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Record Store Day

Dylan Aguilar
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Dylan Aguilar places a record on his technics turntable.

Whether you’re a vinyl connoisseur with an expansive library of records or a music lover venturing into analog for the first time, Record Store Day, April 22, is a prime time to delve into bins of LPs, hunting for acoustic treasures.

I am a big proponent of things from the past: midcentury modern furniture, 35mm film cameras, old leather bound books, time-worn issues of Life Magazine and National Geographic. I have a sizable collection of vinyl records that matches my eclectic tastes.  

I’ve always had an interest in music made before my time, but the allure for vinyl took off when my relatives deemed their old audio systems outdated and oversized, taking up too much space. When they offered up their stereo equipment, I obliged.

I’m not alone. Millennials love throwbacks to the past.

Print magazines are making a strong comeback; Kodak is now beginning to bring back discontinued film and vinyl sales reaching a 25-year high. We are in the midst of an analog renaissance.

Here are a few places where you can satisfy the cravings for your vinyl habit.

Cactus Music (2110 Portsmouth St.) 

Cactus Music is Houston independent music store, having been around since 1975. Cactus combines live music with vinyl. Often programming live performances in the store. For Record Store Day they will be featuring in-store performances throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. with Charlie Harrison of Charlie & the Regrets. Bun B will also make an appearance from 1-2 p.m.        

Sound Exchange (1846 Richmond Ave.) 

Sound Exchange might not have the largest selection of records, but they definitely have one of the most curated. There, customers won’t have to waste time sifting through a bunch of lackluster LPs. Local DJs will be on site spinning records throughout Record Store Day.

Sig’s Lagoon (3622 Main St.) 

Sig’s is the best spot for serious collectors. They have a great deal of rare records. The store is also just a really cool place with memorabilia plastered all over the walls and loads of posters, and knick-knacks for sale.  Located by the Continental Club and the metro rail, this is the coolest record store hideaway.

Black Dog Records (4900 Bissonnet St.) 

Black Dog, which has recently moved upstairs from its former location, has a good classic rock selection and helpful customer service. 

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