THIS coming Sat (Apr 17) is Record Store Day. I encourage you to go out and visit your local indie record store. Vinyl records are making a comeback, so consider buying one or two (or a new-fangled CD, if you'd rather). For participating shops in your area see: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues. There is also a list of RSD exclusives (mostly vinyl) described in RSD_2010_RELEASES_WEBSITE.pdf
RSD Challenge: Go out and buy at least one cool vinyl disk, even if you don't have a record player. Vinyl is good for the soul. And if you're a photographer, please visit your participating store and get some shots to share. The idea is to help these independent dealers to survive in a changing music marketplace.
If you don't have a record player, you could always spin your new disk at Sunday Spins at Toad. Here's the info:
Vinyl Lovers Unite! 3-8pm every Sunday Sign up on the list and play three songs each turn. Toad's own, Josh Buckley, says "It's a great way to hear new music from other people's collections and keep the tradition of listening to records alive."
NPR music had a great article for RSD: Records And Stores We Love. They asked the following three questions, which lots of people have left replies:
- What was the first independent record store that shaped, inspired or merely catered to your musical tastes?
- What was the first album that changed your life?
- What is one of the most prized albums or singles in your collection?
While there probably are cooler indie stores in the Cambridge area, Newbury Comics made Paste's list of "The 17 Coolest Record Stores". They have a lot going on for RSD 2010, including in-store performances, free stuff and exclusive RSD disks. I'll probably end up there, since I have one close to me. [Click here to read the details]
On a somewhat related note, Burlington-based Rounder Records (the record label) was acquired by LA's Concord Music Group, after 40 years as an independent record label. The press release is here: http://www.rounder.com/news/detail.aspx?nid=4110