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A Record Store Day Round Up

A Record Store Day Round Up (photo)

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This Saturday is every vinyl addict’s favorite holiday: Record Store Day. On April 16th, music fans across the country will perform a simple act that in the digital age is becoming increasingly rare: Go to their local record store and buy music. What once started as a small annual celebration of independent record stores, Record Store Day has blossomed into a full-fledged musical celebration of the local music shop. Bands of all sizes and statures are offering limited edition albums, playing intimate shows, and giving fans future relics all in a show of solidarity with record stores.

Need some inspiration to dole out some cash? Buzzfeed has put together a depressing collection of old record store photos. See them and weep here. Now, ready to do your part? Head to Record Store Day’s official website to find participating stores and on April 16th start shopping.

Here are some of the highlights of Record Store Day 2011:

* Ozzy Osbourne is the official Record Store Day Ambassador. That alone is a highlight.

* Omnivore Recordings is releasing Big Star‘s classic album, “Third”, on vinyl for the first time. Plus, one in every 300 of these albums will contain actual test pressings from the ’70s.

* Nirvana‘s Hormoaning EP was originally released in Australia and will be available in the U.S. for the first time on Record Store Day. Obviously this is a must have for fans of the iconic band and only available at your local record store. Head to the website to find your local store and cross your fingers that they are stocking it.

* The hotly anticipated debut release from Wild Flag the super group of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Janet Weiss and Rebecca Cole will be released as 7″ on Record Store Day

* Pick up a rare recording in an unusual size with The Beach Boys double 10″ record of “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes & Villians”

* Fans of the band Cults will be excited to know that they are adding to their very limited song roster and are releasing a Record Store Day exclusive of their song “Abducted” on Saturday.

* A previously unknown recording of a young Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963 were recently discovered in a music critics’ belongings and will be available for the first time on Record Store Day.

* Built to Spill is releasing a limited edition collector’s seven-inch featuring a cover of the Grateful Dead song “Ripple”.

* The first release from ROME — the highly anticipated collaboration between Danger Mouse & Daniele Lippi — is a seven-inch debuting on Record Store Day. The song features Jack White and Norah Jones and some magic courtesy of Ennio Morricone.

* Eager Death Cab For Cutie fans will want to buy the Record Store Day 7″ release because it is the first place to hear the band’s new tunes before their new album comes out in May.

* Franz Ferdinand is releasing a 5-song EP of cover songs appropriately titled “Covers” that features tracks from The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, Deborah Harry, Peaches, ESG, and here’s LCD Soundsystem covering Franz Ferdinand’s “Live Alone”:

LCD Soundsystem – Live Alone (Franz Ferdinand cover) by DominoRecordCo

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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