As a self-proclaimed music snob, music is my life. I’d go so far as to call it an obsession, and when I meet people who don’t share that intense passion that I have for music I get really confused. “What do you mean you’re fine just listening to whatever is on the radio? I don’t understand. Could you explain it to me like I’m a five-year-old?”

Five years ago Record Store Day was conceived by a fella named Chris Brown who happened to be an employee at one of my favorite record stores, Bull Moose in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Obviously, it would take a New Englander to come up with such a brilliant idea! Back in the day Bull Moose worked fairly closely with UNH’s radio station, WUNH, where I was a DJ. Some of the greatest moments of my life were when they actually posted one of my playlists of the wall above the CD stacks, because yeah, I was that fucking cool — back then, you know, like a 100 years ago.

Since that initial Record Store Day, things have grown and have even reached international status. The specific day has not only helped indie record stores to stay afloat in a culture that is embracing the mp3 revolution more and more, but has also helped in bringing vinyl back into the mainstream. Why it ever went out of the mainstream is perplexing, because anyone who has done a back-to-back listening of any album on mp3 then on vinyl will confirm that the latter is far superior.

So instead of sitting home and thinking about buying some new music tomorrow, take advantage of the day; go out and support local business and all those bands you love oh-so much. You never know who you might see.