Carrie Brownstein Shows Love for Vinyl & Indie Record Stores

“Treasure chest” of records.

By Fred Mills

If you’re like most of us, this past Saturday you were either in line or crowding the bins at your favorite local independent record store—April 22 being Record Store Day, natch. So you might have missed the NPR segment that day featuring Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia and NPR itself (for awhile she was a music and pop culture commentator), in which she outlined her history with and enduring love for record stores.

Brownstein singled out Seattle’s old Rubato Records shop as being hugely influential to her evolution as a music lover and, eventually, player, noting, I”n the center of the store [were] two rows of vinyl, and that became this light in the middle of the room that I gravitated towards. I just remember that feeling when you first put your fingertips on the top of the vinyl.

“I just spent about two hours literally looking at every single record they had in that store. I felt like I had discovered a treasure chest, and I dove in.”

Treasure chest, indeed. Familiar feeling, that—being a record lover and collector cuts across gender, ethnicity, age, even religious affiliation. And Brownstein, of course, would go on to become one of the most respected musicians (not to mention comedic actress) in the U.S. Maybe those bins of records she discovered all those years ago were the springboard.

Listen to the entire interview segment at the NPR website. Below, appropriately enough, watch the all-time classic Sleater-Kinney video for 2006 track “Modern Girl.”

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