From the paper: record shop ins and outs
Ahead of the annual Record Store Day, what’s the current state of play in the record store world?
Here’s a piece I wrote for today’s paper ahead of next weekend’s Record Store Day looking at the current lie of the land when it comes to record stores.
While Record Store Day is the hook for the piece – and like a lot of record shop fans, I have a lot of reservations when it comes to how this initiative has developed, especially seeing as how it’s now become a bit of a bandwagon – it’s a piece which also looks at changes in the overall record shop infrastructure.
Some of you will already know about Elastic Witch in Dublin’s plans to close next weekend (best of luck for the future to Gib and co), but it was also interesting to talk to Kenny Murdock from new Belfast store Sick Records about why he’s opening now for business. For someone with fond memories of Belfast’s many indie stores in the past, it’s great to hear someone carrying the flag for Heroes & Villains, Caroline and Dr Robert’s.