Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Record Store Day!

Record Store Day! About time there was a record store day. Now that everyone gets all of their music from the web and big box retailers, it's all too easy to forget that there are still hundreds of terrific independent records stores around. You have to look harder now - my late, lamented Boogie Records of Toledo went off into the sunset a few years ago, and last week we were in Ferndale and Record Time was just - gone. There's an article about it here.

Still, better to celebrate the ones that are still around, and that is what Record Store Day is for. On April 19 there will be lots of in-store activities, and tons of stores are participating.


Jeremy said...

They still have a location in Roseville, that's where I go to pick up all my vinyl.

It's kind of sad, but with digital downloads and big box stores, the independent stores are completely being choked out.

I remember (not that long ago, either) when there were actual record shops EVERYWHERE.

However, I don't really miss the pretentious slackers who worked there that mock my musical tastes. Maybe that was really the downfall of the record store.

Jonathan said...

I haven't been to the Roseville store in a long time. It's a great place but a real hike for a place where I mainly stick to the dollar bin.

Regarding the idea that they used to be everywhere - same for independent bookstores. Everything has been commoditized, whether it is mass merchandise, sporting goods, books, records, pharmacies - America has consolidated in the name of market efficiency.

On the one hand if the independents were not charging $18 for a CD when Best Buy was charging $12 they might have lasted, but it is also a totally unfair comment because they lacked the buying power to do so. A classic, depressing Catch-22.