

If you're in Atlanta, go to this!

On Saturday, April 19, Criminal Records will celebrate the first annual Record Store Day along with hundreds of independently-owned record stores across the country. Record Store Day is a national movement to bring awareness to the unique culture of record stores and to highlight the special place that they occupy in their local communities.

The day-long event at Criminal Records will feature performances by Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, Andy Hull (from Manchester Orchestra), Bobby & the Soft Spots, The Bridges, The Coathangers, Club Awesome, Dead Confederate, Hope For Agoldensummer, Judi Chicago, Janelle Monae, Noot d' Noot, Ocha La Rocha, Single Malt Solution, Suitcases, and Trances Arc, as well as DJ sets (by the likes of DJ Sars, Zano, Chad Rad, Chris Devoe, and Tommy from the Selmanaires) in between the live acts.

In addition to the musical entertainment, several Atlanta-based record labels (Die Slaughterhaus, Douchemaster Records, International Hits, New Street Records, Rob's House Records, and Stickfigure Distribution) will set up booths to sell their wares, offer advice, compare tattoos, and swap recipes. The Girls' Rock Camp (ATL) organizers will also have an information and registration table for their summer camp. Orange Amps, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Super Deluxe are official sponsors of the Record Store Day celebration at Criminal Records.

Many records labels have produced exclusive releases especially for the inaugural Record Store Day. One noteworthy example is Matador Records/Beggars Group, which will be releasing limited edition records by Stephen Malkmus, The Breeders, Vampire Weekend, and The Teenagers, along with an Arthur Russell covers album and a Matador turntable mat. These items will be available for sale only at indie record stores like Criminal Records.

Criminal Records will also host a vinyl record swap meet, where customers can bring their unwanted albums and trade with others. Of course, there will be the requisite sidewalk sale filled with bargains galore, along with giveaways throughout the day. April 19th will also be the kick-off date for a metro-Atlanta indie record store scavenger hunt.

Here's the lineup...

Outdoor stage:
1:00 PM - The Bridges
2:00 PM - Ocha La Rocha
3:00 PM - Bobby and the Soft Spots
4:00 PM - Suitcases
5:00 PM - Judi Chicago
6:00 PM - The Coathangers
7:00 PM - Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause
8:00 PM - Noot d'Noot

Indoor stage:
2:30 PM - Single Malt Solution
3:30 PM - Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra)
4:30 PM - Club Awesome
5:30 PM - Dead Confederate
6:30 PM - Trances Arc
7:30 PM - Hope for agoldensummer
8:30 PM - Janelle Monae

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