Pittsburgh independent stores celebrate Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day. The annual event is celebrated at independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores around the world, like The Government Center in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood.”Record Store Day is important to the physical media industry, particularly independent stores, because it’s a day when limited releases come out that can only be purchased in stores,” said Josh Cozby, owner of The Government Center. “The purpose of it is to get people off the internet and out to local independent stores to buy things that they can’t buy anywhere else, and also just to remind everybody of the existence of record stores and hopefully get those people coming out more than once a year.”A long line stretched around Attic Records in Millvale Saturday, with plenty of vinyl enthusiasts just waiting to get in the door. “The sound of vinyl is so amazing,” said Mary Ann Culleiton, of Scott Township. “Even the record skips and scratches is pretty cool.”Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 also stopped by Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which was packed with music fans.Last year on Record Store Day, more than 1.4 million records were sold. Several cities, like New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, have declared it an official holiday. Some of the highly anticipated releases this year include the Ramones’ 1975 demos and an album from Paramore, who are the ambassadors for Record Store Day 2024.

Saturday is Record Store Day. The annual event is celebrated at independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores around the world, like The Government Center in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood.

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“Record Store Day is important to the physical media industry, particularly independent stores, because it’s a day when limited releases come out that can only be purchased in stores,” said Josh Cozby, owner of The Government Center. “The purpose of it is to get people off the internet and out to local independent stores to buy things that they can’t buy anywhere else, and also just to remind everybody of the existence of record stores and hopefully get those people coming out more than once a year.”

A long line stretched around Attic Records in Millvale Saturday, with plenty of vinyl enthusiasts just waiting to get in the door.

“The sound of vinyl is so amazing,” said Mary Ann Culleiton, of Scott Township. “Even the record skips and scratches is pretty cool.”

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 also stopped by Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which was packed with music fans.

Last year on Record Store Day, more than 1.4 million records were sold. Several cities, like New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, have declared it an official holiday.

Some of the highly anticipated releases this year include the Ramones’ 1975 demos and an album from Paramore, who are the ambassadors for Record Store Day 2024.

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