When was the last time you bought a CD? Since it’s first iteration from the USA in 2007, every year I always look forward to Record Store Day. It’s a time when independent record stores get together to celebrate music and the remember that it’s not all just iTunes; artists actually produce a disc complete with album artwork too! Given the recent decline of the likes of Zavvi (previously Virgin Megastore) and financial woes of HMV, we truly are in sad times if you have to go to Asda to browse for CDs. When HMV, sadly, kicks the bucket it will be the end of an era.
However, there are still independent record stores for the purists like myself, who could spend hours browsing CD/DVD collections of nostalgia and intrigue. I like the fact of owning something physical and looking at the artwork of the CD sleeve. I sometimes get disappointed in paying £10 for a CD and there’s nothing but lyrics in the sleeve! Digital pricing has a long way to go if it thinks it can charge the same, and sometimes more, for something that’s tangible.
What makes Record Store Day more recognised too is the fact that artists produce EPs and vinyls purely to be sold through these independent stores for the day. They may just be b-sides or unreleased tracks from an album, but these you won’t find on iTunes. The UK’s 2012 highlights include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane as well as some re-releases from the likes of the Sex Pistols.
So, if you have some time to kill today, try and head down to your local record store and support the hard copy format. You can find more and a list of participating stores by clicking the image for a link to the official RSD site.