By Ashlyn Bruni
As the culture and demand for vinyl records has taken off in the past several years, it’s only fitting to dedicate a day to celebrating it. Originating in 2008, Record Store Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in April each year. Falling on April 18 this time around, the day boasts this Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as its ambassador this year.
In honor of independent record stores all over the world, each year artists have special record releases, and record stores have gatherings and special events to mark their biggest day of the year. Artists with exclusive RSD releases this year include Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Vampire Weekend, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra, The 1975, A$AP Rocky, Avicii, Echosmith, In This Moment, and many, many more.
Over the years, Baton Rouge has accumulated its own share of record stores, and with over 400 special releases hitting the shelves, they’re gearing for the biggest Record Store Day yet. Since it is impossible for each store to get every single release, more record shops in town means a better shot at finding the ones on your list. Each shop in town has its own special plans for the day, but they will all have high energy and great deals.
Lagniappe Records plans to have a big party for Record Store Day this year. Owner Tess Brunet says the vibe they are going for is not typical of many record stores — she believes that Record Store Day is already focused on the special releases, so she likes to double the holiday as a type of Customer Appreciation Day.
“We make it into a party,” said Brunet.
They will have a keg, treats from Love at First Bite, and BBQ courtesy of City Pork Deli and Charcuterie. A few of the KLSU DJs will be spinning some records, including The Hellcat, Baby Kate, and McFly. Lastly, they will have giveaways and raffles. Prizes include T-shirts, gift cards and tote bags.
Atomic Pop Shop is preparing their biggest Record Store Day yet, which is impressive, since last year their line began to form around 2 a.m. This year they will have live music from AF the Naysayer and a screening of the Riot House documentary Records Collecting Dust. Coffee, beignets and waffles will be provided by Modern Meals. Atomic Pop Shop will be offering sales on their vintage collection, and their door prizes include T-shirts, gift cards, vinyl and even a record player.
“It’s going to be a pretty cool day. We will be having a good time,” said Atomic Pop Shop worker Bruce Williams.
Since the holiday is bigger this year than ever before, the staff is eager to see how many people come out. Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp, but the store will be closing at 4 p.m.
The owners of the newest record store in town Capital City Records are excited for their first Record Store Day. Dana Labot and his 19-year-old daughter Raegan look forward to seeing the flipside of the holiday, as they usually spend the day shopping at the record stores in New Orleans.
Capital City will be having giveaways and raffles, and they’re excited to release their exclusive T-shirt designs. Raegan recalls her dad making funny T-shirts when she was a kid, and loves that his personality is showing through in his business decisions. Labot explains that the day can be fun but stressful, since owners don’t always know what records they are going to get for the day because they sometimes get what they order and some releases don’t actually get finished in time.
“Anxiety levels are high!” said Labot as he joked about wearing pool floaties on the big day just to keep from drowning. The folks at Capital City are ready and waiting for the day to get here. Their doors will also be opening early at 9 a.m. for the occasion.
Whether you choose one spot to camp out or spend the day hopping around town, Record Store Day promises to leave customers with smiles, swag, and plenty of new tunes to spin.