Maybe I’m getting old. Well I know I’m getting old, but that’s beside the point. The reason I say that at this juncture is because this past Saturday was Record Store Day 2017 and I was still in bed when the festivities started. Years past(well at least since 2012) I was up and out the door waiting in line to grab some exclusive vinyl with loads of other guys and gals. Fidgety and shivering from the cold air, I’d be hanging out in the early morning light listening to various conversations that would range from what releases were the most sought after to the best cartridge to own to what this person or that person did the night before. I usually was quiet and kept to myself, pondering what I needed to do when I got home, besides pouring a cup of dark roast and which record to listen to first. It’s one of the few group activities I enjoy taking part in. It’s a unifying sort of day, really. Everybody coming together for the love of music and vinyl and elbow rubbing with the tribe, if you will.
But this year, I slept. And when I woke up, instead of throwing on some clothes and running out the door for my local brick and mortar, I made a pot of coffee and sat and chatted with my dad for a couple hours. Once he left I headed outside and mowed the yard. And sprayed for weeds. And trimmed limbs. And raked. Around 3:30 pm I finally made my way to town to see how my record store pals did. They did really well, nearly selling all their RSD goodies. There were a couple releases I was interested in, but I wasn’t expecting to get them with over half the day gone. I did luck out and I found one copy left of each of them. The War On Drugs 12″ single “Thinking Of A Place” and Metavari’s Metropolis re-scoring, which was released via One Way Static and Light In The Attic.
I chatted up my friends at Karma Records of Warsaw, then was on my way. The evening was spent grilling up some brats and dogs, enjoying a couple IPAs, and watching the excellent sci fi film The Void with my son. Once the evening got late I put on some headphones and dropped the needle on that Metavari LP. It was divine. A great way to end the day.
Hope you had a great RSD 2017. I did.