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Absolute Records opens at 10 a.m. for Record Store Day on Saturday.

Record Store Day, Saturday, April 26, is coming up fast for vinyl lovers everywhere, and Boulder shops sound like they’re stacking their shelves and bins with special finds to celebrate.

After moving to a better and bigger location on Arapahoe, in the retail center next to Ozo’s Coffee (where I’m writing this) and Snarf’s, Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo owner Doug Gaddy has a full day of free music, giveaways and even Kung Fu demonstrations all set to greet his customers.

Gaddy’s calling it a Three Ring Circus Record Store Day Celebration.

Record Day, now promoted across the world, is even bigger than his Christmas sales, Gaddy says. You think he’s excited? Gaddy says he’s stocking about “1,000 fresh titles (LPs)” and will host guest bands Whiskey Blanket and The Yawpers along with four other bands.

Trent Davol, owner of Pica’s restaurant in the same retail center, will be taking part, too, with Monocle (folk rock) playing at 5:30 p.m. and the Jamesons (folk rock/alternative country) playing at 6:30 p.m.

The music lineup at Vinyl is Whiskey Blanket (alternative hip hop), 1 p.m.; The Yawmpers (roots rocks), 2:30 p.m.; and the Alright Band (rock) at 4 p.m.

After the music at Pica’s, Dave Mead, Kurt Bauer and Steve Gordon in Modern Synthetic Chemistry will be start up at Vinyl.

Boulder-based record label, Adventure Records, home of The Yawpers, as well as Radio 1190 also will be on hand with give-aways.

Throw in a live art demonstration with audience participation by Anthony Moulton and it’s a pretty full day for Absolute Vinyl.

Other record stores around Boulder will be celebrating too, with Albums on the Hill offering special releases of both vinyl and CDs, and Bart’s Music Shack, located at 236 Pearl St., filling up its shelves, too.

You can find fan pages on Facebook for all three of the record stores, where they’re announcing plans for the big day.

So get out there Saturday and support your local record stores. After almost becoming an extinct species from the digital download storm, many of the vinyl stores around the country and especially here in Boulder seem to be surviving.

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The new Bart's Music Shack is located at 236 Pearl St., several blocks west of the prime Boulder downtown Pearl Street mall but worth finding the location for good vinyl and used CDs.


Watch for this small yellow sign pointing you to the parking lot location of Bart's Music Shack.

It's not real easy to find unless you know where it's at, but the reborn Bart's Music Shack at 236 Pearl St. is worth discovering if you like vintage vinyl as well as used CDs and music DVDs.

Bart Stinchcomb is back selling vinyl at this small outlet off Pearl Street, but now you can watch for the yellow sign on the street directing you in. The one-room store is located in the parking lot behind Borg Real Estates, and when I visited, music was being quietly piped outside, where there's also a few seats if you want to browse but maybe take along your lunch. A large CD sign sits outside as well.

The owner of Bart's CD Cellar, Value Music Concepts, closed one of the city's best music shops earlier this year, and that prime downtown site is being renovated for a new coffee shop by Ozo's Coffee, which has a popular coffee shop east on Arapaho Avenue. 

The new store is not nearly as big as the former CD Cellar, but still well organized with vinyl and CDs listed by music category and artist names. Prices seemed reasonable for several of the albums I looked at, although I didn't notice a "bargain bin" with lower-priced possibilities.

Boulder still has Albums on the Hill near the CU university and the newer Absolute Vinyl, which shares space with Little Horse Books, on North Broadway. And the Beat Book Shop also carries some vinyl on East Pearl. 


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Doug Gaddy, owner of Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo in North Boulder, asked for some help in getting the word out on a concert of some young bands as well as a way to help a good cause.

Doug and his wife Annie have been supporting the Shanti's Children Foundation, a small nonprofit that now helps to send about 40 disadvantaged kids to school in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal. Now Doug's helping to promote a concert by Orange Free State, a band he describes as "infectious and danceable" and another band, Stellar Atlas. The concert benefits the good work being done in Nepal.

The concert will be at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19 at Astroland, a DIY concert venue at 4415 N. Broadway in Boulder across the street from Doug's vinyl store. Doug says both bands are being looked at by some record labels, so the concert is helping to showcase their talent. Tickets are just $5 at the door.

There's a small get-together before-concert gathering at Absolute Vinyl, with some snacks, drinks and of course, tunes played on the store's turntables. No digital iPods allowed (well, actually I made up that rule.)

If you haven't been to Absolute Vinyl, which shares space with Little Horse Books, be sure and stop in some time, especially if you like to browse through some great albums. Doug says he's putting out more and more LPs over the next few weeks, so get over there before the good ones are gone.



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