Today is the fourth annual Record Store Day, with great gigs and crate-digging galore on offer all around Australia.
Started by a bunch of friends in the US in 2007 to celebrate the humble independent record store, the event has now gone global and shit-tons of bands have gotten on board to save the only places left in the world where you can get music via actual recommendation rather than Itunes telling you what to do. Instead, you can have people like Ozzy Osbourne giving you well-seasoned advice.
Across the world there’s a whole bunch of cool shit going on, like Wilco curating a mini-festival, Beastie Boys dropping a new Passion Pit remix, Regina Spektor releasing limited edition blue vinyls of her last album and more locally, The Jezabels performing and Red Eye Records offering huge discounts in Sydney and Oscar + Martin and Eat Skull doing in-stores in Melbourne.
Check out all the participating outlets over at Australia’s Record Store Day page.