Chris Hayes and Jason Daniel, from left, of local rock band Blastov perform at Albany’s Power Up/CD Xchange Saturday as part of National Record Store Day. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — Local musicians celebrated National Record Store Day with an intimate performance at local Albany business, Power Up/CD Xchange, on Saturday.
Helping to celebrate the day and promote one of Albany’s last-remaining independent record stores, area band Blastov headlined an intimate performance in the Dawson Road store front, playing to a few dozen supporters of the store and the band.
”Blastov was stoked not only to play Albany’s only international Record Store Day event, but to do so inside such a local asset as Power Up/CD Xchange,” said Blastov bassist Chris Hayes. “The in-store concept is right up our alley, do it yourself and intimate. It’s all about ‘Support Local, Buy Local’, and Power Up/CD Xchange is a treasure chest for rare and vintage vinyl. We can’t wait to do it again.”
Atlanta-based Allie and Joe, featuring Allie Brown and Joe Lavender, warmed up the crowd with an acoustic set, before Blastov plugged in and treated the audience to handful of originals set to appear on the group’s debut slated for release later this year.
Started eight years ago and falling on the third Saturday or April each year, National Record Store Day was created by musicians and industry executives to celebrate the culture of independently-owned record stores.
Long a fixture of music enthusiasts, local record stores has been dying because of the rise of large chain record stores and the popularity of digital music sales.
San Francisco-based rock band Metallica is credited with officially kicking off Record Store Day in 2008 when band members gathered at Rasputin Music in their hometown to give away T-shirts and sign autographs for fans.
That year a handful of artists also used the day to release new music and rare vinyl editions of from their catalogues. Over the years thousands of artists have used the day to issue new music and make in-store appearances.
Some of the artists who have been champions of the event over the years include R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Ozzy Osborne, Frank Black, Erykah Badu, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Muse, Modest Mouse, Rush, Alice in Chains, Jack White, Regina Spektor, Adele, Duran Duran and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Eagles of Death Metal