Saturday marks the 10th year of Record Store Day, the annual nationwide promotional event that started as a way to help record store sales during the digital transformation and grew into a wildly popular occasion for specialty releases.
Hundreds of special items, largely tailored toward vinyl, will be available at many participating record stores across Austin. Check out a map on the Record Store Day official website. Meanwhile, our man-about-culture Joe Gross rounded up his picks of this years litter:
CHECK IT OUT: 16 essential Record Store Day releases
In Austin, the center of the action is Waterloo Records, which will open at 8 a.m. and feature free samples of local beer and vodka in the afternoon. There’s also a related event on Sunday: In conjunction with the RSD version of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble’s “Live at Carnegie Hall,” the Double Trouble rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon will sign copies at the store at 5 p.m.
Waterloo’s far from the only RSD game in town, though. Other hot spots include End of an Ear in South Austin, Encore Records in East Austin, Antone’s Record Shop in the UT campus area, Breakaway Records in North Austin, and Groover’s Paradise out west at the Oasis.
In all, 11 stores are participating in the Austin Record Store Day Crawl, with discounts at other Crawl stores when you show you’ve already shopped at one of them. That collaborative program is unique to Austin, Waterloo’s John Kunz says.