The 7th annual national Record Store Day will be celebrated in Minnesota on Saturday, proving that vinyl has gotten its groove back.
Record Store Day is designed to celebrate and promote the unique culture of independent record shops and sellers, and those retailers are planning a day full of special promotions to put a fresh spin on the annual event.
WCCO reports that the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis is planning in-store performances, giveaways and local food trucks starting at 9:15 a.m. MPR News said that there will be a block party with 15 bands sponsored by Hymie's Vintage Records on Lake St. in Minneapolis to celebrate the day.
Fox News reported that Record Store Day helped boost vinyl sales, which totaled $6 million last year, up 33 percent from 2012. The Recording Industry Association of America says record sales have doubled since 2010.
The Star Tribune notes a record resurgence among Minnesota music-lovers.
“We have a lot of people coming in and rebuying the records they sold 20 years ago,” said Mike Elias of Barely Brothers, a record store that opened a month ago in St. Paul. On the same weekend, another record shop opened just a few blocks away. Agharta Records, named for a Miles Davis live album, stocks a lot of jazz along with a large selection of metal, punk along with indie rock.
“Iit really has become common knowledge that vinyl sounds better — and is a lot more fun to own and shop for,” Agharta owner Dylan Adams told the newspaper.
A number of labels offer official Record Store Day special-edition music. The Pioneer Press reports that at Fifth Element, the record store run by the Rhymesayers label in Uptown, will preview the "Southsiders" release from hip-hop duo Atmosphere. MPR News reported that Otis Redding' 1964 debut album "Pain in my Heart" will be re-released on vinyl Saturday.
Vita.mn has a full feature with a list of the picks, parties and the in-store performances planned for the day.