Old school music buffs can blissfully enjoy Record Store Day on April 19, and say hello to vinyl and goodbye to digital as record stores across the globe celebrate this momentous occasion. A wide array of artists including Devo, Bruce Springsteen, Lydia Loveless, Joe Strummer and more plan on releasing exclusive vinyl albums just for this event.
Record Store Day, which began in San Francisco in 2008, celebrates the culture of the “record store,” the once-popular locations for music admirers to purchase actual tangible recordings of their favorite bands to be enjoyed at home. The holiday began as a way to help support independent music retailers. Record Store Day is currently celebrated by stores across the world and on every continent save for Antarctica.
The independent record stores that are still afloat (many have had to close due to the digital age) often spend weeks preparing for the biggest day of the year when people will line up in droves just to get certain rare album releases from their favorite musicians.
Select vinyl albums will also be released by Katy Perry, Skrillex, Paramore, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, the Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Little Dragon, Fleetwood Mac, Of Montreal, Fleetwood Mac, Jay-Z/Linkin Park, David Bowie, The Civil Wars, and Ray LaMontagne.
The vinyl releases will be a first for many of the above artists, encouraging music collectors to jump on the opportunity. In addition, many local record stores plan on celebrating with free concerts, giveaways, and DJ spins to encourage people to attend.
Music aficionados and collectors will say hello vinyl and goodbye to digital on Record Store Day, a time to remember the nostalgic time when vinyl records were the only music medium to play favorite songs from iconic artists such as The Beatles and Janis Joplin. But why do many prefer vinyl over digital, even nowadays?
For some it is the distinct sound of a vinyl record that attracts, (including scratches and occasional surface noise) for others it is just the simple fact that it is not digital and something tangible. Physically holding a record enhances the listening process and gives the listener a sense of longing, to anxiously have to wait to hear their bought music making the process more exciting, said Allen Clapp, lead singer of the Orange Peels band.
Although the popularity of owning vinyl records is increasing, they only represent 2 percent of overall album sales reported Billboard magazine. On the other hand, Amazon documented that sales from vinyl records have jumped up 745 percent since 2008.
A large number of people really enjoy collecting vinyl albums from several different generations as well as different genres, saying that their music compilation reflects different times in their life and memories they want to keep. In addition to collectors, young teens are getting turned on to the vinyl craze, and an entire day to learn about records just fuels the fire.
So whether the intrigue is adding to that ever-growing record assortment, or just enjoying the excitement of owning a rare release from an adored artist, music lovers can be sure to stock up on vinyl and say goodbye to digital on Record Store Day.
By Amy Nelson