Record Store Day: The Look, The Feel, The Sound

Desiree Steele
April 24, 2018

The first Record Store Day was held on April 19, 2008, as a way to celebrate independent record stores, which are defined as "brick and mortar" retailers.

Record Store Day was founded as both an organization and an annual event celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007.

The manager of Indy CD and Vinyl, Carl Byers, said he's glad to see vinyl record sales at record levels.

"There's kind of a clubhouse mentality to a record store", said McGlothin, a customer and former owner of Speakertree Records.

Shoppers check out exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day at Planet Retro Records in St. Petersburg on April 21, 2018.


Beginning on Record Store Day, the folks at Friendly Records in Bristol have decided to make it "Record Store Weekend" with live performances from Snails, Alex Lipinski and Olive Haigh. This year's slate includes a 7-inch yellow vinyl single release of Led Zeppelin singles "Rock and Roll"/ "Friends" and the Car Seat Headrest release "Twin Fantasy", which is limited to 4,000 copies.

The store opens at 10 a.m.

Wax Trax 638 East 13th Avenue The store, which opens at 9 a.m. on Record Store Day, recently posted on its Facebook page, "We like to think, since we have a record store, that every day is a record store day: That's over 14,000 record store days that we've had since November 1978".

Over the past nine years since Record Store Day was instituted, cities across the country have declared it an official holiday.

Linkin Park is releasing their album One More Light Live on individually numbered colored vinyl. The single will be backed by a recording of "New York poem (for Polly)" taken from the album Useless Magic that will be released in July.


"That's one of the biggest misconceptions about record stores, that we're not busy, but we're busier than ever", Marsh said. Lo-fi king Mac Demarco has two separate records up for grabs and of course you can't miss indie classics from the likes of Wolf Alice and The Courteeners; they're essentials to any collection and we're not against fighting to get our hands on them!

"It has a tangible quality", he said.

Wu-Tang Clan. You can get the original Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) available on cassette for the first time since its original release in 1993.

Millennials and Generation Z also have shown an increased interest in records, Gederberg said. "I'm excited when they walk in excited, and there's a lot of stuff happening. It's something physical that I can keep, and you can't beat the sound of a vinyl". "It's interesting to go to see that, if for no other reason", he said. "It's like a cultural event".


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