National Record Store Day

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honestly don't give a shit about reissues unless all other pressings are criminally scarce/expensive

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Just home after the first of what will probably be three 12 hour days culminating in Record Store Day itself on Saturday. A vague semblance of order has been imposed on the hundreds upon hundreds of records...

Exhausted, but having fun! I love coloured vinyl!

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Drag City just said there will be Bonnie "Prince" Billy condoms available at some shops. I'm in.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

so to speak

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

"I feel a darkness"

Mark G, Friday, 20 April 2012 08:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I worry that the focus on special limited edition vinyls excludes most people who buy music. Wouldn't it be better if Record Store Day was just promoted as a day to buy music? Not everyone lives near a good brick & mortar store, and not every store has what people want. I discussed it here -

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Do some people still have money?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 20 April 2012 17:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Little bit! And not all of this stuff--wouldn't mind hearing that prev unreleased Sundazed Gene Clark, for inst.

dow, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:24 (five years ago) Permalink

So what's RSD like in London for someone who's not really interested in RSD exclusives? i.e. Sales?

EDB, Friday, 20 April 2012 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

It would be a really, really odd day to go general record shopping tbh.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

My experience in Toronto has been that record stores have sales, which makes it really, really not odd to go general record shopping

EDB, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink

man just checked out the list on the official site. pretty lame this year. gimmick 7 inches a-go-go. :(

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I am basically a broken man right now... the last 72 hours have been quite something.

I plan on having a great time tomorrow though.

Music matters.

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Friday, 20 April 2012 21:36 (five years ago) Permalink


jed_, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

queue of around 30 people at about half past midnight at Picadilly Records, Manchester. impressive.

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:06 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck a record store day. hope it brings some cash in for the stories but no thanks.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

If anybody is feeling generous, i'd love a copy of the Keith Hudson and Lee Perry releases. None of my local shops will be carrying those titles. I'll pay cost + shipping +10 for your efforts.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Just about to head into the shop for 8am.

I fully understand a lot of the issues people have with aspects of Record Store Day, but I'm personally excited and have put in vast efforts to try and make today work out for us.

I hope that everyone who wishes to take part has fun doing so and enjoys their records and music.

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:40 (five years ago) Permalink

as someone who spends a shitload of time in record shops.. i'm not excited by the prospect of (mostly) overpriced major-label rehashes of old material which comprises the bulk of the RSD list...

....but as a mechanism of getting those who don't go to indie record shops to get their music fix to change their behaviour by offering limited edition goodies, and to help those shops make a bit more money to keep them going - i'm all for it...

If RSD enables shops to make a bit more profit to enable them to stay open in difficult times, then it's served its purpose as far as i'm concerned..

So have a great Record Store Day everyone, but especially if you work in a store!

Talcum Mucker, Saturday, 21 April 2012 09:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't go to the first 2 Record Store Days because I didn't live near a record store. Now I live near one but I probably won't bother going because:

1. queuing for a tiny chance at an expensive limited edition record, which I just tick off a list instead of looking at before I buy, and no chance to browse the rest of the stock = zzz. I like record shopping mainly for seeing what's in the used racks and bargain bins, not for paying £30 for a 200gsm limited edition of my, like, 15th choice picked off a list.

2. I find it highly unlikely that my local shop has signed up for the exclusives I'm most interested in. I'm fairly sure the Circle or Bitchin Bajas LPs are not coming to my town this year, just like the Purling Hiss / Puffy Aerolas split didn't come to my town last year, because where I live those bands would be kind of niche and the record shop would surely rather stock Arcade Monkey Bowie Dylan reissue shovelware which will definitely sell (and be on eBay the next day)

I might head down for the instore later on, but it will be basically impossible to buy anything once there are bands and amps and 20-30 spectators crammed into a shop barely bigger than my bedroom, so that's not a great win for the shop either.

(PS still hope everyone who works in a store has a good day and makes $$$, everyone who goes to one gets something they want and will actually listen to instead of selling unheard, etc)

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Waited in line outside Phonica in London for a good two hours this morning, mainly in the hope of getting that Tindersticks 10" (I didn't). Some of the people at the front of the line were coming out with stacks of vinyl - call me a cynic, but I can't imagine they were planning on listening to those records...

Anyway, I bought a few overpriced singles, and that John Cale ep, but I do feel like a bit of a tit for getting suckered in by the whole thing.

