Record Store Day: Let It Be Records
Photo courtesy of Jason Stebner
Even though nearly all of the records and CD’s I get now are promos from record labels, I still make time to peruse our local records stores. There is something about walking into a store and hearing Guided By Voices (or anything other the muzak) ringing from the speakers. My favorite memory from a record store is probably my first, and it brings me way back. It was in my pre-driving days and my Dad was nice enough to bring me to see Pete Yorn at the old Let it Be record store that unfortunately no longer exists in downtown Minneapolis. I remember being intoxicated by the old records, the countless CD’s (most of which I had never heard of), and the insurmountably cool people working behind the counter. I regret that when I have kids, there probably will be few, if any, record stores that I will be able to bring them to to experience live music and to touch, feel and smell real albums. While I am not a Pete Yorn fan anymore, I vividly remember the day and hope that events like Record Store Day help to keep alive the strongholds that we have to continue promoting such a cool and supportive environment for musicians and music fans alike.
— Josh Keller