Record Store Day

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Record stores around the country will be participating in the 11th annual Record Store Day today.

A boxed set of a 1969 Grateful Dead concert is expected to be one of the most sought-after releases for Record Store Day. The list of more than 400 new or limited edition titles includes everything from a 1956 performance by Ella Fitzgerald to the soundtrack for the “Spongebob Squarepants” musical.

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THE EARNEST TUBE

A Cleveland recording engineer -- who’s concerned about human rights -- is putting together a retro fundraiser for the ACLU of Ohio.

Clint Holley has recorded about three dozen artists in the past year directly to disk – no tape, no computers. Now, he has commissioned ten of his friends in the Northeast Ohio music scene to contribute to the album “Analog Rebellion.”

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Over the weekend, hundreds of musicians offered special vinyl releases for the 10th Annual Record Store Day. And some of those shiny black disks were pressed right here in Northeast Ohio. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia has more on how those records are made.

“We’ll turn our helium on here,” says Dave Polster. He isn’t a dentist, and he’s not filling balloons. He’s a mastering engineer, and he’s getting ready to cut a lacquer at Well Made Music in Cleveland.

Square Records in Akron
Joe Wallace

The region’s record stores are stocking their shelves for one big day this month. April 22 is Record Store Day, an annual event that gives a boost to independent vinyl shops across the country.

In this week’s Shuffle, Cleveland Scene Magazine music writer Jeff Niesel  talks about the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day: 

Vinyl sales increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2016. And Niesel says Record Store Day has helped fuel the surge.