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This is a reminder that Record Store Day is this coming Saturday at local independent record stores, including Groovacious in Cedar City and the Graywhales along the Wasatch Front.
Jack White is the official Record Store Day Ambassador, and he shared his thoughts through an e-mai:
"In one of my final acts as Record Store Day ambassador, i encourage everyone who comes to the third man record store in nashville to be able to hear themselves on a vinyl record, and maybe even mail it to someone they love ... Actively venturing to your local record shop is one of those honors and privileges in this life that we just shouldn't take for granted. Certain beautiful experiences can only happen in the environment of a record store and i just thought that nothing could drive that point home more than a one-of-a-kind machine that lets you not only record your own vinyl record, but send it to anyone, anywhere in the world to share a song, poem, or private message with. i know those warm, scratchy tones send tingles up (and sometimes down) MY spine. even if you aren't instrumentally inclined, you could hold up an iphone playing a song and sing along with the music and combine the best of all worlds tangible, digital, and romantic. and for those still skeptical or not sure if they're brave enough to do it, think of it this way; it's almost the same thing as illegally downloading an mp3 and emailing it to someone. well..., almost. enjoy record store day everyone. i hope that you find that special song and someone makes you smile in the process." On Saturday, White and Third Man Records will unveil their Third Man Recording Booth, a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that records up to 2 minutes of audio and dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6" phonograph disc to the user. The Third Man Recording Booth will be the only machine of its kind in the world that is both operational and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.