If you cynically believe that Record Store Day is an annual opportunity for independent retailers to pat each other on the fannies and lure customers into their old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar lairs, well .... OK, maybe a little.
But in the years since this worldwide celebration of Mom-and-Pop stores began in 2007, it has grown into a truly newsworthy event.
If that wasn't the case, you wouldn't have music nerds camping outside the night before.
"Last year - and this was a little bit of an anomaly," admits Record Exchange marketing director Chad Dryden, "but there were three kids that lined up for the Fun single." (Fuuuuuun? Cue my derisive rock-snob snort.)
"They were there at 3:30 in the morning," Dryden continues. "But really, the line kind of started in earnest at 6:30."
Aren't these people hung over from shotgunning PBRs next door at Neurolux 'til 2 a.m.?
Rock all night, sleep all day: Not an option Saturday, April 20. Not if you want a shot at more than 400 exclusive, limited-edition releases. Hot sellers will include music from Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Phish, Sigur Ros, The Black Keys and tons more. The gift shop at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., will open at 8 a.m. to let the early birds line up indoors and inhale free coffee and donuts. The record store will lower its draw bridge at 9 a.m.
Here's how the weekend works:
6 to 8 p.m. April 19: Get a preview of what will be available - plus sip free cans of Payette Brewing Co. beer - at a Record Store Day Listening Party. There will be raffles, including one for first-in-line privileges the next morning.
April 20: Stampede! It's like Black Friday at Walmart! Except some people are pierced and vegan and stuff! Outside, musicians will busk on the sidewalk all day. Eight food trucks will rally across the street from 4 to 8 p.m. (More. Beer.) The record store is open 'til 10.
April 21: Everyone recovers and picks through leftovers. Plus, all used CDs, vinyl, DVDs/Blu-rays and cassettes storewide are 20 percent off April 19-21.
The only bad news? The band Fun does not have anything special to release this year on Record Store Day.
"I kind of wish they did, after the Grammys," Dryden admits.
Online: therecordexchange.com and recordstoreday.com.
Let's hope they don't "Do It Again." One-of-a-kind classic rock/jazz fusion act Steely Dan - which disappointed fans by canceling on Boise more than a decade ago - has been booked at the Idaho Botanical Garden's Outlaw Field for a concert Sunday, Aug. 11.
Tickets to the general-admission show are $60 and go on sale April 19 at TicketWeb.
This is major news for diehards. A Steely Dan concert was announced for June of 2000 at what then was called the BSU Pavilion. But after ticket sales were slow in nearby markets such as Portland and Spokane, the show was called off before it went on sale here.
Steely Dan is one of the most fascinating creative juggernauts of the 1970s. A "Classic Albums" DVD series documentary of the band's 1977 album "Aja" - see it in its entirety on YouTube - is absolutely engrossing. That level of studio craftsmanship and idiosyncratic detail has rarely, if ever, been matched in rock 'n' roll history. I've watched that doc at least five times.
Sun Valley Center for the Arts (sunvalleycenter.org) is getting into the summer-concert game again with outdoor shows at River Run.
Funky soul singer Sharon Jones and her world-class band, The Dap-Kings, will perform Sunday, July 14.
Moscow native Josh Ritter and his own standout backing group, The Royal City Band, will headline Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Tickets will range from $30 to $85. Members of the Center get first dibs; tickets go on sale to them May 17. Tickets to the general public go on sale May 31.
Rather not make the drive to see Ritter? You're in luck. Ritter will play the Egyptian Theatre in Boise on Aug. 15. (The show hasn't been announced yet; I'll have more details next week.) The Egyptian is an excellent place to see Ritter.
Coming in my Sunday column:
Ever wondered what it's like to stay awake for a week? 103.3 Kiss FM's Keke Luv talks about the physical demands of his annual "Live for 175" child-abuse awareness marathon, which begins April 19.
Plus, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is slated to open next week. What does it mean for Downtown?
Deeds' column runs Fridays and Sundays. He co-hosts "The Other Studio" at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River" and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.