Friday, April 15, 2011

Some RECORD STORE DAY NOTES



I can't believe it's been a month since I posted anything here. Busy, busy, busy! And still coughing from my trip to Florida.

In any case I've been inundated with calls/questions/etc. about Record Store Day tomorrow (Saturday, April 16).

First off, despite getting tons of merch in, the labels once again did an awesome job of getting people fired up about things that only marginally exist.

Most notable among these releases is the one I got the most calls/message on...Phish. We ordered 25 copies of TWO SOUNDCHECKS and received zero. Zip. Zilch. Or as they say on Top Gear, zed. So if you are planning on making the trip solely for that release, sorry, but would rather tell you now. Same goes for The Deftones. And I passed on Jimmy Eat World because it's total rip-off at $45.98.

The Third Man Records releases were problematic: announced at the last minute, we WERE supposed to be getting three copies of each, which turned into NOT getting ANY of them. BUT White Stripes fans please note that the 7 inchers for RSD will be released as conventional black vinyl releases in a few weeks, as well as the Rome single which will be available. The Karen Elson single was, however, one time only. And luckily as a result of this, we've solidified a relationship with 3MR's distributor, which should make it much easier to get stuff from them in the future.

As for the rest of the stuff - yes, a lot of notable exclusions on the arrivals. But tons of stuff came in, including Bruce Springsteen, Flaming Lips, The Cars, OFF!, Bob Dylan, Mastodon, etc, etc.

And to make it fair for everyone, I've done the following:

* The early bird does not always get the worm. I worked second shift at the newspaper for several years, so I take a dim view of early birding. So I've divided the RSD releases up into three batches and will put them out at 10:00 AM, Noon, and 2:00 PM so that people arriving throughout the day can find cool stuff.

Also, in light of a few conversations last year, it's still ONE of any item per person. I don't care if your mother's brother's sixteenth cousin wants an extra copy. Then they should come and buy it themselves. Please don't put me an awkward position of lecturing about this. Buy what you want, for yourself, and be happy. THAT is what it's all about. Not speculation. Give others a chance to get something they might want.

In keeping with the RSD tradition, we're also going to have 10% off all non-RSD stock. Including Rega turntables!!! So if you have been putting off a gear purchase it will be your lucky day. Have several RP1s in stock (Cool Grey, Titanium and White) so you can save $45 by buying one tomorrow.

Our store hours will be 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Have a rocking Record Store Day! See you tomorrow!