Tomorrow is National Record Store Day! This is a day to support and take pride in your local independent record store. Stop in and buy something, anything
, as a way to say thanks and keep local business alive and awesome.
In Madison (home of the CDP), my favorite establishment is B-Side Records. As it stands, every time there’s something I just can’t seem to find anywhere else, they’ll have it at B-Side. Why I don’t just start looking there in the first place remains to be seen, which I’ll admit is a little ridiculous of me. I’ll use tomorrow as a way to apologize and right this injustice.
(B-Side Records – Madison.)
Like most of us, I’m addicted to iTunes. I’m addicted to their ease of use, their cheap prices and instant satisfaction. However, there’s nothing cooler and more rewarding than discovering a band at a brick-and-mortar locale that takes you by surprise, blows you away and reminds you that there’s a lot more out there than ‘Recommended Picks’ through Apple and random celebrities. Rifling through stacks of albums at an independent is akin to finding things out about yourself that you may have otherwise forgotten. Old bands are rediscovered, new bonds are formed, and you get to be part of a scene that relies on your support.
(EarWax – Madison.)
Another cool store in downtown Madison is EarWax
, if only because they’re so hardcore that it scares me. Everytime I walk in that place, I feel like I’m about to be butchered, which is absolutely rad to me. The last time I visited EarWax (which is almost hidden in a second floor room off of State Street
), I had just come from work and was wearing a tie, which officially qualified me as the sorest thumb on Earth for Metal Record Store clientele.
(Radio Kos Records – Stevens Point.)
Statewide, my #1 favorite store is Radio Kaos Records
in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Even though I’ve only become aware of it in the past year, I plan on making an annual trek there for splurging. Their selection was absolutely incredible; they had armloads of albums that I had all but given up on looking for. I kid you not, the last time I visited Radio Kaos, I walked out with fifteen
records, including two albums that I’m certain were illegal to sell. That’s the kind of place you’re going to want to go back to.
Sound off in the comments section, talk about your favorite local record store and enjoy your weekend.