Celebrate Record Store Day on Long Island


Buy, spin, swap, tune in. However you want to play it, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Record Store Day on Long Island.

April 16 has been declared a day of international appreciation for indie record stores — no corporate vinyl pushers allowed — and here on Long Island, there are quite a few places you can shop for or swap records, listen to music played on vinyl, and celebrate the culture of record stores and how important they are for musicians.

Buy

Expect the majority of local record stores to host events, such as live music or artist appearances, on Record Store Day. Also expect stores to put out plenty of new inventory. Innersleeve Records in Amagansett is putting together quite a party, with live bands, mystery guests, "a rotating cast of misfit DJs," and more. Looney Tunes in West Babylon is another such store; it will be hosting comedian Jim Breuer at 1 p.m. Record Reserve in Kings Park, Mr. Cheapo's CD and Record Exchange in Commack and Mineola, and High Fidelity Records and CDs in Amityville are record retailers that come recommended from vinyl aficionados.

Spin

In case you missed it, vinyl is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, which is both the message and the goal of Record Store Day. Infinity Records in Massapequa Park — which, by the way, has a habit of turning Record Store Day into a charitable affair, with portions of proceeds from the event donated to Long Island charities — sells new and used equipment for playing records.

Swap

Long Island Vinyl Trade is a Facebook group for collectors to connect. Find it on Facebook here. Many of the aforementioned record stores also take trades.

Tune In

The radio station WEHM 92.9/96.9 FM will be broadcasting live for a few hours from Innersleeve Records in Amagansett on Record Store Day, and will be giving away tickets to Ray LaMontagne and Mumford and Sons concerts. And WUSB 90.1 FM, the radio station of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, has signed up to take part in the first-ever College Radio Vinylthon, a 24-hour tribute to vinyl timed specifically to celebrate Record Store Day. College radio stations across the country will be playing anywhere from one to 24 straight hours of music, all on vinyl. WUSB has jumped on the (mostly) 24-hour bandwagon (the station will break for some of its school's sports broadcasting) with about a lineup of a dozen different DJs. Chris Phillips will kick off the marathon at midnight with his show, Interzone, playing "a mix of all time greats to absolute garbage," and starting at noon, J-Ro, the host of Radio Free J-Ro, will exclusively be playing 7-inch singles from 1990s indie rock bands. Others will play everything from classic rock to jazz to psychedelic and salsa.

Christine Sampson is a full-time journalist who has lived on Long Island for more than 30 years.