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Record Stores Are Not Dead
Buying music in a record store is a lost art. The wondrous hours spent searching through a record store, flipping through the racks and stacks, discovering amazing cover art and waiting for that record or CD to arrive at your local store have been replaced by instant access to music online. Working in a record store used to be every teenager's dream job (think Empire Records).
Record Store Day is a reminder why record stores are worth visiting and supporting, and, according to the organisers of the day, "is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store – the staff, the customers, and the artists – to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities".
A number of gigs will be held around Melbourne and there will be loads of in-store specials and limiteds for you to drool over.
At Readings, St Kilda, Dan Sultan will be playing songs from his latest album, Blackbird; Wonder Boy, Empat Lima and Chook Race will be doing gigs at TITLE Fitzroy on Gertrude Street; and DJ S2H will be spinning metal tunes at Eureka Rebelling Trading. Eureka Rebelling Trading is also only charging $50 for music inspired tattoo flash on Record Store Day, with flash sheets available from El Bernandes, Jamie August, Lone Wolf and Myles Paten.
All pre-loved vinyl will be half price at Leading Edge Music Sale. The store is also hosting live performances from guitar students; Brody Young, a blues guitarist and song writer from Traralgon; Charlie Campbell, a singer/songwriter from Bairnsdale; and Fiona Boyse, one of Australia's premier female blues guitarists. In addition, a $200 guitar will be raffled.
Conceived in 2007, this will be the 8th Record Store Day, with the day being celebrated on every continent except Antarctica. Record stores are not dead!
It might not be Rex Manning Day, but don't dwell, submerge yourself in record store culture on 19 April, and support these independent stores so they can stay a part of our multicultural, multi-subculture city.