TOLEDO (WTOL) - It’s back. Saturday is the 12th annual Record Store Day across the country.
The holiday is a way to support independent stores like Culture Clash in west Toledo.
Culture Clash is a survivor, one of the few places in town where you can buy records. Most big box stores have scaled back on music sales if not eliminating them all together. Downloading is becoming archaic. But streaming services actually compliment the vinyl albums you find at indie stores which for Culture Clash accounts for 90% of sales.
“You can be in your car and stream on Spotify on the release day and find out, ‘Boy this album sounds good. I want to go to the record store, pick it up, bring it home and have an experience with it,’” said Tim Friedman of Culture Clash.
There are other reasons shoppers like Ryan Morelli prefer indie record stores. He appreciates the knowledgeable store staff and more.
“It feels more personal than buying stuff online. I like when I can hold it in my hands and see all the cool things that come with the record," Morelli said.
Culture Clash will have copies of over 200 unique albums, EPs and singles being released exclusively on Record Store Day ranging from Weezer to Fleetwood Mac to a funk compilation called “Soul Slab.”
It’s also launch day for “Live at Culture Clash,” two albums by four artists recorded at the store during last year’s vinyl celebration.
“I want to meet new people, show them what we do here and make sure they know they’re going to a record store and to come back in the future” Friedman said.
Culture Clash is open Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.