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Aaron Gooch, co-owner of Sound It Out Records.

Record Store Day will sound the swan song for one Traverse City record shop.

On the flip side, a new store selling vintage vinyl will open on South Airport Road.

Record retailers across the country celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16. For Sound It Out Records, the day starts a liquidation sale to prepare for closing the South Union Street shop. For father-and-son team Greg and Alex Walton, the day brings the first customers to their new store RPM Records, at 3275 South Airport Road.

Sound It Out will begin selling off its thousands of CDs and records at slashed prices Saturday until the store closes for good on April 30. Co-owner Aaron Gooch said the shop still plans to stock some of the limited edition releases available for Record Store Day. The store opened in 2007. Last year, it moved from an upstairs space on Front Street to a ground-floor storefront in Old Town, but running it has "been quite a commitment," Gooch said.

"People aren't buying that much music in general," she said. "A lot of people don't have turntables."

Still, the store had its share of grateful and loyal customers, and Gooch is sad to say goodbye to them. She and co-owner and boyfriend Kyle Weeks plan to move to the metro Detroit area. Gooch said they watched as many of their friends left Traverse City for places with more opportunities.

Owning a record shop was considered a "dream life" among her music-loving friends. The group even watched the movie "High Fidelity" -- something of a love letter to small, struggling record shop owners -- before opening Sound It Out. Record Store Day will be a "last big hurrah" for the shop, Gooch said. They will open at 10 a.m. and bands will play in the evening.

"Not a somber mood, more celebratory," she said, of the shop's last Record Store Day event.

Across town, the Waltons will open RPM Records at 10 a.m. Saturday. Greg owns the adjacent store, The Sound Room, which sells home entertainment systems, turntables, needles and other music equipment. He always wanted to own a record shop and spent more than six months buying record collections from all over the state.

RPM will sell used records in many genres, from 1960s and '70s rock to jazz, reggae, classical and blues.

He wants RPM to be an old-school record store, where customers can barter, trade, buy and request records and attend monthly "vinyl nights." Records have seen a resurgence among the young, hipster set, and Greg praises vinyl for its full sound and the large, collectible album artwork.

"The other thing is, it's not as fast. You can't skip songs. You put a record on; you sit back; you enjoy it. It's kind of peaceful. You can read the liner notes," he said.

Greg estimates the store will have close to 10,000 records when it opens. Gooch will maintain an online eBay shop as she rids Sound It Out of remaining inventory.

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