Happy holidays music enthusiasts, hoarders or the absolutely insane like myself who, as of 6 a.m. this morning, had been camping out in front of Waterloo Records in Austin. Today we're celebrating the fourth annual Record Store Day. Besides the monster of releases half of us won't be able to snag, could care less or will eventually find jacked up in price on eBay, we must reflect on the reason this whole thing matters: the support of our favorite artists and locally own retailers that actually carry what some of us are looking for. Even if you don't think the "exclusives" matter too much, I walked away with more used vinyl treasures last year than limited pressings. Blake put it best last year in saying to purchase "anything" in any format. It may be an Amazon digital download, it may be a shirt at a show and it may be a vinyl you finally mowed enough lawns to now purchase. Like my convictions of Harvey Dent, I also believe in the tangible medium, and as convenient as the digital form can be, I'm still going to invest in the physical copy in one form or another of my favorite albums. Hit the replies to hear what a few artists have to say, and what deals are going on online today in case there's not a local store near you. Also, let us know what you picked up!
From all their respective labels. No Sleep's sale is awesome; RFC put up their two releases because they couldn't ship them to stores; Rise had all their stuff on eBay; and Polyvinyl had the Owen preorder months ago.
i worked in record stores for years that participated in RSD but am dismayed to say that this year, the only notable release for me is Glassjaw's Worship and Tribute which isnt even a true RSD release/exclusive. =(
transit - promise nothing
the wonder years - wont be pathetic forever rsd edition
a day to remember - all i want
manchester orchestra - simple math
the wonder years - the upsides (run for cover 4 pack)
balance & composure - only boundaries rsd edition
touche amore - ...to the beat of a dead horse rsd all white edition
between the buried and me - the parallax: hypersleep dialogues