Record Store Day @ Record Surplus

The Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers provided a bouncy ragtime and early jazz soundtrack for Saturday’s 10th annual Record Store Day celebration at Record Surplus.

“A couple of times I just wanted to break out into a dance, but I figured that I’ll let the little kids do that,” said store owner Neil Canter.

The California Feetwarmers tickled the toes and eardrums of more than 100 patrons who came out to peruse some 350 limited-edition vinyl pressings offered as part of the annual event celebrating independent records stores.

Some were in line as early as 4:30 a.m., said Canter, who noticed that 45s of unreleased demos by The Smiths and The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” / “Penny Lane” were among the day’s best-selling items, as were the reissued soundtracks for “Space Jam” and “Blade Runner.”

For Canter, Record Store Day is not just about having enthusiastic patrons in the store, but also creating space for live music to make the day extra special.

“I really enjoyed having the band in here. They were just so much fun and right on,” he said. “It makes you feel good when you have live music in the store.”

— Christina Campodonico


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