Need a little help from your friends?

We’re here to get your head around Record Store Day.

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ rising-from-the-ashes, comeback story? We know we do, and that’s why seeing vinyl sales continue to increase over recent years has warmed our little hearts.

Earlier this year, it was widely reported that vinyl sales had reached a 25-year high and outsold digital downloads for the first time ever. It was also reported that this signified a shift towards the music industry turning a profit once again, which is definitely a good thing.

So what can we do to see all these positive trends continue? Well, lots of things. But supporting Record Store Day this Saturday, 22 April is one of them. Record Store Day, now in it’s tenth year, is all about supporting your local, independent, bricks-and-mortar vinyl shop. It’s cemented it’s place as one of the biggest days for music sales all year, with special vinyl releases created specifically for the day itself.

The end result is a long list of exclusive releases, and a whole lot of excited music lovers.

To help prepare for this ‘kid in a candy store’ like day, we’ve put together a Record Store Day Survival Kit. Each (figurative) kit comes equipped with:

  • 1 x map of all the vinyl stores on our tram line (shout out to the good people of the #86)
  • 1 x list of the Bolster fam’s pick of the best RSD releases
  • 1 x Spotify playlist, comprised of easy listening tracks you’ll find on the shelves this Saturday

Happy hunting, friends.

Our Top Picks


Dennis Wilson — Bambu (The Caribou Sessions)

Dirty Three — UFKUKO


The Black Angels — Death Song

Follakzoid ft. J Spaceman — London Sessions LP

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band — Hammersmith 1975


Blackstreet – No Diggity

Why? Because he’s got class and style, street knowledge by the pound. Obviously.


Methyl Ethel – Architecture Lecture/Lagotto Romagnolo


Nico — Live In Tokyo

Townes Van Zandt — Live At Austin City Limits


T Rex — Electric Warrior

Your guide to record store on the #86 tramline
Your guide to record store on the #86 tramline

BLSTR Group.