Saturday is Record Store Day. I’m bracing myself for a busy morning with fellow music lovers around Seattle. My goal is to get one or two vinyl records max. It’s hard to resist the urge to buy everything in sight when you know artists are selling limited and special editions of their music.
Dozens of music stores throughout Washington are participating. Here’s a long list of what artists are offering up, from unreleased songs and special remixes to reissues and live performances. So many gems, including material from the likes of Gary Clark, Jr., Best Coast, Grizzly Bear, and Rodriguez.
I’ll let the guys from one of my favorite bands, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. out of Detroit, explain what the big deal is (as they offer a glimpse of their own RSD release, limited to 3,000 copies nationwide):
The first Record Store Day took place April 19, 2008 as a way to celebrate what remains of independently-owned record stores nationwide. Metallica kicked off the annual event at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. Now it happens every third weekend in April.
Supporting local businesses is so important. Record Store Day is a fun reminder that we shouldn’t take our local music shops for granted. I don’t want to see these public gathering spaces go away. I’m sure Queen Anne residents are missing their neighborhood’s Easy Street Records. I wrote about the store’s January closure in this editorial notebook.
So set aside the digital downloads and enjoy the art of music for a while. Not just the sound of notes, but also the touch of a physical object and interactions with fellow music enthusiasts in a mom-and-pop shop.
Are you heading out to an indie music store on Saturday? Have any records you recommend I check out? Share in the comments below. Send me an email by clicking on my byline above. Or find me on Twitter: @uscthanhtan and use the hashtag #RSD13.
I’ll post another story to our blog on Monday to share what I found on my RSD journey.