Honoring vinyl: Connecticut retailers celebrate Record Store Day


If you plan on stopping by your local record store on Saturday, leave your iPhones, iPods and MP3 players at home.

That’s because the new music being released that day is all about the grooves — namely, the ones etched in glossy vinyl records.

Connecticut retailers will once again celebrate Record Store Day, a national holiday celebrating independent record stores, as well as a time-honored medium — vinyl — on Saturday, April 20.

As part of the festivities, David Bowie, Mumford & Sons, MGMT, Pulp, R.E.M., At The Drive In, The XX, Soundgarden and a bevy of additional artists will release limited-edition vinyl records to be sold exclusively at independent retailers (for a full list of special releases, go here). Several record stores will host live in-store music performances as well.

“Each year, this event gets bigger and more fun,” said John Konrad, the longtime proprietor of Johnny’s Records in Darien. “As supporters of Record Store Day, we’ve received a large amount of swag to give away.”

Check out these participating Connecticut shops, and what they have planned for Record Store Day:

Performing in store at noon: P.J. Pacifico

Performing in store beginning at 3 p.m.: Shawn Persinger, Richie Scarlet with Russ Wilson,        Malcolm Tent, The Shoutbacks

Performing in store beginning at 2 p.m.: Sam Perduta (Elison Jackson), Goodnight Blue Moon, Isaac Young Duo, John Fries & Corina Malbaurn, Sidewalk Dave, Horns of Ormus, Fatal Film, Bedroom Rehab Corporation


Scott Gargan