It seems like the majority of holidays these days exist for the sole purpose of playing on Americans' addiction to buying pointless things and feeding the hungrier-than-ever corporate beast. But not Record Store Day.
Each year on 4/20, appropriately aligned with another of our more noble national holidays (duh, Marijuana Appreciation Day), record stores, record labels, musicians, and music lovers join together to honor, celebrate, and support a gasping animal -- your good ol' local record shop.
If there's one thing we can all appreciate, it's a free beverage, but especially when it's our favorite kinds of beverages -- coffee and beer -- generously provided by Brew Urban Cafe and Gramps Bar in Miami. The libations will be flowing freely all day long this year at Record Store Day. And don't worry -- no one will care if you decide to skip the java altogether and start your holiday with an ice cold beer.
2. Live Music
Since Record Store Day is all about supporting local music, why not show yours by coming out for some of your local favorites? Among the live acts set to perform this year are Jacuzzi Boys, Shroud Eater, and Suede Dudes, with more to be announced as the date approaches. Chilled-out beat maker Millionyoung will also provide tunes during a DJ set, along with local causers of booty-shaking DJs Benton, Kems, and Lumin.
3. Exclusive Record Store Day Releases
Apart from all the awesome merchandise you'll be able to purchase from the store and outdoor marketplace, including two-for-one Iron Forge Press posters and thousands of fresh secondhand LPs pulled from the warehouse, Radio-Active will also have limited-edition and exclusive releases available specially for Record Store Day 2013.
RSD2013 attendees can look forward to giveaways throughout the day from places like Clarks Originals, Kanine Records, Limited Fanfare Records, Revolution Live, Stray Rats Clothing, and more, in addition to raffles for cool stuff like a portable record player from Numark Industries, concert tickets, and autographed LPs from the XX, Jacuzzi Boys, Millionyoung, and others.
5. Photo Booth Fun
This is definitely a moment you're going to want to remember forever, even if you won't necessarily remember it all. So squeeze yourself, your friends, and your day's proudest purchases into the photo booth for a commemorative snapshot. You probably won't have this much good-natured, independent-music-focused, free fun for another year, until Record Store Day 2014 rolls around.