Posted on 04/19/2018 at 11:18 AM by Troy Cummings
Record Store Day
April 21st is Record Store Day! This annual event began in 2007 and is held on one Saturday every April to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store". What started as a relatively small event in Baltimore, has grown into an international event which highlights the importance of record stores to music fans and musicians. Even major record labels have gotten involved by releasing limited edition albums to be sold in select music stores on Record Store Day.
Record stores sell many formats of music, but records (vinyl) are by far the the biggest seller. This is the preferred format for aficionados due to the difference in digital and analog recordings. The sound produced from analog (vinyl) recording is superior to digital (CD/mp4) recording because analog is able to capture the complete sound wave. In addition to the higher sound quality, listening to a record is also more of an experience. You need to place the record on the turntable and flip it over halfway through. You also need to interact with the record when skipping tracks to find your favorite song. Part of this experience includes the artwork on the record jackets and the liner notes and lyrics printed on the inner sleeves. Even the act of record shopping plays into this overall experience.
All of this may seem like vinyl has more of an appeal to the music collector rather than the casual listener, but it's worth noting that record sales are currently at 25 year high! Streaming music revenues make up the largest portion of profits, but it's clear that records are here to stay. Cassette tape sales are even on the rise, but I'll save that for another blog post.
Whether you're hunting for an old Beatles or Hank Williams record, or just want to grab the newest release from Taylor Swift or Ty Segall, you can find a list of participating record stores here. Even if your favorite music store isn't on the list, it's still a great time to get out and support your local record store!
Written by Troy Cummings