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Your 2012 Guide to Record Store Day in L.A.

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Since 2008, every third Saturday in April has been known worldwide as Record Store Day. The fifth-annual Record Store Day, a celebration of record store culture and its community, will take place on April 21, and various independently-owned record stores across L.A. are hosting all-day parties featuring performances, DJs, giveaways, prizes, and other fun stuff. We did the dirty work and highlighted a few events not to be missed, but for info on all exclusive Record Store Day releases and participating stores, click here.

Here are our picks for cool things around town:

Amoeba Records guarantees a great time for all shoppers when they open their doors at 10:30am. In addition to DJ sets from Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and ††† (Crosses), Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of FAR, the days' festivities will also include a prize wheel (1pm-4pm), ticket giveaways, chances to win Amoeba gift certificates, Natural History Museum tickets, Record Store Day gift bags (with purchase), HUGE turntable sales and Live Silk Screening from 10:30am-2:30pm. More info here.

Echo Park' Origami Vinyl is opening extra early to shoppers (8am) and throwing an all-day extravaganza featuring eight bands (!) playing for free next door at The Echo. OV's 2012 party guarantees fun for everyone with free tote bags with every purchase, goodies and giveaways as well as DJ sets from Jason Kramer (KCRW), Chris Ziegler (LA Record), Cristina Ramirez (KXLU) and many more. The free all-ages show at The Echo starts at 12pm (doors at 11:30am) and will feature live performances from a wide variety of L.A.-based bands such as Big Black Delta, The Henry Clay People, and Jenny O. For full list of scheduled bands visit the Facebook event page.

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Fingerprints Records in Downtown Long Beach is open 6am to11pm and promises special treats and events for visitors. Live performances from Al Jardine (The Beach Boys) at 2pm, M. Ward (SOLD OUT!) at 5pm and World Party at 7:30pm are planned, but there are still other surprises in store. If you want to attend the Al Jardine or World Party events you must RSVP as they will reach capacity. Call Fingerprints at (562) 433-4996 for more info.

Headline Records is offering a 20% sale on all LPs to Headline Club Card holders on Record Store Day. Want to save $$$ but don't have a Headline Club Card? Visit their website for more info on how to take advantage of this sweet discount. Hint: It's super easy, just print out the ad and get the card for free (Valid RSD only).

Vacation Vinyl will be open from 10am to 9pm in honor of RSD 2012 and will be giving away patches, pins, posters and other special gift packs while you shop and listen to awesome DJs. Check out the Vacation Vinyl blog for more info.

Hi-Fidelity in Los Feliz will also feature a full day of live music from local bands and DJs including Raaats, The Peach Kings, Darkmatter and many more. Music starts at 10am and continues until midnight. Visit their website for more info.

Also, here are our recommended RSD exclusive releases:

Ryan Adams "Heartbreak A Stranger/ Black Sheets of Rain" 7"

Deerhoof/Of Montreal Split 7"

Mastodon/Feist Split 7"

Mastodon/Flaming Lips Split 7”

Black Angels "Watch Out Boy/ I'd Rather Be Lonely" 7"

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LCD Soundsystem "Losing My Edge" 12"

Misfits "Walk Among Us" 12"

Refused "The Shape of Punk to Come" Deluxe Red Vinyl Reissue w/DVD

Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches Split 7" single

Beach House "Equal Mind" 7"