Hello my lovelies. Record Store Day is coming up quick. This wonderful holiday was conceived by Chris Brown in 2007 and founded 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.”
As recordstoreday.com explains:
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.
Awesome, right? Look-iTunes, Amazon, and other sites have taken over a lot of the selling of music, etc. And, let me tell you I understand. When you can’t find the CD you want down the street or you dont even have time to walk down the street, it is uber easy to just hop online and order that LP. But to be honest the independent music store isn’t just a place where music and other paraphenlia is sold. It is an atmosphere. You are surrounded by others that share the same love and passion for music that you do. You can meet new people and learn about new music. It is awesome to walk into a mom-n-pop record store and know that they not only have the shit you like but also have people there that can help introduce you to new stuff too. Internet and Best Buy can’t replace the people available at Fingerprints, Amoeba, or Boo Boo Records–that is factual.
So, April 18th be there. I’ll be at Fingerprints buying some tunes and watching The Bird and the Bee and Crystal Antlers perform live in honor of this rad holiday.