Brad Tilbe, manager and curator of Light in the Attic Record Shop, describes Record Store Day as a celebration of analog music and the local brick-and-mortar businesses that still sell it in an increasingly digitized world. It’s about inviting people to “get out of their houses” and experience the thrills and disappointments of crate rifling IRL, rather than zeroing in on exactly what they want and summoning it to their home with the flourish of a cursor.
Needless to say, Record Store Day has been a more subdued affair these past two years. But now that getting out of the house is actually a thing again, Light in the Attic is going all out to celebrate. Other spots, like Georgetown Records, decided not to plan a big party with so much uncertainty still afoot, electing to simply offer some of the 2022 special releases. Here’s a full list of participating shops, with some choice details below on where to head depending on the crate-digging experience you’re seeking.
If you feel like hitting up somewhere a little more relaxed, sans the long lines, this shop in Fremont fits the bill. They'll offer two or three tightly curated boxes of staff picks, only “what we perceive as kind of the coolest ones” of the long list of special releases.
This stellar shop on Ballard’s main drag is too busy on any given weekend to make a particular to-do about Record Store Day; every year, a line snakes out the door as people wait to snag a special release or the accompanying “good used stuff” Sonic Boom puts on display. So get there early.
The city’s definitive record shop will doubtless draw eager crowds this weekend. Luckily, the adjoined cafe provides a spot to take a break from the hunt with a fortifying breakfast burrito.
Lower Queen Anne
Soul-infused indie rock outfit Chris King and the Gutterballs, along with hip-hop act Wizdumb and other local artists, will perform live starting at 11am. Royal Records set up shop on a Queen Anne corner back in October 2021, so this will be its inaugural Record Store Day celebration.
The record store tucked away in the KEXP gathering space will be rolling out some “high-end 45s” and rare titles they’ve been saving up the past few months (or in some cases, years) along with a live, in-store performance by local artist Tylo, who plays self-described “folk doom music.”