Happy Record Store Day!
April 21st 2012 is Record Store Day!
In a world of digital music, the idea of the record store seems quaint. We don't hesitate to download that song we just heard on the radio with a few clicks of a smartphone.
The quality, abundance and accessibility of online music meccas have taught us to be less discriminatory about the music we want to listen to, download, buy and share. We've become our own music experts and curators. A diehard Rush fan might pay to add Justin Bieber's latest hit to his arsenal because he can do it cheaply and anonymously online.
Rewind to a time, not so long ago, when acquiring music was a pilgrimage to your local record store, where you would spend hours sifting through vinyl after vinyl for the album that would allow a vicarious foray into the angst, yearning or giddiness of this iconic rock band or of that catchy pop idol.
Maybe your search pays off, or perhaps you find yourself empty-handed--BUT--you don't leave the shop so long as you have not consulted the encyclopedic knowledge of the shopkeep. He'll inform you of new releases, have you sample a selection of musical tidbits tailored to your whims, dig out an electronica EP from some unknown Swedish guy before producing, from behind the impossibly cluttered counter, the Beatles White Album UK 1968 mono LP cover no. 0000005. Sure it's selling for more than your parents' car is worth, but it's enough just to know you were exposed to its magnificence.
Snap back to 2012, where RecordStoreDay.com is in its fifth year of paying tribute to American and international independent record stores (yes, they still exist!). Special releases abound, events and performances are held. No two shops will celebrate the same way. The idea is that on the third Saturday of April, music and vinyl will be celebrated.
Steps away from our Saint-Denis street location, Beatnick and Le Pick Up are Record Store Day participants and we encourage you to encourage them today and everyday.
We thought Record Store Day would be the perfect platform to introduce the Vinylize eyewear collection by Tipton. Hailing from Budapest, these frames are constructed from pressed vinyl records. Even the cases are made of sculpted records! Tipton eyewear is exclusive to Georges Laoun Opticien in the province of Quebec.
Here are some photos to tide you over until your next visit to our shops: