Indie Music Outlets Get Their Own Day

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 4:48 PM CDT
Musician Ani DiFranco performs for a crowd at Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine, today to help celebrate Record Store Day.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Some big-name acts are getting behind Record Store Day, tomorrow’s celebration of independent music stores that have become an endangered species in the Internet age, USA Today reports. “We touched a nerve. So many people are passionate about record stores,” says a rep of the industry group behind the event, for which Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and others are releasing special tracks, playing live, or giving away prizes.

“They have the best haircuts and the worst attitudes,” says Pixies bassist Kim Deal. “It almost used to be scary walking into a cool record store, because they were so judgmental and über-hip. But they did know a lot about music, whether they were making fun of what you were buying or not. You’d just go in to say, ‘What’s good?’”