April 20: Record Store Day

April 20th is “Record Store Day”. The following blurb is taken directly from their website…

“Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.”

For more information or to find a participating record store, please visit: http://www.recordstoreday.com

I applaud the efforts of the organizers of Record Store Day. The value of looking through bins of records cannot be underestimated. I remember fondly walking up and down the aisles of Tower Records, looking through the bins and discovering albums that I didn’t know. The assistance of a well informed sales person made the experience all the better.

I remember my friend Hale Milgrim telling me about his start in the music business as a “lowly” sales associate at Tower Records in San Francisco. He loved music…learned about new music, bands and musical styles while stocking shelves and assisting eager young shoppers. These early experiences shaped his attitude, expanded his musical knowledge and helped power his rise through Capitol Records until he was running the place in the 1980s. Imagine…a music guy in charge of a major label.

So if there’s a real record store nearby with knowledgeable sales people, you owe it to yourself to take the time to visit their store. You won’t regret it.


Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called iTrax.com. A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

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