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Record Store Daze

Here’s where to find record deals and free events this Record Store Day, Saturday, April 16.

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Other Music
2 p.m.; 15 E. 4th St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-477-8150
For Saturday’s festivities, the East Village tastemakers have recruited neighborhood friend Regina Spektor for a private performance. Fans who purchase Spektor’s Four From Far, a title exclusive to Record Store Day, will be invited to see the Russian-born songstress’s intimate show at 2 p.m.

Sound Fix
7 p.m.; 44 Berry St., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-8090
Sound Fix will swing open its doors at 10:30 a.m., giving bleary-eyed early birds a jump start on the store’s special deals and limited-edition titles (not to mention complimentary coffee and croissants). Late sleepers shouldn’t be disappointed either: At 7 p.m., customers will be treated to an in-store performance featuring the gentle pop of Damon & Naomi.

Generation Records
1 p.m.; 210 Thompson St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-254-1100
The purveyors of punk at Generation Records are going all out with a packed lineup. In addition to special vinyls from Bouncing Souls and OFF!, the shop will be bustling with Brooklynites: Sub Pop garage-rockers Obits (formerly of Hot Snakes), the Jay Vons, I Hate Our Freedom, and Spa Castles. D.J. sets from each member of Yo La Tengo and WFMU’s Tom Scharpling will round out the day.

Fat Beats
Noon; 110 Bridge St., 3rd fl., nr. York St., Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn; 718-875-8191
Fat Beats may not have a brick-and-mortar presence anymore, but that won’t stop them from joining the fun. From noon to 11 p.m., they and magazine Wax Poetics will throw a party disguised as a pop-up shop in Vinegar Hill, complete with live beats from Stones Throw–signed soulsters the Stepkids, Chico Mann, the legendary Masta Ace, and more. It’ll all be topped off with a special Gang Starr tribute and coupons to fatbeats.com.

Kim’s Video and Music
5 p.m., 124 First Ave., nr. 8th St.; 212-533-7390
Kim’s many racks will be carrying a mondo selection of rarities from the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Arthur Russell, all of which will be up for grabs starting at 9 a.m. Later in the day, they’ll turn the volume knob down ever so slightly for some low-key folk sets, courtesy of Chicago’s Angel Olsen and Brooklyn’s Bow Ribbons.

J&R Music World
3 p.m.; 23 Park Row, nr. Broadway; 212-238-9000
J&R is probably the only music store large enough to harness the power of Lez Zeppelin, New York’s finest all-lady Led Zeppelin tribute band. The women will not only perform but also sign autographs for all the LezZep groupies sure to fill the building.

Permanent Records
Noon; 181 Franklin St., nr. Huron St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-383-4083
P-Recs is giving Greenpoint a taste of Record Store Day by offering a batch of hard-to-find releases in addition to its usual well-curated collection of vinyls, CDs, and DVDs. To sweeten the deal, Connecticut’s Eula will come down to perform their arty brand of post-punk throughout the day.


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