ethanpricington

Record Store Day 2017

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If they really wanted to help small shops, they would have a decent return policy for unsold stock. Also they would reconsider a lot of the bullshit. And yes, I know it's all subjective, but there's no one on earth clamoring for a Toto Africa picture disc pressed to the order of 3500. For every one of these, there is a Loveless that goes unpressed.

 

The first four RSD were fun, lots of limited releases, good reissues, indie label stuff... fun standing in line for them. By the time the majors got involved, stupid picture discs, overpriced side-by-side gimmicks at $9 a piece, absolutely unnecessary dollar bin reissues... it's a joke now. And like the local store owner told me, he doesn't see most of those people the other 364 days out of the year. 

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5 minutes ago, unknown pleasures said:

Wouldn't it be nice if Record Store Day were just a day people were encouraged to go out and hang at their local shop, talk to the owner and fellow music lovers, browse the cool inventory and maybe support the place by buying an album or two? Basically just enjoy themselves - with no exclusives?

Sounds swell. Then afterwards I'll take my best gal down to the soda fountain for a phosphate before the sock hop.

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2 hours ago, unknown pleasures said:

Wouldn't it be nice if Record Store Day were just a day people were encouraged to go out and hang at their local shop, talk to the owner and fellow music lovers, browse the cool inventory and maybe support the place by buying an album or two? Basically just enjoy themselves - with no exclusives?

I do this almost weekly. I've been going to their store for 18 years now. They've become like family. 

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Just now, teakay said:

I don't this almost weekly. I've been going to their store for 18 years now. They've become like family. 

Well, yeah - I think what I was sort of implying there is that that's the way most of the people who visit VC are with their local record shop every day of the year. 

 

All RSD is doing is causing the market to be flooded by releases that aren't needed, stick around in markdown bins for years and cause people who don't visit a record store the other 364 days of the year to queue up one morning. Excuse me, two mornings if you count Black Friday. 

 

Now, if I'm wrong and this holiday truly helps the stores make a ton of profit and stay in business so I can frequent them the rest of the year, then I take it all back. But it seems like what I'm hearing from the shops I visit and a lot of people around here is RSD does just as much harm as good. Maybe not for Bullmoose or Reckless or Amoeba or Newbury Comics but for the smaller shops - y'know, the ones that supposedly were the focus of this whole thing to begin with. 

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Last year I think I bought 14 items on RSD. Most were worth it, a few were fun gimmicks, and one was something I'd been wanting reissued for a while (Pinback).  This year I'm buying zero. Zero things. I'll probably just go in and buy a non-RSD title from a few stores and watch whatever local bands are playing.

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5 hours ago, darkeyelids said:

I've seen this posted on like 3 different sites, but I wouldn't use it as a complete list seeing as how some confirmed releases don't appear 

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Public Service Announcement: A lot of stores see the number of shoppers dwindle in the weeks leading up to RSD because a lot of people are saving their money. Multiple stores around me have really good sales during this time (20-30% off). Stores around y'all might do the same.

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4 minutes ago, duckula said:

Just saw this on the list:

 

Various Artists – Space Jam: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture [2LP] (Blue / Black Stardust Colored Vinyl, limited to 3500, indie-retail exclusive)

 

I can't tell if this is fake or not anymore.

It's true. 

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28 minutes ago, duckula said:

Just saw this on the list:

 

Various Artists – Space Jam: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture [2LP] (Blue / Black Stardust Colored Vinyl, limited to 3500, indie-retail exclusive)

 

I can't tell if this is fake or not anymore.

 

 

Least it's cheaper than the prices on Discogs for the original pressing. 

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1 hour ago, Tommy said:

Thomas & Friends – Steam, Rattle, and Roll [10”] (Transparent Blue Vinyl, lyric sheet, limited to 1500, indie-retail exclusive)

Not gonna pick this one up. Any output after they fired Sir Topham Hatt as manager in the middle of the 2012 Japanese tour is garbage IMO.

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Posted (edited)

Just 3 weeks before RSD in London, on April 1, is the Indie Label Market. Obviously a much smaller but for me now a much more interesting event. I think given the choice I know where I would rather spend my money although I live 100 miles from London and by the time I got there most of the good stuff would probably have gone. I believe they are also held in NY and LA once or twice a year. Among the items on offer this year:

 

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http://www.independentlabelmarket.com/

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10 hours ago, darkeyelids said:

If this holds true I'll be interested in Space Jam, The Lumineers and ATL Unplugged. So far away from a record store though, so who knows if I'll be able to grab any of them.

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