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Record Store Day 2011: Another Great Pull

Alrighty, I’m back home after another great trip out for Record Store Day. For those not in the know, every year record stores and music companies put on the event to help promote local stores and vinyl records. I enjoy both for the exclusives and the free schwag. This year was no different for me. Here’s my pull list:

  • EMI Urban Music Sampler
  • The Orchard Physical Distribution Sampler
  • Stockholm Belongs to Us: A Labrador Records Compilation
  • Epitaph Winter/Spring 2011 Sampler
  • Select-O-Hits Limited Edition Sampler
  • New West Records All-Stars & Rookies Sampler 2011
  • Sub Pop Terminal Sales Vol. 4
  • Universal Music Christian Group Sampler
  • Decibel Download Metal Sampler 2011
  • Coachella Festival Sampler 2011
  • Thomas Dybdahl/Laura Jansen 45 Single
  • Lower Dens 45 Single
  • Owl City 45 Single
  • Yeasayer 45 Single
  • Richard and Willie – The Race Track

What was different for me was the new Vinyl Renaissance that opened up at 39th West. The former Boomerangs is now home to the growing local Kansas City franchise. The one off of Shawnee Mission Parkway was decent but some of the dudes that worked there were fairly anal retentive and jerky. That was different however at the 39 West grand opening. I didn’t get to stay long enough for the band that was setting up to play but I did enjoy the bounty of schwag the store was handing out.

I can’t wait to dig through all of this new music and find some gems. I already listened to Richard and Willie because I absolutely love underground urban comedy from the 1960s and 1970s. The other items are not too shabby either, as the samplers have mainstream cred attached to them. So another year in and another year out doing some early morning crate digging and schwag grabbing. Happy Record Store Day!

Happy Record Store Day!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to wish everyone out there a happy Record Store Day!  Every April, the vinyl record store owners across the world band together and celebrate the regal round objects that are vinyl records.  Today found me crate digging at Vinyl Renaissance and Zebedee’s RPM.  The pull was decent and so was the schwag.

The schwag consisted of some sampler cds, postcards, buttons, and stickers.  Very nice indeed!  Although the 429 Records All-Stars claims to be the best in alternative yet they sport Cracker and Everclear on the compilation.  What’s up with that?  My guess that’s why it was free.  Anywho, here’s my pull:

  • Peter Gabriel/Stephin Merritt : A single where they cover a song of each others
  • Gorillaz – White Flag:
  • Muse – Exogenises Symphony (Parts: 1-3) : After their show at Stubb’s I will get anything new by these guys
  • Paul Simon – Graceland: I think I already have this, but I had to get another copy.  One of the greatest openings ever on an album lives on this bad boy.  I’ll even go as far as to say it’s one of the best albums of the 1980s.

It’s not too late.  Hop online and buy some 45s from the online stores.  If you’re lucky enough to have a record player, plop down your favorite LP and just sit back.