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Local Outlets to Participate in Record Store Day

Steve Jackson

Saturday marks the annual event known as “Record Store Day” nationwide. 

4000 Holes owner Bob Gallagher cues up a rhythm-and-blues sampler record.

“It’s all recorded on 8 track analog tape, you can tell by the drums. It’s a great label,” Gallagher said.

The event began a little over a decade ago, when independent record stores nationwide teamed up with several record labels to offer limited edition releases on good old fashioned vinyl records, which were starting to become popular again. Now Gallagher says the sales of records has remained strong, and he says the special offerings this year are strong.

“Pearl Jam is always a big one. Grateful Deads are always very popular, and very limited. Sound tracks are very popular, with South Park, the crow, some very desirable soundtracks. We have some interesting releases, some Brazilian releases, some punk, some metal,” he said.

And one very interesting piece this year, a tiny turntable that literally fits in your hand.

“It’s a three-inch record player that has some limited edition records you can get. The record player comes with a Foo Fighters single, and Third Man has a four-record set. They call it a blind box. You don’t know what you’re getting in them,” Gallagher says.

He says there are five independent record stores in town participating in the sale on Saturday.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.