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Saturday April 17 is Record Store Day; here’s how to shop Seattle’s best music shops

By Laura Cassidy April 16, 2010

What’s that line again? Oh, yeah, “We built this city on rock and roll.” Okay, maybe on jet planes and software, too, but without the guitar, bass, and drums Seattle wouldn’t have its hopelessly romantic, sweetly embittered soul. We are a music town, so tomorrow, as twee pop tweens, old school jazz heads, and aging audiophiles all over American flip the calendar page to Record Store Day, make sure you get yourself to one or two of this town’s finest and buy yourself some.

As an aid to your spree, we created this map of Seattle’s favorite record stores, and we’ve updated our regular listings to include information on special Record Store Day in-store performances, sales, and other good stuff.

While you’re at it, you might consider retro-fitting your pad with an analog system. Ten outta ten music nerds agree: The needle in the groove beats the USB cord in the laptop every time. For a fresh spin on the classic format, check out these five audio shops for turntables, tape decks, and accessories.

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