In the Culture story on this page, we give you a rundown of what exclusive releases a few Record Exchangers are looking forward to as they celebrate the seventh annual Record Store Day Saturday, April 19. We need to clarify two things: 1.) the staff at The Record Exchange made it clear that regardless of how much they might want one (or 20) of the 400 titles available, customers get first choice; and 2.), at The Record Exchange, Record Store Day is a misnomer. It's a Record Store Weekend.
Festivities kick off Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. with a rockin' in-store performance by St. Paul and the Broken Bones presented by 94.9 FM The River and your favorite independent, locally owned alt-weekly newspaper. Friday, April 18, at 6 p.m., the party continues with beer, pizza, a screening of the documentary Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop, a preview of some of the RSD exclusives and, at 6:30 p.m., a Q&A with store owner Michael Bunnell. You can also enter a raffle to win great prizes, including five spots at the front of the line on Saturday morning.
Then on Saturday, The Record Exchange Gift Shop opens at 8 a.m. and will provide free coffee and Guru Donuts for the line-standing diehards waiting for The Record Exchange's 9 a.m. opening. As a bonus, the first 25 diehards in line will get vouchers that net them a free gift bag with purchase--and one of those bags will have a $50 gift card inside. Outside the store, Go Listen Boise will have a bake sale and buskers.
And throughout the whole weekend, Boise Bicycle Project will provide free bike parking and anyone who rides a bike to The Record Exchange April 17-20 will be eligible to win a BBP/Record Store Day prize package.
More info on Record Store Day/Weekend is available at recordexchange.com.
In other multimedia news, we have added Mixtape to our boiseweekly.com blogs, so we can let readers know about some of the new CDs, DVDs and books that are sent to BWHQ for review but which we don't have the bandwidth to explore.