Today is Record Store Day: On Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, and vinyl discoveries

My recent chance discovery of a classic Patti Smith 45 at an indie record store in Silver Lake epitomized everything I love about vinyl records. Today is Record Store Day — time to make some great discoveries of your own. Read more [...]

In honor of Record Store Day: ‘I Need That Record!’, a documentary for and about vinyl lovers

A skeptic might watch the opening minutes of I Need That Record! and recoil at the parade of middle-aged cranks, grumbling about how things used to be so much better. But the interviewees in this documentary mostly prove eloquent and clear-eyed about why indie record stores became an endangered species — and just what the culture at large is at risk of losing if the indie stores disappear completely. Read more [...]