Friday, November 23, 2012
"Record Store/Scam Day" : THE WEEKEND MIX
It seems there are more Record Store Days than record stores."
I can't help but feel bitter towards Record Store Day. I watched my record store slowly fade into oblivion, serenaded by the relentless soundtrack of customers proclaiming "I stopped buying CDs. I threw away my vinyl. I don't listen as much anymore." Record Store Day came too late for me. Or maybe I just didn't have the foresight to prepare for the resurgence of the LP. Either way, I wish I was behind a counter and not in front of one.
The one thing that has never faded away is my hunger and desire for more music. And I don't just mean compressed files loaded into an expensive pocket toy. I still want to hold it and touch it and feel it and swoon as I remove that beguiling 12" piece of plastic from its sleeve, drop the needle and hear the first note of kick drum or power chord. Covers, gatefold and laminated. Vinyl, 7" or deep groove. Stereo or...sigh...mono. It has never gotten old for me.
Today, if I want to experience RSD, support the very places I long to be, and take home a handful of the limited edition treasures that are being released specifically for this event, I must rush frantically like some mental patient to grab what most NYC locations will either A) not even have in stock or B) have in stock but will be price-gouging for 50-75% over the suggested retail price. (Fuck you, Village Music World.)
The whole idea behind Record Store Day should be fun, but like most things in NYC, will be nothing but chaos and disappointment.
That being said, I will be on the hunt, slowly, politely, and with my best happy face.
Wish me luck and enjoy the Weekend Mix.
(And fuck you, Village Music World)
Street Fighting Man-Rolling Stones
I Predict A Riot- Kaiser Chiefs
Mama Told Me Not To Come- Three Dog Night
Girl In Golden Disc- The Records
Mine Exclusively- The Olympics
Nice 'n' Sleazy- The Stranglers
Cheating- The Animals
Damaged Goods- Gang Of Four
Tears All Over Town- A Girl Called Eddy
Even The Losers- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
I'll Get By- SWAG
Senses Working Overtime- XTC
Darkness On The Edge Of Town- Bruce Springsteen
My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down- The Ramones
Hang Onto Yourself- Arnold Corns
Stab Your Back- Damned
Clean My Wounds- Corrosion Of Conformity
Heroes & Villains- Geraint Watkins
Wearing & Tearing & Led Zeppelin
Both Sides Now- Jason Falkner