AP NEWS

Local Shops Ready To Celebrate Record Store Day With Vinyl And More

April 10, 2019

Record Store Day has evolved into an international phenomenon since its creation in 2008.

Every year, thousands of people go to local independent record stores across the country to enjoy live music, food and drinks, exclusive releases and much more. This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 13.

Businesses such as Embassy Vinyl , 352 Adams Ave., Scranton, look forward to the annual event, which has become an important shopping day. In the age of digital music, people going out and buying physical copies of CDs and vinyl records keeps the records stores open, alive and well.

R.J. Harrington, owner of Embassy Vinyl, described it as a day for anyone with a love and passion for music and an opportunity for music lovers to celebrate their shared interests.

“Get out in your surroundings,” Harrington said. “Just get out and look at stuff, even if you don’t buy anything.”

His downtown store, which opens at 10 a.m. that day, will offer giveaways, merchandise, stickers, shirts and a selection of free records to choose from. There also will be a raffle for a chance to win turntables.

With exclusive Record Store Day titles from the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Lennon and the Grateful Dead, “there will be something for everyone,” Harrington said.

Meanwhile, Gallery of Sound — with locations at 237 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, and 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre — has plenty planned for the big day as well.

Owner Joe Nardone Jr. is set to release a Record Store Day exclusive that serves as a tribute to his own dad. Nardone will resurrect some of his father’s work as part of Joe Nardone’s All Stars for a seven-inch red vinyl record with a full picture sleeve under the title “Shake a Hand.”

Another release of local note will be a rare recording of Emerson, Lake & Palmer from a show that previously was only available on CD in a boxed set. “Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 8th July 1972” will be a sought-after find pressed on yellow-and-brown vinyl.

Both Gallery of Sound stores will be open at 8 a.m. on Record Store Day and collectively have more than 400 exclusive releases for the day, mostly as vinyl records but also including the debut of a mini record player, as well as giveaways of stickers, bags, tickets, music and other swag. Susquehanna Brewing Co. will set up a beer garden with an exclusive Record Store Day beer at the Wilkes-Barre shop. Shoppers are encouraged to line up early for exclusive and limited releases.

There also will be 12 bands playing between both Gallery of Sound stores, including Joe Burke, American Buffalo Ghost and James Barrett.

The annual celebration is more than just a good time — it’s a critical part of small business success, Nardone noted.

“Record Store Day saved the industry of selling records,” he said. “People like to collect things and show off their collections, and people like to sit at their homes and play the records and appreciate the artwork.”

Nearby in Luzerne County, Musical Energi at 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, will extend Record Store Day into an two-day weekend event, opening Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday, April 14, at noon. The store will feature more than 400 releases, including the mini record player, and have giveaways of merchandise such as slipmats, records, bags, CDs and more.

DJs Matt R and Odd Pocket Selector and artists such as Brendan Brisk, Tori V and Simple Doria will provide live entertainment and music. There also will be a raffle to win gift cards and other merchandise, plus discounts and specials all day. For more information and updates, visit the store’s Facebook page.

“This is probably going to be the best one yet. I think the releases are really good this year,” said Musical Energi owner Jay Notartomaso. “A lot of good stuff (is) coming out. Everybody has their favorites, but I’m really excited.”

Contact the writer: johearn@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9127

PATRICE WILDING, staff writer, contributed to this report.

Blast from the past

Read more about the 1972 Emerson, Lake & Palmer performance in Long Pond that features in a special Record Store Day album in Time Warp, page G13.