Sunday, April 17, 2011
A Few Quick Thoughts On Record Store Day
I wasn't able to make it to my favorite record stores, since both of them are in New Orleans. But a friend hit a few in NYC, and he took along both of our want lists. Here's his report:
Went to J&R. I thought they might carry some of the releases we'd be interested in. I got there around noonish. They had a bunch of records on display...is Record Store Day all about Ozzy vinyl reissues?... and a wire rack with shit just thrown in. People were all over it like one of those bridal gown sales.
Record browsing etiquette was out the window. I'm looking through a row of 45s and someone starts flicking through the same row about 10 records ahead of me. That's a no-no. I was about the ask the guy if he thought this was a buddy booth or something. But everyone was grabbing, cutting across arms. Personal space was invaded like only a record geek can.
What a mess.
There was no rhyme or reason to anything. I saw a box of the new Paul Simon on vinyl halfway open and halfway crushed. The albums are warped for sure.
I managed to find TR's Johnson. But it was only on CD, not vinyl. I got one for you and one for me.
I attempted to ask a worker a question about what they received. He dismissed me, and ran away while pointing at the mess, "Whatever's there."
I went back to brooklyn. I went to a store called Sound Fix ( or something like that).
They were boasting about being the only store with the exclusive Damon and Naomi Record Store Day 45. No one seemed to give a shit. I think they were going to perform in the shop as well. I didn't see much there. I did spot a Fleetwood Mac's Rumours LP. Is that part of this celebration?
Nothing to find there.
I passed through Greenpoint and stopped at Permanent Records. It was packed. I looked through their pile and found two 45s I already bought at J & R, the New Pornographers and Blitzen Trapper. I overheard some Jon Lovitz type griping about not finding the Big Star Third on vinyl. He was losing it, he couldn't accept that it wasn't there. He was demanding they call their distributor to find out who got it.
MY TWO CENTS:
The one item at the top of my list was the Foo Fighters LP of covers, which is now being sold by a ton of distributors on eBay for an average of $50, while the Big Star is going for close to $200! Ya think maybe the record store owners didn't bother putting these items out for display, knowing full well they could hoard them, and prey upon the desperate fanatics who wouldn't think twice about paying through the nose?
I wish I could say, "Good for you, Record Stores! Make your money!" I mean, it seems they've been getting the shit end of the industry stick for a while. But I can't help but see how once again, the real fans got shut out. Ticket scalping or record scalping--doesn't matter. They both suck.