Oh, Austin. Our relationship with record stores is a saga of trauma and bliss. We’ve seen some great ones come and go (Inner Sanctum, Record/Sound Exchange, Recycled Records, Music Mania, Cheapo) and some that came and stayed (Waterloo, End of an Ear).
There’s one thing we’ve never given up on in all that time: vinyl. (Ha! Bet you thought that would be “showing off obscure knowledge” or “‘surprising’ admissions of love for mainstream pop.”) We even had a vinyl pressing plant for a brief stint in the 1990s (albeit one with very limited and arcane output).
Now there’s a national marketing holiday to celebrate record stores, and we couldn’t be happier. Record Store Day has become more elaborate over the years, with special releases by artists, events that aren’t at record stores, and the like. It falls on Saturday, April 13, this year, and many shops will have special events and deals throughout the day.
Below, we’ve mapped Austin’s best, most tried-and-true record stores—whether or not they’re participating in RSD 2019. We’ll add more before the big day, so if we missed one of your favorites (on the official list of participating stores or not), let us know in the comments section.Read More