Shadrach, Saturday, 21 April 2012 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Too busy today to make a visit to a shop for RSD. So I went yesterday evening to Rough Trade East to make a few purchases.. but they were shut...

mmmm, Saturday, 21 April 2012 12:46 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah very good point about not even SEEING the damn things you're buying before you get them. has to be said the cover for the ABBA 12" looks really crap.
i didn't GET one of course, it sold out 30 minutes after our local shop opened, but luckily i've seen a copy on EBAY. handy!

piscesx, Saturday, 21 April 2012 13:00 (five years ago) Permalink

phish boxes already selling for 100+ on ebay.

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 13:20 (five years ago) Permalink

good reference guide if you haven't gotten to a store yet. pick up that sigur ros thing if you see it.

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 13:21 (five years ago) Permalink

stuff for sale right now if you are homebound:

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

People who are against RSD seem to think it is all about the limited releases. That was just supposed to be part of the incentive, and contribution to the festivities by the labels. The stores who get it are the ones that do DJ sets all day, in-store performances, BBQs, sales on general stock, etc. This is a day to strengthen the idea of a community to support record stores. It's not Record Label Day so stop treating it that way. Few places require you to stand in line after the doors open anyway.

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 13:45 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah things have a way of turning into something else. i don't recall anyone on here talking about the great live music bbq that they can't wait to go to at their local record store. nijoli seemed like the only one looking forward to bbq. which is cool. i hope she has a great day.

meanwhile, you see that phish box or that jack white liquid-filled 12 inch, make sure to snap them up!

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Got the Circle, Mika Väiniö, and Springsteen. No sign of the Beefheart. Damn

Lil' Kim Philby (Call the Cops), Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

actually the place by my house does have a general sale on, unfortunately everything i'd want in there i've probably bought already.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Waiting in line at my local place now, which opens at noon ET. It was 82 in Cleveland yesterday, it's 43 today. FML.

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

It's a good excuse to dedicate the day to browsing every store in NYC that I can. I like seeing happy store owners. I figure there's a chance that places put some effort into throwing some fresh used stuff on the shelves today, too.

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

im gonna celebrate by hunting for "Hard to categorize rock/jazz/'experimental' but not really fusion crossover records by jazz dudes"

llurk, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Worth noting, for Londoners, that Sounds of the Universe are doing 25% off all their second hand vinyl today and 20% off all vinyl on Soul Jazz. The Studio One comps they do are fantastic.

Shadrach, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:21 (five years ago) Permalink

someone came in my store and said that at the turn it up in northampton they had 4 copies of the phish box and when those were gone the crowd dwindled considerably. and everyone who comes in basically asks for the phish thing. and across the street at newbury it was mobbed with lines apparently for the phish box. so, if you are in noho go to turn it up cuz everyone's at newbury.

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

not that anyone here will be in noho...

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

but anyway phish phrenzy in 2012.

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

phish pheeding phrenzy

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

phish suck btw

scott seward, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

had a nice day visiting intoxica, honest jons, bm, phonica, sounds of the universe. biggest queues i saw were at sister ray (round the block) and rough trade west (the same) so I avoided those. scored the Numero comp, some old jimmy webb, barry white and glen campbell vinyl. good work record stores.

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this real? Jack White's Sixteen Saltines liquid filled or something 12" sold on eBay for $3,500.00

LaMonte, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I just spent way the hell too much at AKA in Philadelphia- got the MC5/Afrika Bambaataa 7", School of Seven Bells Siouxsie cover 7", the Domino Smugglers Way thing, the Animal Collective and Sacred Bones LPs, a Lee Hazlewood best-of 2xLP on Light in the Attic, and the Cleaners from Venus CD box set. Apparently they never got the Flaming Lips album, which sucks, but if any of these are going to be easy to find later it'll be that one.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

There is a Jack White test pressing being raffled off at Tunes in Hoboken today.

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know the Cleaners From Venus box came in CD version, too.
Flaming Lips was the other big seller I think, besides Phish.

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Atlas Sound is playing Criminal Records at 4 then Bradford's DJing for a while.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know the Cleaners From Venus box came in CD version, too.

Yeah, they had a stack of them up by the counter. I only knew about the vinyl so I bought it on the off chance that it was a RSD exclusive. It's not, though (they just put out all the Cleaners stuff to coincide with RSD), so you're not missing out if you didn't get it.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Phish sucks but Junta is a good record

poxen, Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Well the vinyl box was available online for awhile to preorder. Now it says "unavailable," which is vague because that's also how they label not yet released items, maybe just temporary items as well. So I don't know if it is only available at stores that happened to order it. What is officially RSD exclusive though is getting the albums from the box individually.

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:19 (five years ago) Permalink

^About Cleaners From Venus

Evan, Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

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