Record Store Day ’11

RSD’11 – This year I ended up taking a 4-pronged approach to the still-relevant Record Store Day celebrations. This past Wednesday I took a trip to Fishtown’s very own Milk Crate Cafe, who announced the grand opening of their bargain bin basement. Most of these titles consisted of the 80’s rock and jazz, both of which I care little for. However, I did manage to score some nice finds upstairs and downstairs:

The Chamelons UKStrange Times (2LP version – MEGA-BONUS!) $5
FranklinGo Kid Go LP (classic local Philly emo-core band from the mid-90’s) $5
R.E.M.Document LP (long overdue) $5
TyvekTyvek LP (garage punk weirdos kinda like Titus Andronicus or Times New Viking on the legendary Siltbreeze label) $5
Nick LoweLabour Of Lust LP (also long overdue) $5
Hüsker DüNew Day Rising LP (arguably my favorite HD album and one of my top 10 fave albums of the 80’s altogether) $10 (VG+)
Saturday Looks Good To MeFill Up The Room LP (one of the most painfully underrated indie-pop bands in recent memory – TWO great songwriters in Fred Thomas & Chris Bathgate) $8

My mother was in town visiting this weekend so my official RSD trek was limited to one stop in hopes of A.) finding the few items I was looking for and B.) spending a little dough at a shop I don’t frequent very often, that being Repo Records. I scored the following (pictured above) but walked away without the repress of Matt Costa’s debut and the Piebald 3LP set (more on that later..):

Big StarThird LP (housed in magnetic tape box with replica music sheets and notes) $39.99 (FYI I did not win one of the 5 test pressing *sad face*)
tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l LP (I’ve only heard the first single off of this (‘Bizness’) though after watching footage of some of these songs being played live I have no doubts that this will be one of my faves of 2011) $13
The Joy Formidable – Whirring 7″ (after their debut EP and seeing them live I’d buy a can of botulized creamed corn off them) $6
CreepoidHorse Heaven LP (thus far, one of my favorite local albums of 2011 and it keeps getting better with each listen – sad I missed their show @ Main Street Music in Manayunk…of all places)

I showed up at Repo at 10:45 and the doors were already busted open and a line of 30 or so people had formed so my immediate assumption that Piebald and Matt Costa would not be had was correct. The good news is that I found the Piebald release on eBay – sold for a cool $25 by the actual record label (love you, Rise Records) to prevent post-RSD ‘scalping’. A.K.A. Music will be special ordering the Costa LP.

The celebration continued on Sunday when my lady friend and I decided to check out the virtually-unknown Long In The Tooth (no website!) down by 21st & Walnut. A few short-winded reviews on Yelp claimed this place to be ‘off the beaten path’, ‘a treasure trove of gems’ and ‘overseen by a pissy shopkeeper’. Two of these were true – the owner’s main gripe consisted of the lone record-shopping common courtesy – if you flip through records with one hand you’re more likely to bend the edges and degrade the vinyl/jacket/sleeve. There are signs everywhere throughout the store to remind you of this. But man, a treasure trove indeed. I brought my girlfriend along thinking there would be a few crates of Kansas/Jethro Tull/Fleetwood Mac records but I was dead wrong. The used vinyl selection was equal to or even possibly greater than my favorite haunt, Princeton Record Exchange. The selection of used, new, 10″, 7″ records, movies and books/zines/memorabilia to browse through could easily take me an entire day to ingest but, out of respect for my g/f (who managed to pick up a few LP’s herself), I had to quit after the used LP section. LITT, hands down one of the most pleasurable experiences in recent memory and I’ll definitely be stopping back again as it’s literally two doors down from the Helium comedy club. Here’s the shortlist of what I walked away from here with:

ColourmusicF, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13 LP (popsicle orange vinyl) $8
Patsy ClineAlways LP (1964 Italian import) $10 (swoon)
Johnny CashEverybody Loves A Nut LP (his novelty, sing-a-along, not-quite-a-joke-not-quite-serious album) $5
Atom & His PackageMaking Love LP (blue vinyl) (love his package) $8
ThemFeaturing Van Morrison 2LP (1972 anthology in VG condition, shit my pants when I saw it for so cheap…) $20
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway LP (peach vinyl) (the peachiness is sweet and Critical Drain is one of my favorite tracks from last year) $8
The PineLead Blocks For Feet LP (classic obscuro emo-core; muddled, frantic and essential!) $5(!)
VA – A Food Not Bombs Benefit LP (classic OOP hardcore/screamo/emo comp feat. Swing Kids, Franklin, Indian Summer etc. – sadly didn’t include the booklet) $8(!)
Film SchoolFission LP (this was recommended to me via Nada @ FWBA so I took a chance – 180g clear vinyl) $8
Elvis PresleyThe Sun Sessions LP (girlfriend’s squeeze) $10
Otis ReddingLive In Europe LP (girlfriend’s squeeze and I’m not complaining) $5
Bruce SpringsteenBorn In The U.S.A. LP (sure, why not) $4

It was a pretty good week for shopping that sent many worthy acquisitions to my shelves. I could probably live without the rat-race, Black Friday-esque trappings of the ‘holiday’ and the severe exclusivity of some releases but I still love the concept of Record Store Day and I hope to see y’all out and about next year.

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  1. veedub

    very nice. you got some good shit. i was sick all day so you beat my arse.

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