Vinyl lives on: Central Square Records celebrates Record Store Day 2014

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 05:24 PM.

Jack himself said he just barely got a taste of vinyl as an adolescent frequenting Variety Records in Columbia , Tenn. where he grew up.

"There was an old lady there who was the cultivator," he said. "I would get in to the 45s. Then, after the mid-80s, when CDs became popular, there was a sound shop in the mall."

Central Square has participated in Record Store Day, now in its sixth year, since the beginning. From its inception, Record Store Day has received backing from musicians and music companies — big and small. Each year, a musician is chosen as the ambassador. In 2013, it was Jack White, now a solo artist, but previously of The White Stripes. This year, Chuck D, of the rap group Public Enemy, serves the noble role.

The day features all kinds of special releases from hundreds of artists. From the well-known Allman Brothers, David Bowie and Devo to the independent artists such as Man Man, Built to Spill and The Flaming Lips, Record Store Day has something for everyone. In addition to music, specialty items such as a Peanuts-themed portable turntable by Crosley will be available.

Central Square even sells some of its own loot with special trucker hats that will be available first come first serve.

"It's neat to see how exponentially it has grown," said Jack. "Every year, it's like setting up for Christmas."

The exciting part of the day is that stores can place orders for releases, but they're not guaranteed to get everything because only so many records are pressed. 

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