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Record Store Day to bring free concerts, special releases at LI stores

The Good Rats, celebrating the vinyl reissue of their breakout album "Tasty," will play at Record Stop's block party in Patchogue.

Aisle endcaps display a variety of vinyl records

Aisle endcaps display a variety of vinyl records released on Brookvale records, the custom music label created by Looney Tunes record store in West Babylon, April 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A lot has changed since Record Store Day made its debut 10 years ago.

Sales of vinyl albums have climbed nearly 800 percent to the point where almost one of every seven physical albums sold is vinyl. Those sales have led to the return of record stores, with a handful opening on Long Island in recent years. However, one thing hasn’t changed: To make the most out of this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, you need to do some planning.

FREE CONCERTS

The Alarm’s Mike Peters, who will release new EP “Where The Two Rivers Meet” on Record Store Day, is set to perform at Looney Tunes in West Babylon at 1 p.m. Saturday, while Seaford native Jesse Kinch will play songs from his debut “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” at 3 p.m.

The Good Rats, celebrating the vinyl reissue of their breakout album “Tasty,” will play at Record Stop’s block party in Patchogue, along with soulful up-and-comers Aloud and singer-songwriter Benjamin Cartel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Roots rockers Ransom Pier will join DJ Wake N Bake and DJ Mr. Lama at Innersleeve Records in Amagansett starting at 11 a.m.

GETTING A JUMP

Though most area record stores will have extended hours Saturday, the key to landing some of the most sought-after releases is to get in early.

Some stores are even using the lure of early admission to raise money for charities. Infinity Records in Massapequa Park will let shoppers who pay $5 get in the store an hour early, at 9 a.m. All of the money raised will go to local animal rescues, including the New York Bully Crew.

BIG RELEASES

With hundreds of special offerings designed especially for Record Store Day, there is practically something for everyone. Among the most coveted this year will be U2’s “Lights of Home” 12-inch single and Johnny Cash’s “At Folsom Prison” five-album boxed set.

Aside from The Good Rats’ “Tasty,” other Long Island-related releases include: Blue Öyster Cult’s “Rarities Vol. 2,” Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson’s “The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words” picture disc, and John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” single on 7-inch vinyl. West Babylon-based Brookvale Records will also release a vinyl version of Marlo Thomas and Friends’ “Free To Be . . . You and Me.”

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