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Exploring Record Store Day: Exclusive Releases and Early Morning Lines

Marc Zyla
Jon Burns AKA. Centaur Noire

In this episode of "What's Happenin’ QC", host Marc Zyla is joined by Jon Burns from Moline as they delve into the exciting world of Record Store Day. They provide an overview of this annual event, which has been taking place since 2008. Listeners will learn that Record Store Day offers a unique opportunity to snag limited edition vinyl and CD releases, often causing people to eagerly line up outside record stores in the early hours of the morning. Ragged Records has been participating in Record Store Day since 2011 and is gearing up for this year's event.

Throughout the episode, John and Marc discuss some of the highly anticipated releases for Record Store Day, including a split between Noah Kahan and Olivia Rodrigo, as well as offerings from Chappell Roan. They also highlight the exciting additional activities happening at Ragged Records on Record Store Day. For the first 150 customers, Ragged Records will be giving away free tote bags printed by Gnar City, filled with fantastic goodies. Additionally, Jon will be debuting his new portrait series, "12-Inch Portraits," featuring musician portraits available for sale. Trash Can Annies will also have vintage items up for grabs. The aim is to create a lively "block party" atmosphere, ensuring a good time for all attendees.

Listeners will also learn about Ragged Records' transition to a new space following the flood. Marc] and Jon describe the new location as a "really nice, fleshed-out retail space" that offers customers ample opportunity to explore and discover new music.

As an active member of the Quad Cities music scene, Jon shares his experiences and involvement in the local punk rock scene. Since the mid-90s, Jon has attended countless shows and has become something of an unofficial historian, sharing old show posters and flyers on social media. He credits the Quad Cities' fortunate position of having individuals who have championed cool bands and supported the local music scene.

The episode also delves into Jon's passion for vinyl collecting, as he explains his love for the tangible and physical nature of the format. He enjoys being able to hold the album, read the lyrics, and discover new bands through the liner notes and thank-you sections.

Jon, also known as Centaur Noir, shares some of his past and ongoing art projects in the Quad Cities. This includes displaying his work at Floor Crafters in Moline and The Artery in the District. Listeners will learn about his new series of musician portraits that will be showcased for Record Store Day.

Finally, John expresses his excitement about upcoming spring and summer events in the east end of downtown Davenport, including the patio season and happenings at Lopiez, Last Picture House, and Armored Gardens.

Marc Zyla joined WVIK, Quad Cities NPR in May 2022 as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to that Zyla had been the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to perform as Principal Horn. Zyla believes that there is something for everyone in public radio and brings passion and creativity to his position as Director of Community Engagement.