Record Store Day is coming up in April, so what better way to spend a fake holiday than by commemorating a bad movie about a fake record store. You probably don’t care or remember, but 20 years ago Empire Records came out in theaters and subsequently tanked. Sure, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger and other cast members had legit careers, but the movie was little more than a cult flick about an independent record store and its employees, who are trying to save it from being bought up by a big chain. Oh yeah, the Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Cracker were on the soundtrack, so if you feel that really white, inoffensive alt-rock is great, you might consider said CD a classic.
In the latest #RecordStoreDay stunt, Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade store—which is technically an indie store—is going to turn the holiday into an homage to the movie, complete with a bunch of shit detailed here via Brooklyn Vegan:
Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they’re even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie.
On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don’t touch his drums!), Gina and her “Sugar High,” and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning… Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you’re brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra’s funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark’s approval.
So that’s pretty cool right? No word on how much tickets are as they’re only available via pre-sale, but you can actually pay to pretend that you care about record stores and a movie about a fictional one, and even get to shave your head… for no reason at all. Oh, and it’s all being orchestrated by a store that really hasn’t done much for the music community of Brooklyn/NYC other than selling Jimi Hendrix remastered vinyl to Condo Bros who might stop in to play ping-pong and occasionally having a free show.
Don’t miss this opportunity to really support the vinyl industry and mom-and-pop record stores, by not buying records at the largest store in NYC.