Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

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Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique albums that are released on Record Store Day are enough to get all types of music lovers out in droves to pick up these collectibles -- all while supporting their independent local record shops at the same time.

The list of exclusive releases this year is quite impressive and more extensive than ever before. So for your convenience, ahead of Saturday's Record Store Day, we've come up with a list of what we feel are the 10 must-haves of this years bumper crop of RSD releases.

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Electric Fetus posts Record Store Day 2014 lineup

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The music purveyors at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus have just announced an extensive lineup for this year's Record Store Day. Saturday, April 19 will be a lengthy day of deals, free live entertainment, and some food to keep everyone's energy up.

The lineup includes a mix of rock, soul, and more experimental groups from the local pool. K. Raydio (pictured above) and producer partner Psymun will perform.

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Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

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Black Diet is one of the bands performing at Hymie's Record Store Day Block Party

Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for the big day.

Hymie's Vintage Records typically goes all out for its grand celebration of both live and recorded music, and for the store's fourth annual Record Store Day Block Party on Saturday, April 19, the owners have planned their biggest event yet. In addition to the wide array of exclusive RSD releases on offer, Hymie's will be closing off 39th Avenue to host an outdoor music stage, which will feature performances by 14 fantastic local bands, including Black Diet, who will be celebrating their own album release that day.


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Twin Cities Record Store Day 2013 deals and specials roundup

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Record Store Day is like a religious holiday for audiophiles -- people who revel in digging through crates of vinyl, getting their fingers dusty paging through piles of records to find that one album that will complete their collection. It's also a day to help celebrate the local record store and appreciating what they contribute to the community.

This Saturday, get out early to support your local stores, and to help you find the exclusive deals, Gimme Noise has compiled a list specials and deals from stores around the Twin Cities.

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Solid Gold, Haley Bonar, Greg Grease among Minnesota musicians featured on free Record Store Day LP

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After Noiseland Industries' American Buffalo LP's became instant collectors' items following Record Store Day 2012, the Minneapolis boutique vinyl and CD manufacturer is once again set to deliver yet another reason to head out to your local record store on April 20. Noiseland will be distributing vinyl copies of American Buffalo, Volume 2, free of charge to those customers making qualifying purchases during Record Store Day 2013 at all three Electric Fetus locations, Hymies, Roadrunner, Eclipse, and Treehouse Records, as well as other participating independent record shops.

American Buffalo, Volume 2 is a limited-edition LP featuring a stellar assembly of Minnesota-based artists who are clients of Noiseland, with a few of the songs on the record -- from Mixed Blood Majority and the Murder of Crows -- being made available on vinyl for the very first time.

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Hüsker Dü to rerelease debut single for Record Store Day

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Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th.

The four songs were originally recorded to attract the attention of potential record labels, specifically Twin/Tone, who the band had planned on signing with. But when those efforts failed (as Twin/Tone signed the 'Mats instead), Hüsker Dü issued their debut single, the "Amusement/Statues" 7-inch, on Reflex Records, and scrapped the planned 10" release.

But now, all four tracks (including "Writer's Cramp" and "Let's Go Die") will all be issued on one release as originally intended, as part of a double seven-inch pressed exclusively for Record Store Day.

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Twin Cities Black Friday 2012 record store roundup

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As Record Store Day continues to gain momentum across the country, the cause is looking for new ways to expand their magnanimous efforts to get people to support local record shops during the rest of the year. One way to do that is to take back part of Black Friday for the brick and mortar record stores while steering music lovers away from big box retailers.

And this Black Friday, plenty of record stores in the area have something special planned, in addition to big sales as well as carrying the exclusive Record Store Day releases that are only available this Friday. So, instead of taking your well-earned money to a large retailer, why not do some browsing at a local record shop and buy some new music that will help you get you through the chaotic rush of this holiday season.

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Do Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?

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Collectors digging in the bins at Hymie's during Record Store Day 2011.
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A celebration of independent Twin City record stores

With Record Store Day upon us once more, it's a little hard to believe that this is only the event's fifth installment. The annual celebration of brick and mortar music retailers has turned into such an extravaganza, and feels so deeply embedded in the culture of the business, that it feels like it could easily have been going on twice as long.

This year, no doubt, will be bigger and better than ever, with stores across the Twin Cities pulling out all the stops on special releases, concerts, and a variety of other side shows, from beer gardens to clowns to face painting. Unquestionably, Record Store Day is the biggest day of the year for those who love crate-digging -- and, crucially, for the businesses themselves. But it also begs a question: Can these businesses survive without Record Store Day? And if so, do they need it?

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Record Store Day 2012: Twin Cities in-store events roundup

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In addition to the stellar, limited-edition vinyl that is released exclusively for Record Store Day, record shops throughout the Twin Cities and beyond have plenty of exciting in-store music events and specials planned to add to Saturday's RSD festivities.

Here's just a sampling of the outstanding events that are happening around town in coordination with every music fan's favorite day of the year, Record Store Day.



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Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup

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As excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertainment plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, which has a full day of great music and merriment planned for its second annual street festival for RSD.

The event will get underway in a grand fashion at 10:30 a.m., with a marching band (organized by Jackie Beckey of Brute Heart) and circus performers (featuring stilt walkers, jugglers, and a handful of clowns from Xelias Aerial Arts Studio) delightfully kicking off the festivities.

Hymie's is blocking off 39th Avenue South for the day, which will allow space for plenty of local artists (highlighted by poster artist D.Witt, ceramic artist Ben Krikava, as well as Rogue Citizen) and various community groups to set up on the street. And of course there will be music. Lots of music. Hymie's has 14 fantastic bands scheduled to appear both inside the shop and outside, which should keep everyone entertained as they browse through the limited-edition vinyl releases that are exclusive to Record Store Day.



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