It’s that time of year again, Record Store Day. And while it’s lost a bit of its luster in recent years, not only are there still some decent limited edition pieces of vinyl to pick up, there’s also a great sense of community between music lovers that has been all but erased in the digital age.
Think about it; you want to hear a song,you don’t turn on the radio, you go to the artist website or hit up YouTube or Spotify. And if you like it enough to purchase? You no longer go to the mall or the standalone record store to pick it up, you go to iTunes or Amazon. There’s no interaction anymore. Even if you go to a bar, you don’t have to leave your stool to play music; download the TouchTunes app and you can pick and play tracks from the jukebox.
That’s why events like Record Store Day are so important, it’s encourages people to take a shared interest and mix it up among others into the same thing.
This year, Metallica are the Record Store Day official ambassadors. They join past luminaries Jack White, Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl and Chuck D from Public Enemy.
Head over to The Daily Times to see five of the essential picks I’ve made for this year’s RSD.
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