Remember the days when you used to spend hours on end at your local record store flipping through rows of CDs and dusty second hand vinyl, trying to decide whether to spend your cash on the import only album that you’ve had on order for a month, or the new Blur box set which just caught your eye on the way in, or whether you should just blow the rest of your pay cheque to get both…?
Well maybe you’re still doing that, but if you’re more like me you might require a bit more inspiration with something like International Record Store Day to pull you back into your favourite independent record shop.
In its 3rd year running in Australia (4th year worldwide) it’s a movement that is building ground swell steadily. This year in Australia over 70 stores have signed up to participate with special live performances, store wide discounts and giveaways planned.
To celebrate in the UK Radiohead are releasing limited edition vinyl for sale in independent UK stores and in the USA the Beastie Boys are releasing their own limited edition 12”.
It’s all happening tomorrow on Saturday 16th of April. Our pics for the day are;
The Jezabels at Hum on King (starts at 11am so get there early)
Gurrumul at 78 Records in Perth
A massive day of music at Rocking Horse Records in Brissie with sets from Massai, The Honey Month, Ben Salter and Frank Turner (UK)
Polyester in the Melbourne city store with Oscar & Martin,Mick Turner (Dirty Three, Tren Brothers) and Eat Skull (USA).
Free vinyl evaluation at Rockaway Records in Logan City
Loads of stores nation wide are offering big discounts and performances from local bands, to check out what’s happening close to you go to www.recordstoreday.com.au