National Record Store Day…

Today is National Record Store Day.

First off, if you don’t know what a record is, i’m virtually slapping you right now. Secondly, if your idea of a record store is FYE, i’m virtually kicking you in the shin right now.

But for those of you not getting kicked or slapped by me, here’s what the day is all about:

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 Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. 

Pretty cool huh?

Now Here’s the thing; i don’t get to enjoy record store day. You would think that being 25 miles from the state capital would afford me the ability to walk into an old school record store, pick up some exclusive releases, some limited edition vinyl and support a local business instead of a chain, right?

Wrong.

Unfortunately the last indie record shop in the area closed a few years ago and now my choices are limited to big box stores and the web. And since i am a self admitted music fanatic this kind of bums me out. No matter how much the music world has advanced & changed, to me there’s still nothing better than walking into a little mom and pop indie shop. posters & concert flyers coating the walls, bin after bin of cd’s and records, new & used. Taking your new purchases home, ripping off the wrappers and pouring over the liner notes & lyrics as you listened to a new cd over and over. Sadly enough i can also remember doing this with cassettes, but enough dating myself.

I guess my point is this; our parents were right about one thing, sometimes things were better “back then”. So if you have a chance today, run out to your local record store and help support artists & local business, you won’t regret it.

and pick up a gift for me  = )

HERE is a cool little article about Record Store Day, and HERE is the official website run by the creators of this awesome day. Also, HERE is a list of the special releases coming out today.

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