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Record Store Day at Amoeba + The Record Parlour

By Devin Strecker

April 16, 2015

Vinyl aficionados rejoice! The Cahuenga Corridor in Hollywood is THE place to be this Saturday for Record Store Day! I’m not lying when I tell you that, as a child, I actually cried (I think) when I heard that records were going the way of the 8-track tape or the Dodo bird. If only I could have time traveled back and reassured myself, but in the late 80’s who would have believed that vinyl would be making such an amazing resurgence in 2015? In fact, according to Rolling Stone magazine, in 2014, vinyl had it’s best year in decades, selling 9.2 million units – a 51.8 percent increase over the previous year.

This Saturday, April 14, independent record stores across the world will celebrate Record Store Day, celebrating the vinyl culture and offering unique products from all types of musicians.

Amoeba Hollywood, 6400 Sunset Blvd., will hold exclusive RSD releases behind their front counters – the line will start forming on Ivar Ave. no later than 8:00 a.m. and the store will open at 10:30 a.m.  You will only have to wait in line if you plan to purchase any of the unique RSD titles.  Limited edition RSD 2015 shirts and totes will be available from noon until they run out (3 or 4 p.m.) with proceeds going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Lots of other fun stuff will be happening at Amoeba, so click here to get all the details.

Meanwhile, up the street at The Record Parlour, 6408 Selma Ave., the festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a special first-look at rare 40-year Jazz and Rock vinyl estate collection from philanthropist and writer Marshall Howard. At 2:00 p.m.. author Mike E. Spitz will do an in-store signing of his new book, “Record Store Book: Fifty Legendary and Iconic Places to Discover New and Used Vinyl.” Live music will begin at 4:00 p.m. featuring Isaac Rother and the Phantoms, Lee Bob and the Truth, and the Chicago blues of Big Jay McNeely and Rob Stone. More acts to be announced!

While you’re in Hollywood celebrating all things vinyl, don’t forget to stop by As The Record Turns, 6727 3/8 Hollywood Blvd., home of rare and collectible records; take your photo next to the iconic Capitol Records building at 1750 Vine Street (built to resemble a stack of records); and pay tribute to Wallach’s Music City, which was open from 1940-1978 at the corner of Sunset & Vine, where the “Celebrity Walgreens” now stands.

Devin Strecker serves as Director of Communications and Social Media for the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance.  He previously spent eight years working for the nearby Hollywood Media District BID.  He graduated from Fort Hays State University, near his hometown of Paradise, Kansas, with a degree in information networking and telecommunications.  He is a musician with his own band, Devin Tait and the Traitors.

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