Flavorpill’s Guide to Record Store Day 2010

It’s hard to believe Record Store Day is only in its third year, having quickly become an institution around the US and overseas, drawing thousands of audiophiles into record shops to snag exclusive special-edition releases and watch intimate in-store performances by everyone from Ani DiFranco to the Black Lips to Bill Callahan. It all began when Chris Brown, employee of the local Maine/New Hampshire record store chain Bull Moose, decided to give brick and mortar record shops a day in the sun. Having visited the flagship store in Portland, Maine, we can confidently state that Brown and his co-workers definitely know what they’re doing.

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of the kajillion 7-inch and fancy vinyl releases just waiting to be snatched up this Saturday, so we’re going to give you a quick rundown of the most stellar in-store performances and events happening all over the country, plus a chance to win some sweet Smashing Pumpkins merch.

Enter to win! We have three Record Store Day prize packs, featuring a Smashing Pumpkins limited-edition blacklight poster, Cage the Elephant EP, and a Record Store Day T-shirt and poster. Use the comments to tell us what you’re most excited to check out at Record Store Day and why. We’ll pick our favorite responses in the next week; be sure to enter with a valid email address, so we can contact you if you win!

Click below to find out what’s happening in your area of the country.