If you grew up with email at school – hell even computers at school – you probably did not grow up with vinyl. These days your favourite tracks are rarely worn out by needles, chewed up by your AIWA walkman or high speed dubbed for your secret crush on your ghettoblaster.
You can’t catch the eye of a fellow music nerd while browsing the isles of Spotify…So maybe it’s time to head to your local record store and get physical?
As Nick Hornby says “Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.” Impossible not to agree. Record stores have always held a special kind of magic. Even the likes of Our Price (remember them!?) and HMV had a certain kind of charm in the 90s. But it’s the indie gems like Rough Trade, Phonica, Flash Back and other dark, dusty gems hidden down neighbourhood side streets that the real enchantment lies. As soon as you walk through the doors of these places, your kudos points soar, your mood spirals upwards on a totally natural high and your body language loosens up. See – record stores are good for you!
Seven inches? Twelve inches?! Saturday April 19th 2014 is a day music obsessives will be getting hot under the collar: Record Store Day unites music geeks across the world bringing fans, artists and of course shop staff together for a day of unadulterated nerd-ism which will see special releases, street parties and live music to celebrate the culture of record shops. To find out your nearest participating click here and keep april 19th in the diary!
RSD is now in it’s 7th year and XFM will be broadcasting the day’s events as shops all over the UK get involved and turn up the volume.
If you’re too young to remember the magic of vinyl – it’s never too late to learn. And if your house currently has an overflowing living room because your collection is so obscenely huge, chuck out your sofa and make more room!