Record Store Day is a “Hallmark Holiday” of sorts. Similar to other commercial celebrations ending with “day,” Record Store Day was conceived to sell you stuff you probably don’t need.
Yet, I’d like to think a thick slab of 180 gram vinyl is infinitely cooler and less expensive than that tie you bought your Dad last Father’s Day. And let’s be honest, I’m pretty sure he’d agree too. So on April 21st, show your favorite record store you still care by shelling out a fistful of cash for a limited edition 7” or a hand numbered CD. Not tied down to a single establishment? Willing to play the field a bit and venture outside your comfort zone? Allow me to play match-maker and find you a date.
Everyone has had that incredibly hot crush. You know, the one you’re too afraid to talk to, but think about every night before you go to sleep. Nestled among the vintage shops of Little Five Points sits an audiophile’s hot crush: the ever-bewitching Criminal Records, replete with the best selection of new LP’s that Atlanta has to offer. Boasting a wall of handpicked releases, Criminal is for geeks and obsessive compulsives. Many of the records are sorted by label, making shopping difficult for the typical consumer. And if you just want to pick up the newest Jason Mraz album, stay far, far away. With good looks comes a nasty temper, and the cashier will judge you on your taste. Nevertheless, if you decide to brave the ostentation, Patterson Hood of Athen’s alternative country band Drive-By Truckers is playing a set at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Wax n’ Facts
Wax ‘n Facts is more of the diamond in the rough type – the one who would be so beautiful with a touch of makeup or a set of dumbbells, but instead insists on not wearing shoes. Just down the street from Criminal, this hole in the wall has both a good selection of new releases and used gems, but be prepared to get your hands dirty. The store’s crates have an unhealthy ratio of albums to dust, but what can you expect from an establishment over 30 years old? Wax ‘n Facts is an Atlanta institution, the home away from home for many a local band. Back in 2010 while promoting Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest, Atlanta scene leader and lead singer Bradford Cox frequently discussed his love for this crusty store’s rows of crates, and on Record Store Day, Cox will show his love with a solo performance at 4 p.m.
Decatur CD is, quite literally, the girl or boy next door: moderately attractive, unassuming, and most importantly, approachable. It may not have to hippest releases or the deepest used section, but for the unassuming customer, it’s just right. If you lack a turntable, Decatur CD carries the largest CD section of any store on this list and has concert tickets to nearly every venue in Atlanta to boot. Those averse to grime will be happy to find well kept, freshly constructed display racks and a congenial atmosphere.
Sadly, Decatur CD does not have any in-store performances for Record Store Day, but instead, will be giving out free beer to of-age customers.
This is the place most Emory students should go on Record Store Day, so head on down, grab a beer and get to know a friendly, independent music store.
The term “cougar” is overplayed these days, but Wuxtry’s used collection is ready to educate young, impressionable minds. More a corridor than a full-fledged store, Wuxtry sits unassuming at the intersection of North Decatur and Clairmont. Yes, you’ve probably passed by countless times without noticing, but don’t expect a dreadful grudge.
Wuxtry’s employees are some of the most down to earth on this list and won’t pass judgment on even the most questionable purchases. While our Wuxtry is overshadowed by its Athen’s older brother, there are plenty of soot-covered gems to be uncovered.
However, you probably won’t find much released from this decade at Wuxtry, so don’t come with a purchase in mind, and instead see what you find.
— Contact Jordan Francis.