If you were ask me to name some of my favorite places in the world, a record store would be on that list somewhere fairly high. I’m not talking Tower or any of those, which are cool, but I’m talking the “Mom & Pop” stores, the small independently owned stores. I love the smells of walking into a record store. They all smell somewhat similar. The stores are lined with shelves, crates, and bins full of CDs and records. The same types of people work at the stores (and that’s not a dis, I’ve always wanted to work at a record store). I’ve been to stores from Salem, Oregon, to Boise, Idaho, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Denver, Colorado and in between. If I go to a city, I look up to see if they have any record stores (I missed going to one in Reno this past winter, I still kick myself in the ass). I just love going to them. My hometown store, The Record Exchange has been a staple of this town since 1977 and I’ve been going to it since 1987. I know the people that work there. One of them has been working there since at least the early 90′s and if I see him around town, I can say “Hey John, what’s up?” I’ve bought thousands of dollars worth of merchandise there. Mostly CDs, but as my passion for vinyl has once again taken off, I’m sure I’ve spent two to three hundred dollars since the start of the year on records. I just love the place. In Denver, Twist and Shout and Independent Records where my places. In Salt Lake, it’s the Grey Whale. I love record stores.
I would hate to see these great places disappear into the sunset with Drive-In movies, VHS, and Coor Extra Gold, to never be seen again. For those of you not in the know, tomorrow, April 18th, is National Record Store Day. Independent stores all across the nation will be having parties. Freebies, in store shows, DJ’s spinning records, sales, all that good stuff. My store has a ton of stuff going on tomorrow. True, it’s not all hip hop, but I can live with it. So if you can, and you have an independent store nearby (check here), do yourself a favor and hit the store up, spend some loot if you can and just have fun.
The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
Record Store Day is currently managed by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Scott Register, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
And if you are in New York, DJ Eclipse sent this to me, so hit up Fat Beats
Saturday, April 18th is Record Store Day!!!
10% off all items, all day
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10% off all items, all day