Yes, the count is already on! I can’t wait. I guess I could count down until RSD’s Black Friday event, but I hate Black Friday!
That being said we all should remember that although Record Store Day is a great reason to head out to your local record store, we need to keep it up the rest of there year also! Record store cannot survive with one day a year! I know that I am a big promoter of services such as spotify, but I also go out and buy records and CD’s. This doesn’t mean you have to start a vinyl collection though or that you have to buy absolutely everything on CD. It would be nice to support a local business while helping support something many of us hold near and dear!
There is nothing like the experience of hanging out in a music store. Interacting with others who love music is one of my favorite part of it. It never fails what someone will suggest to you on any given day.
So I mentioned previously what I took home from RSD this year. I am not going to get a little more detailed about what I got and what I thought about them now that I’ve had a little bit of time to adsorb them. I will only include the first item in this post, and will try to post at least one item I either bought or got free each day for the next however many days. I might take a day off here and there or interject other post of coarse.
So this first thing I actually listened to was the new RSD Coachella sampler. When I left Bull Moose it was the easiest to access (being already open) and one I was interested in because I had watched so much of the festival the week before. This sampler features artists on this years Coachella Festival in Indio, CA. This is one of the many free item I picked up. It contains a 17 track CD as well as 32 page book (cover pictured above). The book has interviews with the 17 artist featured on the sampler. To listen this sampler go to my Tumblr playlist page.
Check out the track listing above. Over all this compilation was pretty solid. I really only knew three of the bands really well. (The Black Keys, The Shins and Florence + the Machine) After that I really knew very little about the rest of the musicians on this disc. That’s not saying I hadn’t heard of them, but I certainly wouldn’t have been able to recognize them with you the linear notes. With the exception of the Kaiser Chiefs and Swedish House Mafia I really enjoyed this disc. I will definitely be looking more into Justice, We are Augustines and Band of Skulls. (I already have Andrew Bird in my Spotify playlist queue). One thing I do think is a bit silly about this compilation is that it comes during or (in the case last year) after the event actually happens. So if you like the a bunch of the artist and want to go to the festival it’s already to late.
One other little tidbit for you, Record Store Day is actually celebrated at Coachella. At the Zia Tent on the 21st they had many of the same RSD exclusives and actually even a few Coachella exclusives. At The Drive-In’s Vaya EP was available on colored vinyl and Ximena Sarinana also released a Coachella only 7 inch vinyl. More exclusives were mentioned but upon searching the web I have yet to determine what they were.