Best Buy and iTunes exclusives of Watch the Throne prompts indie stores to craft open letter

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For some bizarre reason, Jay-Z and Kanye West have decided to make their upcoming Watch the Throne collaboration available to two of the biggest retailers in the country, Best Buy and iTunes, for a pair of exclusive promotions. Starting August 8, the album will be available in iTunes, followed by an exclusive two-week release of the deluxe edition, which features additional tracks, at Best Buy. In response to the exclusivity announcement, independent record stores across the nation teamed up to write an open letter to the duo.

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Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

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Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front,The Go-Go's are coming to the Ogden Theatre, Fleet Foxes are coming to the Fillmore, and Arvada Center has added shows to its summer lineup. Meanwhile, on local radio, Bad Weather California, Science Partner and Veronica got spins. And finally, the Foo Fighter's latest effort, Wasting Light, dominated the charts at our local record stores last week. Click through for a full rundown.

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Twist & Shout named among top record stores by Rolling Stone -- after being snubbed last year

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Man, what a difference seven months makes. After being completely glossed over last fall along with all of the other record stores on the Front Range, Twist & Shout got a nod this morning from Rolling Stone as one of the Best Record Stores in the U.S.A. Not sure what changed in that time, but it's nice to see the Best Store on Colfax get its due -- and just in time for Record Store Day tomorrow. "It's not just the award for retail that matters to us," says Epstein, "but the recognition of cultural perseverance, as well." Congrats!

Your complete guide to Denver's Record Store Day events

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Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, and stores around town have been preparing for the epic event in a variety of ways. The exclusive release list is huge, but so far, most stores aren't confirming or denying their inventory. The owner of Twist & Shout Records, Paul Epstein, confirms, "We've got so much stuff already -- it's impressive."

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Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition

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The super-official, absolutely real, Record Store Day might have been earlier this year, but there's no reason why we can't celebrate our favorite holiday twice. Instead of cutting each other's throats and arguing with old folks at the mall today, maybe you'd like to consider spending your Black Friday picking up some exclusive vinyl at your local indie shops.


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I Need That Record: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store -- have you seen it yet? You should.

In case you haven't gotten your quotient of feel-like-shit yet today, check out I Need That Record! website, a documentary about the death of independent record stores. For a limited time, you can stream the doc for free in its entirety on Pitchfork or you can purchase it directly for eleven bucks and some change at See of Sound. Either way, it's totally worth screening.


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Fucked Up pays tribute to Wax Trax with a custom 7-inch on Record Store Day

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Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham loves vinyl. And Denver. When we last spoke with him about a year ago, he sang the praises of bygone Denver punk bands like the Frantix and Bum Kon, an act he also namedropped in a Spin article.

"I wish I could just be satisfied owning a reissue or owning a CD-R or owning an MP3 of these songs," Abraham shared with Michael Roberts. "But there's something about touching the past through this record. Knowing that the seven-inch you're holding, Ian MacKaye actually folded and sold at a Minor Threat show. The providence of that makes it so exciting - makes it feel slightly more real, even."

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Tomorrow is Record Store Day -- What are you doing?



If the scent of fresh vinyl in the morning turns you on, then chances are you're already aware that tomorrow is Record Store Day. for the rest of you, consider this a public service announcement. Starting at various times across the state on Saturday, April 17th, independent record shops are opening their doors in celebration of good music, local culture and fun times.

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Record Store Day preview: The MC5 will be kicking out the jams tomorrow

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The MC5.

Plenty of amazing seven-inch singles will be available at Twist & Shout for Record Store Day other than the ones we've featured thus far in April -- stuff by Sublime, Taking Back Sunday, Tom Waits, Magnolia Electric Company, the Pretenders, the Jesus Lizard (a pack of nine singles, believe it or don't) and many more. For me, though, the big one is "Kick Out the Jams"/"Motor City is Burning" by the MC5. Packaged in a duplicate of the original picture sleeve, the 45 will be available for the first time at a standard retailer since 1969. This is the kind of item that makes supporting your friendly neighborhood independent record store even more fun tomorrow than it is the other 364 days of the year. See you there.

Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.

Record Store Day preview: Uncontrollable Serge

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Serge Gainsbourg.

Histoire de Melody Nelson, a 1971 tour de force by eccentric French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, is among the top reissues of this still young year -- and thanks for unearthing it goes to Light in the Attic, an imprint that specializes in bringing worthy oddities back onto the market. (Its roster includes Karen Dalton, The Last Poets and more.) And now, in honor of Record Store Day, the label is putting out a new Gainsbourg seven-inch, along with titles by Rodriguez, Wheedle's Groove and Sharon Jones (of Dap-Kings fame). Dunno what songs they'll feature, but if the Gainsbourg 45 is culled from Histoire, it'll make for a historic moment, at least as far as your vinyl collection is concerned.

Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.

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