Celebrating record stores as part of the second annual National Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, should be a no-brainer for Southern Californians. After all, the region is the undisputed center of the vinyl industry, with RTI, Rainbo and Erika all pressing vinyl for the country's best labels, and with Stoughton Printing in Industry being the leader in beautiful LP sleeves.
In this week's issue, Nikki Darling honors the contributions that record stores provide for musicians: paychecks that they're not making by being musicians. If you're out and about running errands and want to toss some of your $$ to record stores, we're providing a list of area retailers after the jump. If you're at Coachella, a bunch of bands will be hanging at the on site record store and signing autographs.
Among the artists who will swing by the Coachella store over the course of the weekend to say hey:
FRIDAY: Ting Tings, The Airborne Toxic Event, NASA, Noah and the Whale, White Lies, Los Campesinos, Silversun Pickups, Dear and the Headlights, Junior Boys, Aggrolites, Franz Ferdinand, Steve Aoki, Cage the Elephant
SATURDAY: Atmosphere, Booker T, Bob Mould, James Morrison, Amanda Palmer, Glasvegas, Blitzen Trapper, Zizek Club, Ida Maria, The Clipse, Electric Touch
SUNDAY: The Knux, Late of the Pier, The Kills, Peter Bjorn & John, The Mexican Inst. Of Sound, K'Naan, Friendly Fires, The Gaslight Anthem, No Age, Fucked Up
A ton of hip bands, DJs and songwriters are offering limited edition releases to participating record stores. You'll only be able to get this stuff at the stores (or on eBay for much more in the months and years to come) in the area. Those are:
Fingerprints (Long Beach)
Sound Spectrum (Laguna Beach)
V.I.P. Records (Long Beach)