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Local Retailers Gear Up For Record Store Day

Of the Oakland Press

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Billy O’Keefe recalls that Record Store Day 2008 was “as good for us as Christmas was” at his Rock-A-Billy’s music store in Utica. So, not surprisingly, he and other independent retailers around the country and the world are pleased that a sequel is taking place on Saturday (April 18).

And this year, notes O’Keefe — a board member of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS) — the celebration is likely to be even bigger and better.

“The (record) labels are more supportive this year,” he notes. “We proved ourselves last year, I think. I had people in line before we opened. So this year the (companies) are helping a lot more and coming out with more stuff for us, which is great.”

Among the Record Store Day exclusive releases this year are special vinyl singles from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Slayer, Kings of Leon, Brandi Carlile and Leonard Cohen, a live CD by Derek Trucks and 12-inch vinyl samplers. Artists such as Carlile, Chris Cornell, Shinedown, Lamb of God, Manchester Orchestra, Dengue Fever and others will be performing and signing autographs in certain cities as well.

Rock-A-Billy’s, at 8411 Hall Road, has the most extensive plans of the Detroit independent retailers. It will host performances by Detroit rock legend Rodriguez (at 5 p.m.) and the Silent Years (7 p.m.) as well as signings by Alesana, Fear Before and I Set My Friends on Fire. The store will also have special sale prices on much of its merchandise. Call (586) 731-0188 or visit www.rocka billys.com.

DJs — including Volume Unit Sound System, Jefferson, Teamaaron and Whodat — will spin all day at Street Corner Music, 17620 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills. The store will also take 33 percent off its used merchandise. Owners will also be officially announcing their move to a new location on Greenfield Road between 10 and 11 Mile roads, next to Book Beat. Call (248) 644-4777 or visit www.streetcornermusic.com.

Other stores are eschewing performances and simply going for sales specials. “We’re just celebrating the reason we’re here, which is our customers,” says Mike Himes of Record Time, 27360 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. His store will be discounting new items, used music, VHS tapes and used 45s. It will have some used vinyl albums available for as little as 10 cents and clearance CDs for as little as 25 percent. Call (586) 775-1550 or visit www. recordtime.com.

Dearborn Music, 22000 Michigan Ave., meanwhile, will offer 25 percent off its used items and 20 percent off new vinyl releases. Call (313) 561-1000 or visit www. dearbornmusic.com.

More information on Record Store Day activities is available at www.recordstoreday.com.

Web Site: www.recordstoreday.com

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