Saturday, April 17, 2010
Round and round and round we'll go
Hard to believe it's been a year since Zach and I drove up to Vinyl Fever in Tampa to celebrate the big day with an in-store set by New Roman Times. Now the lad is on a destroyer in Pearl Harbor and his old man is scurrying about in Milwaukee trying to relocate his senses.
Well, not so much scurrying. There is coffee to drink and a newspaper to read -- and we're delighted to report our Pulitzer Prize winning local paper has a Record Store Day story that lists SEVEN participating area shops in boldface type with addresses. We're set! One thing about record shops: They don't start their day any earlier than you. It's OK if it takes all day to get there.
With any move it takes time to become familiar with your new surroundings. But sooner or later you find the best route to work, the right barber who doesn't make your hair LOOK like a $12 cut and the tavern that offers a three-hour stimulus special. A cool record store might not be a priority when you're getting settled, but it ought to be. Today, finally, it becomes our mission.
We'll be cruising downtown to check out Flipville Records and The Exclusive Company, which are conveniently located within walking distance of each other. Then we'll be on to Musical Memories and Bullseye Records, saving Limewire Music for the trip back home.
To locate a store near you follow this link and click the Participating Stores button. If you don't buy something round today you're just plain square.