Saturday, April 21 marks a new Record Store Day, an annual celebration of the independently owned music store. One of New York City's best shops is Breakdown Records, located in Bayside, Queens. Over the years, Breakdown has established itself as one of the most popular small record stores in the outer-boroughs and has maintained a relevant online presence via e-Bay.
Featuring a staggeringly large vinyl collection, along with unique memorbilia, the store allows patrons to flip through stacks of albums and CD cases, chat with fellow enthusiasts, and discover rare tracks by seldomly featured bands. Breakdown, quite simply, is one of the rare shops that has ensured, in its own microcosmic way, that music buying remains a social experience rather than a solitary one.
A 20 minute train ride from Penn Station, or a quick drive from anywhere in Queens, Breakdown is definitely worh a visit. Stop by, pick up some classic vinyl, and remember why you fell in love with music in the first place. To learn more about the shop, visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
Originally conceived by Chris Brown in 2007, and kicked off by Metallica on April 19, 2008 at Rasputin Music in San Francisco, Record Store Day celebrates the "stand alone brick and mortar. . .indie record store." A dying concept and practice ever since the file sharing revolution at the turn of century, music stores throughout the country have been able to survive by offering non-digital formats (paritcularly vinyl) in a unique and welcoming environment. According to RecordStoreDay.com, the annual celebration has grown to over 700 music stores nationwide.