(photo by Katherine O’brien)
No one needs a national holiday to support our local record stores in Austin, because this is the Live Music Capital of the World, and frequenting record stores is just a natural part of the culture down here. But, things like Record Store Day and National Vinyl Record Day still provide a little added incentive to get out there and shop for some music.
National Vinyl Record Day is a new one we just discovered that is taking place on August 12th, to coincide with the date that Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in the year 1877. The founders of the organization are simply dedicated to the preservation of the cultural influence, recordings, and cover art of the vinyl record. We of course recommend celebrating this day by visiting one of the many record stores in Austin and purchasing some new or used vinyl.
Though a few Austin record stores have closed their doors over the past few years, there are still many different stores where you can scratch that musical itch. There’s Antone’s Record Shop, Backspin Records, Cheapo Discs, Encore Records, Trailer Space Records, End of an Ear, Waterloo Records, and a bunch more. You can always refer to our handy list of Record Stores in Austin to find what you’re looking for.
Do512 also keeps track of all the free in-store performances that happen at record stores around town, so you’ll never miss out on a free show. Just keep an eye on the individual venue pages to see those event listings, or simply click the ‘Follow’ button to make it easier. And if you know of a record store in Austin that we failed to add to our list, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post!