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Celebrate 2009 Record Store Day this Saturday

This year, artists are helping the effort by offering commemorative releases and special giveaways.

Like I did last year, I'd like to encourage and implore music fans to celebrate the second* annual Record Store Day by visiting your local record store and buying something. You might have to step away from your computer and leave your house, but people used to do this all the time and, trust me, it can be fun.

This year, dozens of high-profile artists have joined the cause by offering exclusives, including new tracks by Modest Mouse, a bunch of 10-inch vinyl releases from Radiohead, a six-pack of 7-inch singles from the Jesus Lizard, T-shirts from Death Cab for Cutie and the Grateful Dead, and plenty of other cool stuff. There will also be some very tempting giveaways--for instance, if you buy the new Wilco concert DVD, "Ashes of American Flags," on April 18, you'll get to download an entire concert for free. (For what it's worth, I still think Wilco's live album "Kicking Television" is one of the three best concert albums ever recorded, up there with The Who's "Live at Leeds" and Neil Young's "Arc/Weld.")

*Correction: I originally wrote this was the third annual RSD. The group was founded in 2007, but the first one was last year, in 2008.