Record Store Day
This Saturday April 18th is Record Store Day . You know Record Stores, those shops and buildings that sell those cd's and vinyls in your nearest town centre. I see them as culturally important, be they indie rock n roll, dance or everything, a snaphot of what's going on in the scene around the world and locally. Try getting a new band's single or album on a DIY label into a chain store at it can be difficult. These independent shops will most probably stock them, advertise them and sell them. With downloads and online shopping threatening these shops, this Saturday will see bands play instore gigs, special releases only available in the shops, and a general vibe of excitement. The whole thing started in America, and has spread across the world. A good excuse to pop into your local shop and ask them to recommend a good new local band for you! Do it!