Local shops prepare for Record Store Day

Electric Kitsch located at 917 Washington Avenue Bay City, Michigan 48708 prepares for Record Store Day on April 22, 2017. (Delta Collegiate/ Allie Keenan)

Electric Kitsch located at 917 Washington Avenue Bay City, Michigan 48708 prepares for Record Store Day on April 22, 2017. (Delta Collegiate/ Allie Keenan)

By Allie Keenan, staff reporter.

As technology progresses, the nostalgia of some items keep the memories of the past alive. Sound was a major turning point in history and it continues to improve to the point that inspires people to seek out the album’s most desired. Today, people long to keep the music alive and well as long as relive the memories that their grandparents, or parents, experienced all so well.

Record Store Day was founded in 2007 to honor independent record stores. The first Record Store Day was on April 19, 2008, and featured new vinyl releases, merchandise and other nostalgic pieces for sale. In order to receive all of the organization’s benefits, local record stores are asked to apply to get the records released only on Record Store Day. The list of records being released can be found here.

This year, Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 22. Here are the Record Store Day celebrations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

BAY CITY

Electric Kitsch is set to offer limited amounts of various materials on the annual Record Store Day. With their first Record Store Day being in 2013, Bay City has learned the ropes all too well.

Jordan Pries, owner of Electric Kitsch, says his favorite Record Store Day memory was seeing a massive line outside the local record store.

“We didn’t know what to expect, so we got to the store early, and then we saw the line. It was crazy,” says Pries.

Pries adds that the materials they will receive will be “better quantity of limited stuff.” He also predicts that the anticipated albums will be the Space Jam soundtrack, Grateful Dead and Dave Matthews Band.

Jordan Pries explains that the best thing about albums is the facts that you can bring the music home with you.

“The technology of [albums] has grown to where you can record something that was happening at that moment. You can capture the moment and then relisten to those moments,” Pries says.

Pries also refers to going to a record store as “treasure hunting” and adds that it is “hard to find something that’s 50 years old in nice shape.”

Electric Kitsch is open on Record Store Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 917 Washington Ave., Bay City, Michigan. For more information visit www.electrickitsch.com or call (989) 402-1411.

SAGINAW

Located in the heart of Saginaw, Records and Tapes Galore have been open since December 1974 with 43 years in business. They are offering deals on the many records, color vinyl and picture discs on the annual Record Store Day.

Records and Tapes Galore encourages customers to come early in order to get the best selection on the variety of records. They also have other specials on many items.

According to their Facebook page, they “are excited about Record Store Day [and] will be offering a free heavy duty record sleeve with each Record Store Day LP purchased.”

Records and Tapes Galore is open on Record Store Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 1303 Court St., Saginaw, Michigan. For more information visit Records and Tapes Galore’s Facebook page or call (989) 793-1777.

MIDLAND

Radio Wasteland Records is set to celebrate their first Record Store Day being open since January 2017. Although they missed the deadline to apply for the benefits of Record Store Day, there will still be multiple vinyl for sale and new releases.

Radio Wasteland Records will host two acoustic musical performances on Record Store Day. Stephanie Terpening performs from noon to 2 p.m., followed by Brett Mitchell from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Jim Gleason, owner of Radio Wasteland Records, says in a press release: “We are really honored that these two talented musicians agreed to play at Radio Wasteland Records to celebrate our first participation in Record Store Day.”

Gleason adds that there will be cloth record bags given to the first 200 people who purchase items on Record Store Day. They also have posters, promotional merchandise and albums that will be given away throughout the day.

“We are very excited to be a part of this great event,” says Gleason.

Bill Young, president of the Michigan Record Club, adds in the press release: “The addition of Radio Wasteland Records completes the Great Lakes Bay Region’s ‘Vinyl Triangle’ and gives collectors and music lovers another outlet for finding their favorite records.”

Radio Wasteland Records is open on Record Store Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The store is located at 718 George St., Midland, Michigan. For more information visit www.radiowasteland.net or call (989) 486-9400.

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