A trip to our local record store to support RSD
Just a little after opening, we arrived to CD Trader in Tarzana, CA. It was amazing to see a record store so busy! And it wasn’t just people waiting in line for the special releases, it was a scene where people were sifting through all sorts of vinyl, cd’s and even cassettes.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. Now it happens annually on the 3rd Saturday of April. As I was waiting in line for our special release vinyls, Justin perused the store and found a sweet live album of Al DiMeola (his favorite guitarist next to Trey Anastasio).
After only about a half hour of waiting we were able to purchase about 50% of our RSD wish list: Phish “Lawn Boy,” Trey Anastasio’s 7″ picture disc, Blind Melon “Blind Melon,”(a TOTAL flashback to my middle school days) Cake’s live 7” color vinyl, and MGMT’s CASSETTE single release “Alien Days.” Realizing our tape player was broken when we got home, luckily MGMT offered an MP3 download as well:)
After spending $120 at a record shop, you’d think we would have a record at home…nope! Our friend Tyler brought over his record player and his purchases as well….I was especially stoked to listen to the “Rare Cuts & Oddities,” the RSD release from the Grateful Dead. There’s some really sweet tracks from rehearsals within the first 6 months that the Dead were formed. Very Beatles-esque.
Another track I am completely obsessed with: Cake’s live recording of “Jesus Wrote a Blank Check.” It’s super bluegrassy, something I’ve been really digging recently. Looking forward to building our new record collection, and yes, purchasing a record player too!