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Record Store Day 

When: Sat., April 18 2015



TRIANGLE-WIDE—Nearly a decade since the start of Record Store Day, it's easy to be cynical about the annual, merch-enhanced invitation to come on down to your local music emporium. The event's status as a chance to buy limited-edition wares from bands, labels and stores in need of support has ballooned until the list of available items is now a dozen-page PDF download. Need to re-buy a chunk of Bruce Springsteen albums as expensive reissues? Wanna scoop a cassette copy of Metallica's No Life 'til Leather in an edition of 10,000? Need the soundtrack to Sons of Anarchy on vinyl? Get in line.

Yet, in the Triangle, stores have turned entire years around because of the annual spring sale. Last year, it was Raleigh's recently relocated Schoolkids Records; in 2013, Chapel Hill's CD Alley, once living in fear of closing, had one of its best sales days ever with Record Store Day. Sure, major labels now seem eager to bloat the event and then bleed it dry, but it remains an essential boon for many stores.

This year's biggest Record Store Day events in the area happen at Schoolkids in Raleigh and Bull City Records in Durham. Schoolkids hosts Daniel Michalak of Bombadil, former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons, Civil Twilight (who will be recording a live release) and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. The store's new Durham location won't have special entertainment, but owner Stephen Judge vows the new space will have more Record Store Day titles than the former tenant, Offbeat Music, once stocked. The best action, though, goes to Bull City, which has partnered with Merge Records for a free show (36 p.m.) with William Tyler, Mac McCaughan and Ex Hex. Merge will reissue Tyler's great debut, Deseret Canyon, for the big day, and perhaps McCaughan will offer some samples from his forthcoming and wonderful Non-Believers, out May 5.

CD Alley will stock official Record Store Day titles, as will Carrboro's All Day Records. In the latter locale, pay special attention to the used bins; all $1 titles are four-for-$1, while $2 and $3 LPs will cost you only $1. They've arranged a solid slate of all-women DJs for the day, too.

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