The strange phenomenon that is Record Store Day is back this Black Friday with all sorts of exclusive records sent to indie record stores. The official list of releases is here but there's no guarantee which store will have what. You can always try calling but most won't let you reserve one. In the grand tradition of Black Friday, you gotta wait in a big ol' line.
Record Raid heads back downtown with a new location! We've headed over to the Old Ironworks in the Bywater at 612 Piety Street.
This is the summer show for our quarterly record fairs and we expect to have over 20 vendors selling LPs, 45s, CDs and more from storefronts and private collectors all along the gulf coast. It's like a big, awesome record store that only pops up 4 times a year with stock you've never seen before. Plenty of local music, old garage 45s, new punk LPs, mysterious oddity records -- that record that's been eluding you may be somewhere in these bins.
I love the idea of a Record Store Day but there really weren't many items in the Record Store Day roster that excited me. So I like to take the opportunity to check on my record store friends and see how the madness is going for them. But if this is really a special day, then I should do it in a special way. So I set out to do the Record Store GRAND TOUR: hit all New Orleans record stores in one day.
We're back at Tulane March 16th for another Record Raid as part of WTUL's marathon fundraiser.
WHEN: March 16th 10am-5pm
WHERE: Tulane Zimple Quad at about 1209 Broadway Street. Outdoor show under the shades of two big oak trees (the records are safe, don't worry).
HOW MUCH: Free to enter!
WHO: You! No Tulane enrollment required.
WHAT: LPs, 45s, CDs, Cassettes
We thought we'd squeeze in one more opportunity to seize some presents for your loved ones, including yourself. So Emerson & Son are playing host to the first HOLIDAY DIGGIN' PARTY. A miniature Record Raid in time for the holidays.
WHERE: Emerson & Son @ 8725 Oak St. NOLA
WHEN: 11AM-5PM December 15th 2012
HOW MUCH: FREE ENTRY!
Full details still coming together, but we know this much:
A bunch of your favorite music vendors from around New Orleans sellin' music.
The November Record Raid went off without a hitch! Weather was perfect, attendance was great (especially considering all the other events happening around town), and the vendors brought out some choice material. Thanks to everybody that came out, bought some music and made some friends!
As always we're curious what you found in the crates. Feel free to post some comments or pictures of a any choice finds
Record Store Day has expanded onto the awful worldwide phenomenon of Black Friday. That means special one-day-only releases at record stores nationwide. While personally, I'm not a huge fan of the event (I much prefer my music used, affordable, and not bought explicitly for later ebay selling), it is a big day for the local stores.
Most record stores don't know what they're getting from Record Store Day, nor how much (and often they end up just crossing their fingers that they'll get them on time).