Record stores having their day

April 17, 2010 

Put down your iPod and turn off your computer: It's annual Record Store Day.

The event was started in 2007 as a way to increase interest in independent record stores that were losing business to online music stores as well as chains such as Walmart and Best Buy.

In the Triangle, those stores include Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, CD Alley in Chapel Hill and Bull City Records and Offbeat Music in Durham.

Schoolkids manager Rick Culross expects a big boost in business. Last year, customers were lined up when Schoolkids opened. "We were smacked down the entire day," he said. (That's a good thing.)

"It was like Christmas Eve many years ago," he added.

More than 1,400 record stores worldwide plan to participate this year. And bands such as REM, Sonic Youth, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, the Flaming Lips and Soundgarden are releasing exclusive records.

Some of the excitement is driven by fans over 30 who are buying more vinyl records again, Culross said.

Schoolkids has also scheduled performances and signings by the bands Sick Puppies (at noon), Between the Buried and Me (at 2:30 p.m.), Mastodon (at 4 p.m.), and Paper Tongues (at 6 p.m.).

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