Saturday, April 20, 2013
RECORD STORE DAY, 2013: UPDATE
Please check out my picks for RSD, 2013.
I've just returned from today's Record Store Day experience at J&R Music World. I chose this location over the handful of mom & pops in my general vicinity for two reasons: I was trying to avoid the potential insanity this day incites and I generally can't stand the smug clerks who know nothing at just about every Greenwich Village shop.
Let me go on record today by saying, I think Record Store Day blows.
Yes, I know. I'm cranky and bitter, blah blah. But hear me out.
I have good reason to be bitter. I stood behind the counter of my own record shop, twiddling my thumbs for the last three years of its existence, while everyone threw their LPs onto the nearest curb and basically stayed home downloading MP3s. Give me that, will ya?
But also, as a record collector, I just don't see what is fun about record labels creating product that you probably wouldn't have bought in the first place, occasionally pressed on shitty vinyl, for a premium, and in very small numbers, simply to get people into the record stores, which you cannot browse in due to the amount of people who never show up the other 364 days of the year.
I stood on a line outside of J&R for 30 minutes and then inside for another 30 minutes, being directed around in circles, while employees barked rules and regulations at me. I imagine this is what Vito Corleone must have felt like when he disembarked on Ellis Island in 1907.
Friends and readers outside of the NYC area will probably tell me how much different their RSD was. But once again, RSD here in the Big Apple is simply an empty experience, where long time loyalists are led about like cattle and treated only slightly better.