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Mumbai | Record Store Day 2018: Vinyl records haven’t sung their swansong just yet: For a population now used to ‘music on click’ in a matter of seconds, the concept of a record player would sound almost as alien as floppy disks. And yet, despite decades of digital advancement in the music and sound industry, there is a growing set of people continuing to indulge in the tedious process of setting up the almost obsolete record player and giving it a listen. But why? What is so distinctive about the music coming from a vinyl player that compels people to indulge in the gruelling procedure of setting it up to listen to music? On the 11th Record Store Day, when the world “celebrate(s) the culture of the independently owned record store”, let’s try and decode why music connoisseurs prefer the historical vinyl over a practical hassle-free download/play.

North Dakota | Minot alive with music: Downtown businesses celebrate National Record Store Day: Driving down Main Street in downtown Minot on Saturday afternoon, the sound of live music being played could be heard from blocks away. Budget Music & Video downtown, along with other local businesses, came together with local artists to celebrate National Record Store Day. National Record Store Day began in 2007 to celebrate brick-and-mortar establishments that have always been a hub for musical discovery. Currently, there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. According to the Associated Press, the number of record stores is growing and sales of CDs and vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011.

Portland | Mainer’s crazy idea, Record Store Day, now in its 11th year: Music lovers are paying homage to their local record stores. Record Store Day, which is celebrated Saturday from coast to coast, celebrates the brick-and-mortar spot where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records. Chris Brown from Maine’s Bull Moose Music hatched the idea in 2007. Brown wanted something for record stores along the lines of Free Comic Book Day. The annual event is now in its 11th year with hundreds of stores participating. Record stores have something to cheer: The numbers of stores are growing and sales of CDs and vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011.

Newnan, GA | Record Store Day draws early crowd: A line stretched around the corner outside Vinylyte Records in downtown Newnan early Saturday morning, as customers prepared to celebrate Record Store Day along with other music lovers around the world. When the shop doors opened at 8 a.m., Rick Harrison of Newnan made a beeline for his wish list items: Old Metallica, new Jack White and a Led Zeppelin 7-inch. He was among the first to check out, but he wasn’t in any hurry to leave. “It’s a great place to hang out,” Harrison said. “The people who run the place and the people who come here are great, too.” Harrison fondly remembers his original record collection. “I had a lot of vinyl in my younger days, and I’m trying to build my collection back up,” he said.

UK | Record Store Day continues to impress vinyl lovers: The mega fans camped outside Assai in Broughty Ferry, packed out Le Freak in Dundee, crammed into Concorde in Perth and mobbed Mo’Fidelity in Montrose to make sure they were some of the first people in the country to pick up rare Record Store Day releases. One man, Kevin Henderson, lined up outside the Broughty Ferry Assai before 3am, to ensure he was able to pick up pressings of incredibly rare vinyl from David Bowie, U2 and Madonna. Top of Kevin’s list was a record limited to 983 copies worldwide by a Manchester band called The Waterfront – who later went on to become the Stone Roses. Such was the anticipation in Angus, the owners of Mo’Fidelity Records had to borrow a tea urn from Montrose FC so they could satisfy the demands of thirsty customers.

NYC | Record Store Day 2018: Here’s What Went Down During the New York Crawl: Record Store Day 2018 started off strong in Brooklyn on Saturday (April 21) with the third annual Record Store Day Crawl. The vinyl-enthusiast event began with a breakfast buffet (the highlight once again being the French toast sticks) and morning drinks at Baby’s All Right, providing crawlers with energy to power through the day of crate diving for exclusives. The crawl included four destinations: HiFi Records, Academy Records Annex, Halcyon, and Rough Trade. For those who didn’t spend the internationally celebrated holiday being bused in style from one record store to the next, here’s a breakdown of what happened.

UK | World Record Store Day proves a real hit: Hundreds of vinyl lovers ascended on Cumbria’s record shops to share in their love for music. Hundreds of vinyl lovers ascended on Cumbria’s record shops to share in their love for music. Queues of music lovers could be seen waiting outside Replay in Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal to open on Saturday – to mark World Record Store Day. The Vinyl Cafe on Abbey Street in Carlisle city centre, also played host to its second “Record Store Day”, which was aimed at showcasing the very best of vinyl. Nathan Williams, who co-owns Replay in Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal, said: “This was a massive day for us at Replay. Lots of preparation takes place to make sure that all goes well on the day and thereafter. The day will bring people from all over Cumbria.

Indianapolis | Record Store Day acts set off musical fireworks at Indianapolis shops: After the first time Jilly Weiss hurtled herself into a drum kit Saturday (it happened twice) the Record Store Day performance space behind Luna Music became a snarl of guitar and microphone cords, power strips, a tambourine and a bullhorn at her feet. These add up to things to amplify the performance of Weiss and her band, Service. But the singer’s inherent rock ’n’ roll spirit is more than enough to electrify an audience. The 11th edition of Record Store Day attracted big crowds at three shops that presented live music as part of the cultural/consumer holiday. Service wasn’t the only act to come out swinging on Record Store Day, which has become a prestigious gig for Indianapolis musicians.

Mobile | National Record Store Day: A national holiday celebrating nostalgia took place on Sage Road in Mobile on Saturday. It was national record store day. All across the country, locally owned records stores sold classic vinyl and rare collectibles. At Mobile Record store, the rush started early Saturday morning with hundreds lining up outside the door. They came for one dollar records and single release albums only available on Record Store Day. The owner of the store, Keith Glass said, “Record buying knows no specific generation, kids of all ages are now buying records.” Mobile Records sold thousands of records on Saturday.Glass said, “Today is bigger than Christmas for us.”

UK | Brighton’s local independent record shops celebrate Record Store Day: Saturday 21st April has been a very important date in the music calendar for many people up and down the country and even internationally as it was annual Record Store Day. This is a celebration of the culture of the independently owned record shop. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores right across the world. A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, with a unique list of releases for each country, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. The event began in the United States and remains headquartered there. Record Store Day has official international organizers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and Spain

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