Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Every Day Should Be Record Store Day

Last year, a couple months before the first Record Store Day, my favorite Atlanta record store closed. (Yes, I'm still grieving.) It happened again this year: Ella Guru closed in March. But there's also good news for record store shoppers. Reactionary Records reopened in East Atlanta (at 465a Flat Shoals Avenue, across from the EARL). As a service to Atlanta visitors, here are the remaining independent retailers of CD's and vinyl in the ATL area:

Audio Alternative
website
Book Nook
review
Circle Sky
myspace
Criminal Records
website
Decatur CD
website
Fantasyland
review
Feed Your Head
myspace
Full Moon Records
review
Low Yo-Yo Stuff
myspace
Moods Music
website
Reactionary Records
myspace
Records Galore
review
Secur Music
website
Stickfigure
website
Sweet Melissa
website
Wax N Facts
myspace
Wuxtry
website

Check out this
documentary about Rough Trade, founded on the idea that (in Geoff Travis' words) "a record shop could be a lot more than just a place where you bought records". The film is about the birth of independent labels, and about the contradictions between idealism and commerce. I love the part when Mayo Thompson muses that Rough Trade's ambitions to balance the two may have been a case of "drinking too much of your own piss".

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2 Comments:

At 4/23/2009 9:08 PM , OpenID spanghew said...

And Milwaukee's Atomic Records closed a month or two prior to Record Store Day, too...

 
At 4/24/2009 4:47 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

That's sad. I remember when it was Ludwig Van Ear. My dad drove me there so I could drop off my fanzine...

 

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