Record Store Day performances this Saturday!

The Head and The Heart, one of many performers on Record Store Day this Saturday
photo by Caitlyn Mirete

by Jonathan Hamilton

Some time over the last four years you have probably heard about Record Store Day, a “holiday” that was created to encourage the music buying public to enter an actual physical independently owned record store. Yes, actual physical independently owned record stores still exist!

This Saturday, April 16, not only will you be able to find a litany of exclusive day of releases, Seattle record stores will also be host to a multitude of in store performances and signings. It all starts at noon in Queen Anne at Easy Street Records when R.E.M.’s Peter Buck stops by to sign autographs (Maybe you could pick up the Record Store Day exclusive set R.E.M. Three: First Three Singles From Collapse Into Now and get him to sign that!) and ends at the same Easy Street location for the second performance of the day from Seattle band The Head and the Heart. Consider this your handy dandy guide to rubbing elbows with your musical heroes and loves:

12pm – Easy Street (Queen Anne) – Peter Buck (signing only)
1pm – Sonic Boom (Cap Hill) – The Moondoggies
2pm – Easy Street (Queen Anne) – Duff McKagen’s Loaded
3pm – Sonic Boom (Ballard) – The Head and the Heart
3pm – Sliver Platters (Queen Anne) – Zoe Muth
3pm – Easy Street (West Seattle) – Grieves and Budo (signing only)
4pm – Silver Platters (Queen Anne) – The Tea Cozies
5pm – Sonic Boom (Cap Hill) – Telekinesis
7pm – Easy Street (Queen Anne) – The Head and the Heart

Technically, you can go to all of the live performances (though only if you skip the first Head and the Heart performance and opt for Zoe Muth), but with record stores being the size that they are it would be best to get there well in advance leaving yourself plenty of time to shop! If you do somehow find yourself attempting to go to every in store appearance, then please let us know. We would love to hear about it!

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  1. Paul S Rice
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    This is probably the best thing I’ve ever read on the KEXP blog.

    Posted April 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Are you the same Hamilton who started the Ringo Starr at CHBP rumors and who got half of Seattle to retweet about the KEXP Pledge Drive?

  3. JHamilton
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink


    Brookie, yes- the one and the same. Thanks for noticing.

  4. BradleyHeartVampire
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I saw The Head and the Heart in Memphis and they were excellent. Really wish I could be there for the performances at Easy Street!

    By the way is this the same Jon Hamilton who sings in the Seattle Rock Orchestra? Who knew he moonlights as a journalist?

  5. Brookie Judge
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome, I though I recognized the name. You do good work there.

  6. alexandrab
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I have heard about Record Store Day at least once a year, every year, since I have known Jon Hamilton, who is the best Record Store Day expert that I am currently aware of on the Internet. I can only congratulate KEXP on such an excellent find.

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