Monday, March 30, 2009

Record Store Day

The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Record Store Day is currently managed by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Scott Register, and Carrie Colliton. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
Read more about it and get ongoing updates at the Record Store Day website.


  1. The only ones I've been to here were Rock around the Clock in Eisenhauer flea market and Flipside.

    As far as I know both places are defunct.

    The brother of the rock around the clock guy opened a shop in a strip center close to Perrin Beital and Wurzbach parkway. The prices are high but so is quality and they can pretty much answer any question I have.

  2. The only independent record store I ever frequented with any regularity was Sundance Records in San Marcos. Even though Hastings is a chain store, the guy who was manager at the Seguin store back in the 80s was a pretty good guy, and he took the initiative to track down a couple of obscure records I had asked him about, so I gave him a lot of business.

  3. I think there's only one record store where I live, and they also sell... um, well, drug paraphernalia, bongs and such. There used to be another store, but it was run by an old couple, and the husband died and then the widow got sick, then while it was closed Hurricane Rita hit; I'm just waiting for the city to knock it down one of these days, taking another part of Beaumont's history with it.