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In the groove on Record Store Day

Looney Tunes employee Ryan Curry hangs a Record

Looney Tunes employee Ryan Curry hangs a Record Store Day poster in the window as Looney Tunes gears up for Record Store Day. (April 10, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Records are coming 'round again, and not just on turntables.

This Saturday, fans of vinyl can get their groove on as Long Island celebrates the fifth annual Record Store Day, a nationwide lovefest to LPs and 45s.

"Vinyl is just a warmer, more natural, less clinical sound than digital," said Joseph Ostermeier, owner of Infinity Records in Massapequa Park.

But this isn't just a day for folks who grew up listening to vinyl in the '60s and '70s to wax nostalgic as they pore over record bins and shelves -- participating stores expect teens and 20-somethings to do the bulk of the buying.

"Five or 10 years ago, kids would come into the store with their parents, who would say: 'See this is a 45, this is a record. This is what Mommy and Daddy used to listen to before you were born,' " said David Bernstein, a salesman at Mr. Cheapo CD & Record Exchange in Mineola.

"Now the kids grow up and they're teenagers and they want the records for themselves. It's the size, the scope, it's all the lyrics printed out. And I'm happy about it."

Collectors of vinyl should also be happy about the events, exclusives and specials many of the participating shops have in store for Saturday.

Here's a roundup:

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LOONEY TUNES

31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon, 631-587-7722, looneytunescds.com

FREE CONCERTS 2 p.m., Hotel of the Laughing Tree; 3 p.m., Tiger Riot; 4 p.m., Grace Read; 5 p.m., Alex Skolnick (plus a guitar clinic); 5:30 p.m., Anthony From Bayside; 6 p.m., Pretty Restless. Autograph signings follow each show.

ADDITIONAL SHOWS At 7 p.m., the band Thursday plays (must buy the group's CD or LP to be admitted), autograph signing follows; 8:30 p.m., Kevin Devine ($15 for deluxe limited-edition package of two Devine 45s -- "Luxembourg" and "Part of the Whole")

SPECIALS Free coffee from Blackheart Records; free beer from Brick House Brewery; a chance to win two tickets to the Broadway show "Rain -- A Tribute to The Beatles" if you buy Beatles-related items; 279 exclusive items, including Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

FUNDRAISINGLooney Tunes will also have a Red Cross fundraiser on Record Store Day, which proceeds to aid victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.


CD ISLAND

228 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-678-9445, cdislandny.com

CONCERTS The Red Lights, John Velsor and Mike Plona will perform between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SPECIALS A 10 percent discount on any used CDs and records.


LONG ISLAND VINYL EXCHANGE

275 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-486-3711

SPECIALS Bins of 1,003 free records outside (limit 25); buy one get one free on new vinyl; free record supply packs (protective jackets, white inner sleeves and plastic jacket protectors) with each purchase; free CD with each purchase; 50 Beatles records for less than $10.


SOUNDTRAKS

356 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-427-1313

SPECIALS Limited-edition 7-inches and LPs, markdowns on all albums and CDs.


INFINITY RECORDS

510 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-221-0634

SPECIALS A 20 percent discount on used merchandise if you mention Record Store Day at the counter.


ALSO PARTICIPATING:

UTOPIA

3 Newbridge Rd., Hicksville, 516-935-6680

SPECIALS $1 CDs at 1 p.m., $2 CDs at 2 p.m., etc.; 10 percent off all vinyl inventory except for Record Store Day exclusives.

MR. CHEAPO CD & RECORD EXCHANGE

46 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-543-8686; and 134 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-742-7670

SPECIALS Many exclusive items are for sale, including Bruce Springsteen's 7-inch discs and Pearl Jam albums.

RECORD STOP

45 Ramsey Rd., Unit No. 8, Shirley, 631-585-3294

SPECIALS All CDs and records are $9.99 or less.

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