Since it started in 2007, this event has caught on as a nationwide celebration of the little neighborhood shop and a reminder of how important it is to music. In this age of the digital download, it's easy to forget how awesome it is to wander through the aisles of a record store and discover a band you might not have found on an iTunes best-sellers list.
A bunch of artists have put together limited-edition Record Store Day releases available only at participating stores (I'm totally coveting the Andrew Bird/Loney Dear 7" and the previously unreleased Flight of the Conchords songs). In addition, cool events are taking place at stores around the country today — for example, the independent store in my neighborhood, Permanent Records, has Christian Hansen playing.
I dig the convenience of digital music, but I adore independent record stores for the character, the composition, and the human element that is so important to me. So take a stroll today and see what interesting events are happening where you are.
And if you are in Edmonton, later on swing by the Pile Up Art Show.