This April 22, exit out of Spotify, put down your iPhone and mute the radio. For the 10th consecutive year, Record Store Day celebrates vinyl vibes, history, collectors and purchasing across the world. Whether your favorite indie vibe is at Downtown Phoenix music joint Revolver Records, Stinkweeds on Central Avenue, or Zia in Tempe, you’ve got lots of nearby options. So go, scour, score and savor the sounds!
11. BACK TO THE BEGINNING
The idea for Record Store Day was conceived in 2007. A group of record store owners came up with the concept as a way to celebrate the unique culture surrounding their stores. The first Record Store Day was April 15, 2008.
10. GOING GLOBAL
There are stores participating in Record Store Day on every continent except Antarctica.
9. FEEL THE IMPACT
People are still going out and buying records. Universal Music sales manager Marc Fayd’Herbe called the holiday the “single best thing that has ever happened” to independent record stores.
8. CELEB STATUS
The first band to hop on board was Metallica. On the first Record Store Day, the band spent hours meeting fans and signing their belongings at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.
7. DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Each year, dozens of exclusive releases drop on Record Store Day. Last year included albums by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Madonna.
6. COPY CATS
Inspired by the success, some labels in the UK started Cassette Store Day in 2013 with limited success. There were celebrations in the U.S., UK, Australia, Germany and France.
5. FOSTERING THE FUN
Each year, Record Store Day appoints an ambassador to spread the word about the celebration and hang at a store during the festivities. This year’s pick is St. Vincent, who joins the likes of past ambassadors Iggy Pop and Jack White.
4. PURPLE RAIN
Old albums are re-released on vinyl each year. This year, several 12-inch maxi-singles from Prince will come out. The pop star was an avid vinyl supporter and loved visiting his local store.
3. VINYL REVIVAL
While CDs took over the market in the ‘80s and ‘90s, vinyl began to resurge in the early 2000s. The vinyl revival began and 2016 marked the highest sales in vinyl records in the U.S. since 1988.
2. CHART TOPPERS
The bestselling vinyl in 2008, when the holiday began, was In Rainbows by Radiohead. Last year’s best selling release was Blackstar by David Bowie.
1. PRESS RECORD
Getting involved with Record Store Day is as easy as going to your local shop and buying a record. Whether you hang it on your wall, listen to it or give it to a friend, you’re a part of the party.