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In Honour Of Record Store Day, 5 Of The Best Record Store Moments In Movies
April 18, 2014
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Tomrrow is Record Store Day, one of the biggest days of the year for music nerds (er, "enthusiasts") around the world. It's been happening since 2008. At that first Record Store Day, Metallica played a special concert at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. Now, it's a global day of album releases (you can find a full list of what's coming out here) and general celebration of records, music and the people who love them both — at a time when physical stores are under pressure from online sales, piracy and streaming.

This year, Chuck D is Record Store Day Ambassador. Here's an interview with the Public Enemy founder talking records:

And Blue Rodeo is the official Record Store Day Ambassador band for Canada. Here's a video of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, recent red chair guests, talking about why they love records:

Record stores exert an outsized influenced on the minds of most any music fan whose formative years predated the advent of the iPod — and as a result, they've long been mythologized on the big screen. In honour of Record Store Day, we thought we'd pay homage to five memorable record stores in movies.

First off, let's recognize the two obvious ones, from movies whose central plots revolve around the stores.

Empire Records

In this 1995 classic, employees of a mom-and-pop record shop try to stop the store from being taken over by a big chain.

High Fidelity

This movie, based on the book by Nick Hornby, centres on the owner of a record store (played by John Cusack, in one of his best roles) who recounts his top five breakups. 

And the not-so-obvious scenes you might have forgotten about:

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott and Knives Chau share several scenes at Toronto's iconic Sonic Boom. In this last one, Scott mumbles through a painfully awkward breakup with her.

Pretty in Pink

In this clip, Andie (played by recent red chair guest Molly Ringwald) tries her hand at flirting with her customer Blane — but gets interrupted by a fire alarm.

Before Sunrise

Remember that scene with the listening booth? Remember listening booths? Even if you don't, there's something undeniably nostalgic about the sight of a young Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke listening to "Come Here" by Kath Bloom.


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