One of my favorite holidays of the year is Record Store Day, where music enthusiasts and vinyl junkies around the world can be found digging through crates for new special vinyl releases, reissued classics, exclusive 7″‘s, and novelty items such as David Bowie printed vinyl, 7″ records in the shape of various U.S. states, or 1995’s Clueless soundtrack on wax.
This year, by far, was the most exciting RSD for me. I visited 5 different record stores throughout Richmond, VA. The day began by waiting in line at 8 am in front of one of Richmond’s finest, Plan 9 Records. The conversations and excitement building up to the store’s opening at 10 am was half the fun, and when the owners gave us a store map and let us through the doors, it felt like a free-for-all. Through the madness (accompanied by DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” blasting through the stereo) I managed to snag Father John Misty’s heart-shaped 7″ on red vinyl, which was on my list!
There were some RSD exclusive releases that I really wanted, such as Brian Eno’s 1991 “My Squelchy Life”, Courtney Barnett’s new LP, Neko Case, and an amazing Thai Pop compilation from the 60s through 80s. Though, throughout the day, I felt less worried about cashing out for any elusive special edition RSD releases and remained simply in it for a good time. We managed to snag the White Stripes’ vinyl release of “Get Behind Me Satan”, which has a really cool holographic cover along with red and white vinyl. Some of the highlights of my RSD experience were: the DJ’s spinning records on the sidewalk of Deep Groove, talking with the owner of the shop in line about musicians he has met, seeing familiar faces at different locations, and the delicious burrito I had in between record store visits.
The coolest event this year was brought on by the hardcore/punk vinyl shop, Vinyl Conflict, who broke the system by celebrating Customer Appreciation Day, rather than the consumerist holiday that RSD can be seen as. Vinyl Conflict reopened their doors at 10pm the night before RSD, allowing a small amount of vinyl lovers in to peruse their collection. It was totally anti-holiday and anti-establishment for them to do, and totally awesome.
Some of our other Pulp babes celebrated RSD as well! One of our resident southwest Pulp babes, Negine Jasmine, treated herself to Perfect Pussy’s LP “Say Yes to Love” at Zia Records in Phoenix, Arizona.
Estelle Spirig live-reported her ridiculously cool Record Store Day experience in LA:
Record store day is the best.
One of the coolest record store in LA (my opinion) is in Highland park. “Permanent Records”
Fuzz is playing, tons of people on the street are listening, the door is open and we can see the band play through the windows. Awesome.
Someone from a car yelled “get a life” but I think we have one and it is pretty cool.
Tell us about any cool things you found, Pulp babes! Until next year, RSD.