DJ & Dance, Rock & Pop

Record Store Day

When: Sat., April 18, 12 p.m. 2015

VAMP, the downtown Oakland record store (331 19th St.), is a charming place with an eight-month-old miniature pinscher mascot named Maxine Brown after the soul singer of yore. It’s cluttered with antiques, art, clothes, and vinyl, with a strong emphasis on jazz and soul. It’s the sort of spot that Record Store Day — an annual brouhaha for record labels to sic unnecessary pieces of overpriced wax on hapless consumers, derailing the entire vinyl manufacturing ecosystem in the process — is supposed to celebrate. Because VAMP sells mostly used records, it isn’t participating in Record Store Day officially. Instead, it elected to schedule ten hours of live music and DJs, including the store’s own Fernando & his 45s, for shoppers and passersby to enjoy — no matter how much cash they drop. A community record swap kicks off VAMP Day at noon, while music continues through the night. So, after you’re done elbowing through a Record Store Day crowd to snag one of those oh-so-crucial A-Ha ten-inch picture discs (only 6,500 copies!) for an unconscionable price, drop by. Or just go to VAMP instead.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: free

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