April 21 is Record Store Day

By on April 18, 2018

Nathaniel Kinsey of the Record Connection in Ephrata stands among just a few of the thousands of records that the shop has in stock. (Photos by Missi Mortimer)



Audiophiles rejoice!

Record Store Day, which celebrates the culture and passion of collecting and listening to vinyl records, will take place April 21.

Each year, employees, customers, and artists alike join together and celebrate the unique culture and importance of the record store and the role they play in their respective communities. The inaugural event took place ten years ago, on April 19, 2008, and was an immediate success.

Since then, countless stores all across the country have participated. Recently we chatted with several representatives from music stores in our area who are participating in the day-long celebration this year.

First is Nathanial Kinsey, a familiar employee from the Record Connection in Ephrata, who is very excited about the upcoming day and shared with us his top three favorite albums.

  1. “Pinewood Smile” The Darkness

“I’ve loved The Darkness since they came out in 2003,” he said. “They really are the greatest rock act of the 21st century and this latest album doesn’t disappoint. It delivers more of their patented hard rock swagger with plenty of hooks and humor to spare.”

  1. “Black Smoke Rising” Greta Van Fleet

“These guys are all just young kids, 18-22 years old channelling the spirit of Led Zeppelin, need I say more?” said Kinsey. “It’s refreshing that there’s young people playing real instruments instead of a computer.”

  1. “In Orbit” Kurt Baker Combo

“Besides hard rock, power pop is my other favorite genre and Kurt Baker delivers,” Kinsey says. “He’s a little bit Elvis Costello, a little bit Flamin Groovies and a little bit Ramones.”

On Record Store Day, The Record Connection is offering 10 percent off purchases as well as free promotional items while they last.

Ben Hartranft, owner of Lititz Music Co., holds three albums that he is particularly fond of inside his downtown shop.

Lititz Music Co. is also an official particpating location this year, and owner Ben Harntraft took some time to share his current top three album picks.

  1. “On The Beach” Neil Young

“I like this because it was recorded during a time when his song writing in my opinion was at its peak,” Hartranft says. “It’s a raw album and not polished in seemingly any way which I think is partly why I love it so much.”

  1. “Pet Sounds” The Beach Boys

“I love this album for the same reason everyone else does. It was a u-turn from their surfer style into something more serious,” he said. “I like that it makes me feel like a kid growing up in the 60s. My favorite track is ‘God Only Knows’ because it makes me think of my wife.”

  1. “Binaural” Pearl Jam

“It’s hard to find a Pearl Jam record that I don’t love, but this one is a gem because of ‘Light Years’ and ‘Soon Forget,” he says. “Both songs are relatively simple as far as composition, but the lyrics really stand out when you listen to them. The rest of the album is very strong with a good mix of rockin’ and subdued tunes. It’s a must have for roads trips.”

To commemorate the day, Lititz Music Co. will have thousands of 45 r.p.m. records for sale at $1 each. They’ll also offer an expanded $1 and $2 section for 33 r.p.m records, and many official Record Store Day limited releases.

Visit recordstoreday.com for a full list of exclusive releases scheduled for April 21.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423.

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