We've been getting all kinds of excited for Record Store Day over here at Reverb, as I'm sure you've noticed. And we dedicated most of the space in the music section of today's paper to Saturday's annual event in which bands and labels make releases available exclusively at the nation's independent retailers. Here's what we've got:
Mike Shultz Jesse Sykes, at home with her treasures.
-- An essay from singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes: "Even the Luddite in me must admit that exposure to music is what matters -- not whether you discover it on vinyl or mp3."
-- Devo's Gerald V. Casale talks the band's RSD release, Live In Seattle 1981: "The most important musical events in my life center around vinyl, when an artist actually did a body of work and you'd listen to the whole album beginning to end and took it seriously."
-- Of Monsters and Men's Bryndis Hilmarsdottir tell the sad story behind "Sinking Man": "He was in love with the wrong girl, and the Mafia came and threw him in the ocean."
-- Ryan Adams blesses Rachel Bell (and the rest of us): "I liked him before 2006, but I've loved him ever since. That was the year he blessed me."
-- Gwendolyn Elliott runs down Record Store Day's local offerings: "Call ahead with any questions, and if there's a band you really want to see, show up early!