Celebrated by over 700 independent music retailers in the U.S. and hundreds more worldwide, Record Store Day, now in its third year, continues to delight shoals of audiophiles, herds of vinyl nerds and scores of live-music connoisseurs. This year brings plenty of local record shop happenings (below) and some great Record Store Day special releases at (right).
The flagship of Music City's fleet of independent record shops, Grimey's hosts the biggest Record Store Day blowout of all. Last year there was little room to breathe — much less shop for records — but get there early and you might find some deals and some fine live jams. This year's lineup includes American Bang; a "Clem Snide cover band" featuring Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay; Daniel Pujol; Bows and Arrows; and The Coolin' System. Each act is releasing a special Record Store Day 7-inch. John Cowan and Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp grads How Cozy will also perform.
Downstairs at The Basement, there will be screenings of the new Mountain Goats film The Life of the World to Come and The T.A.M.I. Show — which features performances from Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and more — plus the brand-new Jack Rose/Glenn Jones DVD, The Things That We Used to Do. Yazoo Brewery, Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box, Grand Palace Silkscreen, Boss Construction and others will also be on hand. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. (1604 Eighth Ave. S.)
With stores on Broadway and Charlotte Avenue, The Great Escape will be hosting sales and giveaways at both locations. In addition to all sorts of freebies — stickers, posters, pins and sundry merchandise — there will be a 50-cent LP sale and 25 percent discount on all used vinyl. (1925 Broadway and 5400 Charlotte Ave.)
Not to be outdone by their west-side counterparts, East Nashville's The Groove will also host an all-day event in the heart of Five Points, featuring music, comedy, food from the Mas Tacos truck, snowcones from The Jolly Rogue and crates of great records both inside and out. This year's event will be emceed by East Nashville poet laureate Chris Crofton, and will feature performances from Tallest Trees, Tristen, Hans Condor, Crofton performing as the Alcohol Stuntman, The Distribution, Illnana, Danger and the Steel Cut Oats, The Outlaw Lovers, The Grayces and Emmylou Harris. Yes, you read that last name correctly. The day will include a raffle for a guitar autographed by Harris, courtesy of nearby Fanny's House of Music. All new merchandise will be marked down 15 percent, and all used items will be 25 percent off. (103 South 11th St.)
Half of The Raconteurs— Brendan Benson and Patrick Keeler — will perform as The Racontwoers (Racon-two-ers, get it?), to mark the re-release of their on-hiatus band's debut, Broken Boy Soldiers. BBQ and popsicles will be on hand, and an auction will benefit Nashville Homeless Mission. (623 Seventh Ave. S.)
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