Best Of 2021

Best Swift Gift: Taylor Swift sent off signed CDs to independent record stores across the country

In support of her surprise album folklore, Taylor Swift sent off signed CDs to independent record stores across the country. News began spreading on social media that various stores, including Shake It Records in Northside, had gotten their hands on this precious Taylor treasure. The folks at Shake It shared a photo of signed copies of her record-breaking eighth studio record — her first Indie Rock-sounding entry, co-produced by frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff and The National’s (and hometown hero) Aaron Dessner. As per Shake It’s tweet, “No holds, locals-only and just one per customer. Thanks, Taylor for your love of indie shops!” The records obviously sold out the same day. (But she sent more right before the holidays.) The super sweet gesture is par for the course for the ever-generous Swift, who, in April, made an undisclosed donation to support every full-time staffer at Nashville’s premier independent record store, Grimey’s, which was forced to close during the pandemic. shakeitrecords.com.