For lovers of vintage sound and style, Record Store Day has been circled, underlined, and circled again on the calendar for weeks. Running since 2008, this annual event has become a celebration of independent musos as much as it pays homage to the veteran greats, with their record companies insisting on reissuing old albums on every other anniversary.
Whatever music you’re celebrating, it’s important to keep fighting the good fight in a hostile market. And it doesn’t come much more hostile than the music biz. Competing not only with bully-boy corporate retailers, the humble independently-owned record store is also up against digital downloads and the scourge of internet piracy.
But where there’s a will there’s a way. And record collectors and enthusiasts around the world have shown that support tomorrow at music (and some book) stores right across the country.
Growing bigger each year, Record Store Day has become far more than just about the bottom line: it provides fans with an opportunity to meet some of their favourite bands and performers, while the artists themselves are able to get new material out to the people.
Whether you’re keen to get your mitts on some classics or want to opt for a batch of fresh sounds on vinyl, Saturday’s the day for record shop hopping. Chris Prindiville
Record Store Day 2017 is on worldwide, Saturday 21 April.
For a list of special releases this year, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com.au.
Otherwise see suggestions below.
The Basement Discs
24 Block Place, Melbourne
15 Union Street, Brunswick
358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
51 Wangaratta St, Richmond
New South Wales
181 Church Street, Parramatta
Red Eye Records
143 York Street, Sydney
413 King St, Newtown
Living Sound & Vision
121 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
12/360 Logan Road, Greenslopes
60 Pulteney St, Adelaide
Diabolik Books & Records
149 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Shop 5/851 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park & 18b/663 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Tommy Gun Records
127 Elizabeth St, Hobart
30 Garema Place, Canberra