Today’s print column mentions Record Store Day, a promotional event. OK, it’s a gimmick, but one I’m fine with supporting. Record stores, bookstores, comic book shops — these are as much my home as my actual home.
The event is Saturday. You can read about it on the official site, which includes a bunch of quotes from prominent musicians and music lovers (I like the one from writer Nick Hornby) and a list of participating stores, albeit no information at all as to the whys and wherefores. We can imagine why, though: Downloading, Amazon and Best Buy are killing record shops. Thus, they’re trying to promote themselves, and good for them.
Rhino Records in Claremont appears to be the only local store participating, not that there’s a lot of competition, other than Dr. Strange in Rancho Cucamonga, which is punk-only, and Glass House Records and Needles and Pins, two small shops in downtown Pomona.
Anyhow, Rhino’s site gives the details on its plans: live music, exclusive 7-inch and LP-only releases, giveaways and a parking lot sale, plus 10 percent off all merchandise. The store, at 225 Yale Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day.
It’s billed as the “first annual” Record Store Day and one can only hope record stores exist long enough to have a few sequels.
Feel free to post comments about record stores of the present and past.