Find the bands bandcamp - A lot of bands have their album for download there, some for free and some on a ‘name your price’ basis.
Find the bands record label, and buy a direct download - These are often times cheaper than buying a hard copy
Buy the CD - CD sales are down like 50+% from what…
This is great!! As much as it’s annoying that some stuff is currently a little hard to download, I really don’t mind. I’m not entitled to get this stuff for free, and neither are you. When I first started listening to punk, it was before music could be downloaded (or at the very least, before I knew how to do it it was 1997 if anyone is curious). I know that this is a foreign concept to a lot of people, but downloading music is a LUXURY and you can live without it. I’m really sorry that you no longer have instant gratification, or that you actually have to shell out 8 bucks to support hardcore. I get that it’s hard to put your money where your mouth is and pay that cash instead of just typing “Support Hardcore”. Also, I understand that it is a privilege to be able to buy music, so don’t bring up that tired old debate.
Secondary statement: Acquiring hard copies of records will expand your knowledge of Hardcore exponentially. The sheer volume of information available is stunning. Don’t believe me? Then you probably don’t know shit. The time invested in flipping through bins and looking at liner notes and just talking about music with friends while you dig through a dollar bin all grow your knowledge and love for music. That’s right, some people communicate their love of music in ways other than generic statements of value made via the internet.
If you love Hardcore, then start by loving Hardcore.