Epitome of cool. Photograph by Jon Shard.
He might be young, but he really cares about his team.
This weekend, the whole world celebrated our local record store and supported local business and good music. But did we actually celebrate our local record store, or did we celebrate the exclusive releases?
My first RSD was 6 years ago and there were ten people there. This year there was a line out the door. Sadly, no one could get what they wanted, but the bigger issue is that the purpose of Record Store Day and getting people into mom and pop shops has been met. It looks as if the vinyl medium is outgrowing it’s own holiday. It’s not time to kill the celebration, but it’s time to change it up so that the day doesn’t become more insane, fans can grab the records they want, and pesky Ebayers can be caught off guard. Here’s my idea.
Stop releasing exclusives on Record Store Day. Space out the exclusives one a week or a few every month. This way fans will know when something is coming in and have an opportunity to grab it while possible beating out the Ebayer or at least getting them off guard. This does NOT mean eliminate the holiday. Taking exclusive records out of RSD turns the attention back on the stores themselves and not the releases. This will also eliminate the mad rush into the store while bins are five people deep. Record stores can still have bands and donuts and coffee, and each store can hoard choice and rare vinyl that they get in during the year and have their own exclusive releases on that day.
This also takes the pressure off the pressing factories, who have to turn away business because the holiday causes them to be overloaded, which in turn causes them to struggle financially even more than they already are, and decreases the quality of the pressing. I can tell you two of the releases I bought this year skip like crazy. This way they can keep their business consistent year round and not be overloaded every April and November, then have no business for the next three months after that.
Let’s take the pressure off the fan and the pressing factory put it back on the Ebayer while still helping out our local record stores and businesses. Let’s make it about the thrill of the dig again and not the rushing, pushing, shoving and selfishness it’s about to turn into.
#rsd14 was a huge success. Got everything I wanted and more:
Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight RARE OOP, Brian Jonestown Massacre/Magic Castles Split 12 grey translucent splatter, Jake Bugg Live at Silver Platters, Oasis Supersonic 12” reissue, Tame Impala Live Versions translucent green, The Zombies Odyssey and Oracle limited stereo mix, July translucent yellow/red splatter reissue, Velvet Underground Loaded Grey/black/pink splatter. Special thanks to @cultureshock_ and it’s customers for being friendly and helpful. It was great. #vinyl #rsd #oasis #bjm #jakebugg #tame impala
That’s the place where all the shittiness happens,” said the child’s father, Lee Tendering, adding that the Cubs have been fucking up at Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. “Your grandpa used to take me here to watch the Cubs suck when I was a boy, and hopefully someday you’ll bring your son here to watch the Cubs suck.
Wow theonion, wow.