Affordable Music in Dillon celebrates Record Store Day with limited-release vinyl
If you go
What: Record Store Day
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Where: Affordable Music, 104 Village Place, Dillon
More information: Call (970) 468-2127, or visit www.recordstoreday.com
Get the goods
Here’s a sample of some of the limited-edition music that will be available at Affordable Music on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 18.
• “New Year’s Eve 1995: Live at Madison Square Garden,” by Phish (six-LP boxed set)
• “Wake Up to Find Out,” by Grateful Dead (five-LP boxed set)
• “The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984,” by Bruce Springsteen (re-mastered editions of his first seven albums, available individually)
• “Bob Marley Interviews: So Much Things To Say,” Neville Willoughby with Bob Marley (LP)
• “Still on the Road to Freedom,” by Alvin Lee (LP)
• “Garcia,” by Jerry Garcia (LP)
• “Ocean,” by John Butler Trio (LP)
• “The Stoned Side of the Mule, Vol. 2,” by Government Mule (LP, covers of The Rolling Stones)
• “The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia,” part of the Rough Guide series produced by World Music Network that explores music from all over the world (LP)
• 7-inch vinyl (45 rpm) from David Bowie, The Kinks, Frank Zappa, Deep Purple, Mumford & Sons, Garbage and Bob Dylan
• 10-inch vinyl from Robert Plant and Greg Allman
For those of us who discovered music before the age of iTunes, there’s a certain cherished memory that goes along with the acquisition of our first album. It involved a march to the record store to gaze wide-eyed at the rows of genres and artists, whether vinyl, cassette tape or CD, ogling the cover art and running our fingers down the track list, looking for that favorite song heard on the radio.
That experience can still be found in one of the hundreds of independently owned record stores across the United States, and it’s celebrated each year on Record Store Day, when customers new and old are encouraged to return to the racks and get their hands on some ear candy.
Tasty aural snacks
This year’s Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 18, when locally, music fans will be converging upon Affordable Music in Dillon to get their fix. Gary Koenig, the store’s owner, said he would be serving up some cupcakes and muffins to go along with a slew of special release LPs, 7-inches and more.
“We’ll be opening at 10 like we always do,” he said, “and there’s usually a line, not a huge line, but a line outside the door of people waiting to get their hands on the more limited edition pieces that I get in.”
The list of titles Koenig has ordered for the occasion is long and reputable, with contributions from Phish, the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia to Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, as well as fresh tracks from Government Mule, the John Butler Trio and Mumford & Sons.
“The list is pretty lengthy of the different titles I’ve gotten in,” Koenig said. “I might only have two or three or four of some of them, but I’ve got quite a few of some of the other ones. … It’s kind of hectic preparing for this.”
Loving the vinyl
There’s nothing like the sound of vinyl, all those little clicks and pops that tell the story of a record’s history beyond the music that rolls through the speakers, and Koenig said more and more, customers are seeking it out.
“I’ve heard that down in the city, there’s places that sell nothing but vinyl these days, but every month, I sell just a little bit more,” he said. “The vinyl has gotten up to my CD sales, it hasn’t surpassed it, but more and more people are getting up to vinyl, both new and used.”
Our ears respond best to analog sound in the form of vibrations, Koenig said, whether they come from the resonance of a person’s voice across their vocal chords or the strings of a guitar. People are getting more into the quality of sound in listening to music, which is bringing them back to the velvety, analog song of vinyl.
“People who are more interested in Muzak have their ‘magic boxes’ loaded up with hundreds of songs,” he said, referring to electronic music genres and devices that play mp3s. “But for the quality of sound, vinyl can’t be beat.”
Ordering music through a computer screen may offer an endless amount of variety, but it’s devoid of the personal connection found from walking into a record store.
“Personally, I’m a touchy feely kind of guy,” Koenig said. “I like to look at what I’m buying, 1, and 2, you get to look at the artwork; you get to have the artwork. When you walk in and buy something, you can look though and see the artwork on vinyl — the artwork on vinyl can’t be beat. And just to shop around. … It’s that touch and feel kind of experience.”
Koenig said he’d encourage people to shop locally for their music for the same reason he would support a local hardware store or a local musician — that’s how you keep your local economy going. And it doesn’t hurt that Record Store Day provides pretty hefty incentives to check out your local vinyl stash.
“I think it’s a great way for the labels and the artists to go through their archives,” he said. “This limited edition stuff that’s coming out is stuff that fans want to hear and might not otherwise have been released. They go through and they grab some B-sides or some of the music that wasn’t quite so mainstream, and therefore, it’s getting it to the fans who want to hear the music.
“It’s limited — most of it is limited edition vinyl, which in the past, and will be in the future, maintains its value much more because it’s not something they are producing hundreds of thousands of. There’s maybe 1, 2, 4 thousand copies made worldwide. It’s something you might cherish and keep around because it’s not something, if you lose it, you can’t just run back out and grab it.”
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record storeowners. It now includes nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. There stores participating in Record Store Day on every continent except Antarctica.
Every year, the Record Store Day Powers That Be pick an ambassador, and this year it’s Dave Grohl, former drummer with Nirvana and founder of the Foo Fighters.
“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store,” Grohl said in a video on the Record Store Day website. “I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial.”
He said he felt his spark as a kid when he picked up 1975s K-Tel’s “Blockbuster 20 Original Hits” by the original Stars in a record store in his suburban Virginia neighborhood. It featured Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more.
Vail Daily reporter Randy Wyrick contributed to this article.
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