The smell of the vinyl. The sound of the needle scratch. The anticipation of an album release, and the subsequent thumbing through liner notes and admiring of special packaging. You can relive it all on National Record Store Day. On April 21, some of today’s most-loved musicians return to distribution roots with limited-release pressings, plus special classic re-releases.
On our shopping list? The Grateful Dead, Leonard Cohen and Afrika Bambaataa, plus Cursive, Garbage and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. To make your list, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
On the local front, Zia Records will have more than 250 artist offerings, including albums only available at indie retailers. Avalon Landing, Aleh and
Langston Graves will perform. Zia’s local compilation, You Heard Us Back When, Vol. 6, is also up for grabs with proceeds going toward the Beer for Brains Foundation. So get out and do some shopping the old-school way. Only thing left to do is find that old turntable in storage.