Newbie and veteran audiophiles unite — here’s the scoop on all things Record Store Day this Saturday, April 22.
Whether you’re a Swiftie eyeing the new ‘folklore: the long pond studio sessions,’ or a Pop Rock enthusiast eager to listen to the sweet bliss of the The 1975 Live with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, we’ve got something for everyone.
What is Record Store Day?
Record Store Day occurs twice a year: once in the spring and again on Black Friday. On these days, musicians release limited copies of specific albums on vinyl. While some prints may get re-released in the future, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
San Antonio has five locations that participate in Record Store Day:
- CD Sam, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
- Batcave Vinyl, 555 W. Bitters Rd.
- Hogwild Records, 1824 N. Main
- Del Bravo Record Shop, 554 Enrique Barrera Pkwy
- Southtown Vinyl, 1112 S. St Mary’s St.
Do your homework
Vinyl collectors are among the most dedicated. Here are three tips to survive Record Store Day:
- Have an idea of what you want before entering the record store. A special releases list is out for you to view beforehand.
- Long lines are inevitable (we’ve seen people start lining up in the wee hours of the morning), so we also recommend grabbing your favorite breakfast + coffee and dressing appropriately for the weather.
- Remember that just because it’s on the Record Store Day list, does not guarantee a store will have received it. Call ahead and your friendly clerk can give you an idea of what record will be available.