It’s easy to take great music for granted in a city like Austin. During South by Southwest (SXSW), the whole city was a stage. I saw Spoon and NOFX for free. Caught a few minutes of Matt and Kim and finished the weekend with a local favorite, Firekills, at The Tiniest Bar in Texas.
While Austinites strut around like they own the market on live music, independent music, and supporting hard working artists, it’s hardly something confined to these coordinates. Today, our local independent music stories need your help. Celebrate Record Store Day!
Back to the theme of spoiled Austinites, I can tell you one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday afternoon is cruising the listening stations at Waterloo Records. My husband and I make our first stop at the new releases from local artists and then paw through the shelves looking for other interests on our radar screen. I am ready to throw a tantrum over Homespun after catching them on an Insomnia Radio podcast and have decided I want the original album from The Vue. That might be one of those things that’s more interesting to hunt for than it will be once it lands on the CD rack at home. For now, I’m enjoying the hunt.
It’s that hunt in and amongst well-loved used CDs, eclectic new and local music, and the opportunity to listen to stuff you would have never considered before that makes the local record store more of an excursion than a shopping trip.
Shopping is nearly suffocated in plastic. Exploring new music at the local music store is sure to bring you a brand new beat.
[Need an idea for new music? Follow the links and don’t forget this list from last week]