Record Store Day

I love Record Store Day. Covering the Annuals in-store performance at the Raleigh Schoolkids last year was cool, but Nashville is taking it to the next level this April 18th.  Anyone in the area should definitely make their way to Grimey’s for the amazing in-store schedule:

12:00 – The Avett Brothers
12:45 – Stardeath & White Dwarfs
1:45 – Michigan City Vandals
2:30 – DeRobert & The Half-Truths
3:15 – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
4:00 – Charlie Louvin
4:45 – Del McCoury
5:15 – Royal Bangs
6:00 – The Ettes
7:00 – Mute Math

Impressive bookends for what is sure to be a fun-filled day.  I have spent countless hours wandering through the bins at Schoolkids and CD Alley (especially during my CMR days), so I full-heartedly agree with what Cary Brothers had to say about the allure of a local record shop:

“When I was a kid, I spent the better part of my time in indie record stores, sifting through bins of CDs for new import EPs from my favorite Brit bands, befriending employees with loads of opinions to share, and discovering what I loved about music which had nothing to do with what was being sold to me on the radio. The handwritten “Staff Picks” were eternally cool, even if I sometimes hated the records. Now, my favorite “Mom and Pop” shops have started closing around me, I have to go into these superstores where they don’t know what EPs are, they can tell you where a CD is but nothing about it, and the only discs they have in stock are what’s on the radio. I feel so lucky to have grown up in indie stores where there was as much humanity in the selling of music as in the making of it.”

Furthermore, check out Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz’s fantastic response to Bob Lefsetz’s absolutely false assertion:

As for Record Store Day… How laughable is that.  If you’re salivating over this, you’re living in 1990, and hoping we go back to 1970. Record stores are dead.  As dead as your Apple II.  Some will survive, as dealers in antiquities and tchotchkes, but essentially everyone will buy online.

Although helpful in turning audiophiles onto the next buzz band, digital exposure (whether it be via your favorite blog or P2P sharing) can never replace the life that local record stores bring to music discovery.  This is why High Fidelity is one of my favorite books and why, on an obscurely pseudo-related note, Cameron Crowe is awesome: 

“The record store. Where true fandom begins. It’s the soul of discovery, and the place where you can always return for that mighty buzz. The posters. The imports. The magazines. The discerning clerks, paid in vinyl, professors of the groove. Long live that first step inside, when the music envelopes you and you can’t help it. You walk up to the counter and ask the question that begins the journey — “what is that you’re playing?” Long live the record store, and the guys and girls who turn the key, and unlock those dreams, every day.” 

Do yourself a favor and stop by your local store on April 18th to celebrate independent music.  You never know what you might accidentally discover in the process.

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