Let’s Hear It for Record Store Day!
By Katie Ball
Music lovers across the globe all have stories of that first record store that ushered in their individual Age of Enlightenment. Chances are, those little shops of our youth are long gone, particularly now that digital technology offers customers the chance to shop from home with a click. But there are still die-hard fans out there who not only continue to go out into the world seeking used vinyl and new and used CDs, these folks are also fostering a young brood of new music lovers; buyers who are still willing to embrace new technology but also looking for both the tangible and more intrinsic benefits of vinyl.
Ringing in Record Store Day
More and more artists are answering the call by issuing new recordings in said-format, often in spectacular colors (and more and more with a digital download code included as a free bonus). Still, independent record stores throughout the country are struggling.
On the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day is celebrated throughout the world, where your favorite independent gets the chance to dream up all sorts of shenanigans to help celebrate the cornerstone of a music lover’s community. In honor of this year’s Record Store Day (April 17th) producer Katie Ball wandered around her three favorite haunts in Orlando, Florida: East-West Music Records, Rock & Roll Heaven and Park Ave CDs.
Be sure to check out the new Sounds of the Re:Union feature, For the Record, where we chronicle independent gems from across the country. We started with The Beat in Sacramento, California, and are working on an episode about the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans.