It is almost that time again.
Next Sunday, April 19th, music lovers and hipsters (not mutually exclusive) will descend upon their favorite indie record stores and buy all of the things! Well, perhaps not all of the things, after all, we want to keep our stores in business, and not have them closed for a few days due to lack of inventory (although I don’t think the stores would mind too much. They’d probably love knowing they had that much love from their local communities).
But seriously though: Record Store Day is one of my all time favorite days of the year. Music has always been part of my life and that passion has only grown as the years have gone by. This year I’m doing the full music geek thing and I’m going to love every moment of it. I ordered a retro turntable via the interwebs, where one can buy many of such products, and I am absolutely planning on visiting at least two of Salt Lake’s indie record stores: Graywhale and Randy’s Records. After all, what is a turntable without records to play? (The actual excitement I have about this whole thing cannot be transmitted properly through the interwebs)
A few of the things I am looking forward to seeing and maybe (if I’m really, really lucky) buying:
- Garbage – Girls Talk (featuring a duet with Brody Dalle. HOLY SHIT. This is how I know I exist in the right time.)
- Black Prairie – Fortune
- Big Mama Thornton – Sassy Mama
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – remaster of Dip-Dappin’
- The Dresden Dolls – The Dresden Dolls. I would so dig owning this on vinyl.
For the music geeks out there: What’s your relationship with Record Store Day? Do you love it? Question its existence? How often do you find what you want? How often do you walk out the record store horribly disappointed? Do you have any other traditions you observe on this, the holiest of “keep indie music/culture alive” days? Do you have other music holidays that you alone observe and think that they should be as big as Record Store Day? Share your thoughts in the comments!
And before I end this post entirely:
Salt Lake City, indie music stores may not be as popular as our coffee shops, but we do have quite a few options for buying new music! So please support your local record stores!
Graywhale | This shop has several locations, so even if you’re not in Salt Lake proper, there may well be one in your area! Check the website to find your nearest location!
Randy’s Records | This is a must visit location for the serious lovers of vinyl. Randy’s has been around since 1978 and has Utah’s largest collection of used and new vinyl. Even if you don’t find the Special Record Store Day release that you’re super stoked about, you will find something equally if not more awesome and unexpected.
Heavy Metal Shop | The Heavy Metal Shop is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Despite being tucked inside a small alley in downtown Salt Lake, it has a reputation that goes far outside of Utah’s borders*. The shop has been around since 1987 and is a great place to go for those who love their music heavy.
Raunch Records | This is the BEST stop for punk rock albums that you don’t already have in your collection. In addition to a crazy awesome selection of punk/hardcore and more–it also has a great staff who are happy to answer questions. Oh! and zines! GO BUY ZINES BECAUSE THEY’RE AWESOME.
*Hey, that hoodie Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells is wearing sure looks familiar….Oh! That’s because it’s from the Heavy Metal Shop based in Salt Lake! Whoa!