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Record Store Day is becoming a wonderful annual tradition among music lovers of the school that physical records are better than digital. Over half of those people are vinyl-crazy, which makes Record Store Day such a success. The video above was created for alt-music store End of An Ear by radio station KUT, and is exemplary of the special kind of love we have for record shops.
Record Store Day started with the intent to save local shops – an attempt to return to the days before digi-releases – and celebrate the physical releases as goods we purchase and hold onto forever. Now, Record Store Day is nationwide in participating independent record shops. Some host in-store performances and exclusive ‘Record Store Day’ releases, including Ellie Goulding‘s Lights. A full list of these titles can be found here in PDF format. And although that PDF is official, it is by no means a comprehensive list of what you’ll find going on in your town on April 16th.
Basically, you ought to find the best locally-owned record shop near you and just hang out there on April 16th. It’s what music people used to do before the internet. Work out your criticisms with heads at the store, instead of typing away in the comments section (say it to their face!) Find some records, listen to exclusive new releases and feel the vinyl in your hands. Happy Record Store Day to all, and RIP Fat Beats NY.