Monday April 16th is National Record Store Day. If you are a collector of records and an overall nice person, strut on down to your local record store (if it still exists) and buy yourself an 8-track; record; CD; or magazine. Support your local business and a worldwide cause.
Founded in 2007 by independent record store employee Chris Brown (not beat down) to celebrate the art and preservation of music. Over 700 independent record stores around the world participate; and recording artists as big as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen have performed. The band Wilco declared that they wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for their local record store – and then showed up to one in Knoxville, TN and played. Artists also issue special release vinyl and CD’s to commemorate the occasion.
I’ll be tapping around my local neighborhood looking for a little waxy-poos. Hope you can too. For more information about where National Record Store Day is happening in your neck of the woods, click here.
Also if you dig listening to more about the history of this holiday, check out a recent show that NPR host Colin McEnroe did about vinyl.