If you can't spend hours digging through dusty record store stacks, you can trust these services.
This Saturday brings us the second of this year’s three Covid-delayed Record Store Days. And truly, there is nothing better on a chilly autumn evening than the warm pop and crackle of an LP on a physical turntable. Whether you’re putting on an old favorite or taking a chance on something new, the feel and the ceremony around a real vinyl record just hits different. Unfortunately, the days of combing through the racks of a record store are on hold for the time being, and tracking down a good copy of a great disc on eBay just doesn’t satisfy in the same way.
But you’re in luck: A whole bunch of vinyl subscription services have sprung up online, giving members monthly shipments of fresh records tailored to their tastes. These services are to music what Blue Apron is to food, except you don’t have to do any work, and the product stays fresh forever.
You can’t go to the record store, not even on Record Store Day, so let the experts and/or algorithms get the records to you. Here are a few really interesting vinyl subscription services. None them offer you 12 albums for a penny, the way Columbia House used to, but there’s also no monthly dash to the mailbox to get the reply card out so you don’t get stuck with that Judds record.