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TTK: Record Store Reckoning 

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Digital may be king, but vinyl records have been making a quiet comeback in the audiophile community. From 2011 to 2012, sales increased by 52 percent, accelerating a five-year year-on-year sales increases. Is it a coincidence that six years ago, Record Store Day launched with the goal of championing local music outlets and distributing special collector-coveted releases?


In any case, collectors will be out en masse this Saturday as local music shops open their doors, offer special releases and pass out tchotchkes to music lovers. DJs and a scavenger hunt are on the schedule at Indy CD & Vinyl. LUNA Music plans to hand out 45" adapter spindles to the first 25 folks in line. Find a full list of participating stores online, as well as a full list of special releases - from hipster-archivist favorites like Big Star and Husker Du to bands with broad fan bases like Bon Jovi and Mumford & Sons. And for those anticipating one Beatle's upcoming visit to Indianapolis, there's a perfect 12".

Another new release to look for is a 7" picture disk of David Bowie's Drive-In Saturday. It's the 40th anniversary, after all. Here's a good live version of it from back in the day.

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Kirsten has written for a number of online outlets, a handful of nonprofits and a mighty little food truck. She was raised by a writer-photographer-editor and an engineer, both lovers of museums and books. In her spare time, she dances to vinyl records with her husband, son and two cats.

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