In 2007 a group of independent record store owners and employees came up with a way to get more people to shop at their stores. The idea was to reach out to musicians, record labels, and other record stores to get them to agree upon a single day a year where they would all release material (records, CDs, etc.) exclusive to their stores and in limited quantities. The first-ever Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008, (which coincidentally was my 38th Birthday). It was and continues to be a success for reviving Independent record stores around the world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Record Store Day was postponed in April. The silver lining is that now, instead of one RSD, there are three mini RSD’s in 2020. The first one already happened in August and the next two will be on Sept. 26th and Oct. 24th.
Being a part-time record store worker myself, I’ve had the opportunity to witness this event first hand along with the excitement and community that it fosters. I live in Kansas City and for whatever reason, we have a lot of records stores. It’s something that I really love about living here. The store I work for opened up at 7 am on the first RSD and there was a line around the corner of people waiting to get in when I arrived at 6:30. We enforced the mask mandate and kept everyone at a safe distance. Luckily, we had enough space to allow people to browse the new releases at a safe distance. I saw all kinds of folks there including parents with their kids. It was really beautiful. There were people who knew exactly what they wanted and people who were open to getting turned on to something new. The coolest part, for me, was that some people hung around and chatted. I got to see some old friends. We passed out candy bars and cans of soda. Of course, it was different, but it was the closest thing to a social gathering that I’d been to since the beginning of the pandemic.
Some people might see a contradiction between promoting a Spotify Playlist and talking about Record Store Day. But the way I see it, it’s all about the music. One of my favorite things about music is how it can bring people together. That’s what’s important to me. If you happened to be in KC on September 26th come on by and say, “Hi!” And if you can’t do that, maybe check out the Independent record store near you.
Below is a playlist of songs that I’ve been listening to for the past month. I hope it helps to bring more music into your life. – Thanks for listening, MMM
This month’s playlist includes songs by L- Seven, Zooboy, Lisa Li-Lund, The Burning Hell, Pink Floyd, Kathleen Edwards, Moses Boyd, The Comet Is Coming, Alabaster DePlume, Lo Tom, DakhaBrakha, Angel Olsen
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