This Saturday is "Record Store Day," celebrating independent record stores throughout the country. Too bad I won't be anywhere near my favorite store of all time ear x-tacy, or a close runner up from c-bus -- Used Kids Records.
I remember a time or two during my college years at Capital when I skipped class and headed off to High Street. I always ended up at Used Kids perusing the used CD racks and vinyl bins. Back in those days Used Kids was a tiny subterranean bunker of sorts, crammed full of treasures just waiting for me to discover. I even had my car towed once while I lingered endlessly in that shithole of a store. (Damn McDonalds parking lot...) Just another sacrifice made to the indie rock alter, i guess...
"I've always enjoyed the record shops....they gave me a reason to leave my house." - Pete Yorn
And ear x-tacy has profited a bit from me over the years, too....I usually went in for one thing....or just out of sheer boredom...and came out with 10 CDs in hand. How I ever afforded it, I don't know. But hey, I guess gas was a little cheaper then.
I know it's easier to download music these days, and that whole gas-price-thing doesn't help your budget either. But if you're near your local record shop on Saturday, stop in. Linger a little. Browse the bins. Give back to the peeps that gave you a refuge and a soundtrack to go with it.