You know that odd object laying in a pile of junk in your older brother's room that looks kind of like a space age waffle-iron? That's actually a Sony Discman, an "obsolete" device from the late 20th century that plays music pressed into little five-inch frisbees called compact discs, which sound a whole lot better than mp3s.
And what about that huge contraption out in the garage buried under cardboard boxes and covered in so much dust that there's no way to tell what the hell it is? That's a turntable, an even older machine that plays huge, archaic slabs of plastic called vinyl records. When they're in excellent shape, they sound even better than CDs.
So, throw out your iPod and dust off the CD player and turntable, because this coming Saturday, April 18, 2009 is Record Store Day! 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. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet-and-greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and much more.
Plus, you just can't get gorgeous, printed, large format artwork and liner notes with mp3s, so you're missing out on a big chunk of the experience! Find a participating store and discover the wonderful world of record collecting.