April 18, 2013

Cue the fans and the bands: Saturday is Record Store Day

An estimated 1,700 independent record stores will be participating this year.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Dark Hollow Bottling Company will perform live on Record Store Day at Bull Moose stores in Maine.

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RECORD STORE DAY

WHEN: Saturday

WHERE: About 1,700 independent record stores around the world, celebrating with in-store performances and by selling hundreds of special Record Store Day releases

HOW MUCH: Free, unless you buy something

INFO: For a list of participating stores by state, and for a look at some of the 350 special releases coming out, go to recordstoreday.com.

WHAT'S IN STORE?

HERE'S A LIST of the live, in-store performances at Bull Moose Music stores across Maine on Saturday as part of Record Store Day. Most are local artists. For more information on the shows, go to bullmoose.com.

• Bangor, 683 Hogan Road: Dead Season, 2 p.m.

Brunswick, 151 Maine St.: Toughcats, 1:30 p.m.

Lewiston, 20 East Ave.: Beyond the Fall, 2 p.m.

Portland, 151 Middle St.: Phantom Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Sanford, 1364 Main St.: Nice Places, 4 p.m.

Scarborough, 456 Payne Road: Doors drummer John Densmore signs copies of his book "The Doors Unhinged," 2 p.m.

South Portland, 219 Waterman Drive: Spencer Albee, 4 p.m.; Worried Well, 6 p.m.

Waterville, 80 Elm Plaza: Rustic Overtones, 7 p.m. Friday; Chris Ross, 4 p.m. Saturday

Windham, 771 Roosevelt Trail: Dark Hollow Bottling Company, noon

Portsmouth, N.H., 82-86 Congress St.: ZipGun Bomber, 2 p.m.; The Connection, 3 p.m.Top: A special Record Store Day release from Between the Buried and Me. Below: Dark Hollow Bottling Company, Rustic Overtones, Toughcats and Spencer Albee will perform live on Record Store Day at Bull Moose stores in Maine.

"Chris and Bull Moose have been so integral in this that I've always wanted to be there for at least one of these events," he said.

Kurtz says the number of stores participating and the number of special releases put out by labels has increased every year that Record Store Day has been held. Although there will be 350 special releases this year, the number of copies being shipped specifically for Record Store Day is about a million units, mostly on vinyl.

"That's a pretty significant number," Kurtz said.

Some of the interesting special releases coming out for Record Store Day this year, as highlighted by Brown at Bull Moose, include:

Mumford & Sons: "Live at Bull Moose" -- The hottest act in rock right now started its U.S. tour last year with a short set at Bull Moose Scarborough, resulting in this live EP that will be available on vinyl and CD.

Sigur Ros: "Agaetis Byrjun" -- There are only about 1,000 copies of this reissue, originally released in 2001.

Los Straightjackets and Freddy Cannon: "The Sox are Rockin" -- This song, with lyrics about the Red Sox. pairs pioneering New England rocker Cannon, best known for the 1962 hit "Palisades Park," with Los Straightjackets, best known for wearing Mexican wrestling masks.

The Band: "The Last Waltz" -- A three-LP set from The Band's farewell concert and film in 1976. Reportedly, it's all analog.

The Flaming Lips: "Zaireeka" -- A four-LP set that requires four turntables playing at once to hear it properly. Bull Moose is trying to set up a demonstration at one of its stores, but details aren't yet set.

Paul McCartney & Wings: "Maybe I'm Amazed (Live)" -- A replica of a 12-inch promotional single that was sent to radio stations in 1976 to promote the "Wings Over America" album.

Fela Kuti: "Sorrow, Tears, and Blood" -- Reissue of an LP previously only available in Nigeria.

The Mumford & Sons release is a big deal in Maine not only because it was recorded here, but because you can see Mainers on the cover art.

John Giard of Auburn was at the Mumford Bull Moose show with his son, Max. But he had no idea they'd be part of any cover art until recently, when Giard saw a Tweet from Bull Moose that included the EP.

"At first, I didn't know what it was. And then I said, 'Wait, that's me,' " said Giard. "We're both pretty excited about it." 

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

rrouthier@pressherald.com

 

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A special Record Store Day release from Between the Buried and Me.

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