Record Store Day

Indie music stores are banding together for the second annual Record Store Day, a national sales promotion and celebration of why we love record shops. (Assuming we do love them. But we do, don’t we?)

Claremont’s Rhino Records is participating and the store has plenty of fun stuff planned for the event this Saturday.

Singer-songwrriter Frank Fairfield and tongue-in-cheek band The Eagles of Death Metal will perform live in the store. Lots of special new releases, including vinyl LPs and 45s by Cold War Kids, Iron & Wine, Flight of the Conchords, Jenny Lewis, Springsteen and other acts, and a new 45 by Jack White’s new band Dread Weather, will be available.

And the store will give you 10 percent off on all purchases that day.

Rhino is at 235 Yale Ave., Claremont. Visit its website for a rundown on the special releases and other goodies.

Also participating is Dr. Strange Records in Alta Loma (their website doesn’t offer details), Mad Platter in Riverside and Groovetime Music Brokers in San Bernardino.

Want more info? Visit the Record Store Day website.

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  • barbara f

    Hard to believe, but Claremont had record stores even before Rhino’s. In the early and mid-60s, Jay Doty’s music was on Yale in Claremont, just up the street from the drugstore on the eastern corner. They had large glassed-in listening booths. And a silver haired lady at the counter who really knew her stuff. You could hum or come up with a fractured portion of a single line of lyric, and she knew the pop tune and could retrieve the appropriate 45.

    Down the street, past the Village Grill, was a record store but the owner was a devotee of show tunes, so Broadway music soundtracks was her idea of “pop” music and those albums filled the bins in her store.

    Of course, the Folk Music Center provided old tyme country music in long playing format (Folk Lyric, Folk Ways labels, and so on. Once, they had a Robert Johnson LP jacket hanging on the wall.)

    Jay Doty’s had another store in Pomona, next door to a movie theater. These were in the days when supermarkets and drug stores in Pomona also attempted to cash in on the music market, and displayed albums in bins next to watermelons or cold remedies.

    [Ha ha. Barbara, thanks for the informed commentary on local record stores. — DA]