Missing Record Store Day?

How To Get Your Vinyl Fix During A Quarantine

April 17, 2020
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For those of us who still buy vinyl records, there's nothing quite like slicing open the shrink wrap, taking out a brand new, pristine, shiny vinyl record album, and putting it on the turntable for the first time.

It was supposed to be Record Store Day on Saturday, April 18th. It's been rescheduled for June 20th. That's a long time to wait, isn't it?

Here are some suggestions to get you through.

1. Experience Hi-Fidelity a different way. Watch the John Cusack movie, the new Hulu version, or better yet, read the book by Nick Hornby. As someone who has hung out in a record store, I can vouch for the book's authentic feel (even though I didn't hang out in a British record store!)

2. Watch a vinyl related documentary. Sound It Out was the official Record Store Day movie from 2011, and it's available to stream for free this weekend. Info here.

3. Revisit your vinyl collection. Most of us listen to one side of albums more than the other--so to switch things up, listen to side 2! You might find some new favorite songs.

4. Peruse the websites of your favorite local record stores. Yeah, they're closed now, but you can still order from them! Check out Strictly Discs, Mad City Music, and B-Side Records in Madison.

5. Take another look at the Record Store Day list and get ready for June 20. Cross your fingers and hopefully we can all go flip through stacks of wax by then!