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Record Store Day Tomorrow

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looks there are a couple of interesting jazz exclusives - a 10" inch sampler from the upcoming Bill Evans record (see separate thread), a Miles sampler and the lp version of the new Branford Marsalis record ...

http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home

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I moved up my haircut appointment to give me time to go to the two remaining record stores (that I know of) in Broward county. It will be my first "Record Store Day" and in all honesty, I don't intend to spend anything, it just gives me a reason to go to a couple of stores I haven't shopped at in six months in one case and well over a year in the other.

If I don't buy anything, I'll be heading to Amazon for a long-delayed order as soon as I get home - and as I look at Radio-Active Records website, I have a feeling their "entertainment" will drive me out of the store faster than planned.

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I celebrated a week early. Went up to NYC, hit the museums and several galleries to get my art fix. Went to the Jazz Record Center for the first time, and found a bunch of nice items, at a low price. Ahmed Abdullah Silkhearts, a Lennie Niehaus OJC, Charles Tyler in Europe, and other misc. jazz. Phil Schaap walks in just as I am paying. Sunday I found the new location for the Downtown Music Gallery -- in the most obscure corner of Chinatown -- and spent a nice hour going through the well kept and large (at least when compared to the original space) basement shop. Got the new ESP releases of Frank Lowe and Frank Wright, a couple of Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Silkhearts on sale, a recent Sabir Mateen disc, a couple of really limited pressings of Faruq Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers, some obscure Ted Daniel reissues from the 70's that I never knew about, and many others.

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I'm not gonna wait in line for the other crazies hoping to cop some of the limited 7"s, but I plan on stopping by later to see about snapping up that Brubeck 10" reissue. If the Electric Fetus doesn't have it, then I'll hit Treehouse Records.

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I went last year, but just to see a local band that was playing in store. Kind of much ado about nothing. This year, one of the interesting limited editions (4,200 copies world wide) on offer is a 180 gram LP featuring the longest version of Dark Star ever performed by the Grateful Dead. It clocks in at over 40 minutes. I would definitely like to get ahold of that one.

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As was mentioned elsewhere, there will also be an old FMP Brotzmann/Bennik/Van Hove 7" reissued.

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Is Record Store Day only about vinyl?

I've never thought of it that way. Neither have I thought of it as a chance to get a rare or limited edition title. I've used it as an opportunity to visit a local record store, spend some money to show my support (c'mon, Dan!), and wax nostalgic about "the good ol' days".

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I've never participated in Record Store Day, but I'm going to one of my favorite stores tomorrow - I want to score the two new 78s(!) Tompkins Square is putting out, by Luther Dickinson and Ralph Stanley.

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People were lining up at 1am at one store here in town. They opened their doors at 9am. :rfr

I have to say that the forced limited edition thing is a bit lame. The day is great for record stores, really helping things along to fill the registers. Which I am all for.

But from a guy-buying-records-to-hear-them perspective, I just can't hang with waiting in line for 8 hours to HAVE A CHANCE at getting what I am looking for.

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I've never previously considered attending, figuring (perhaps incorrectly) that it was largely about vinyl and/or collectables--two categories that I'm not too interested in. I checked the website and saw that two nearby shops were participating, and that one of them featured an in-store performance by the one and only Colin Hay, former frontman of Men at Work. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided it was raining and a tad bit cold out for April in DC, so I stayed home and worked on a tall stack of unopened previous purchases (including a few items from said independent shops).

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So what was purchased, if anything?

I'll post mine when I get home later today ...

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My local record store was pretty cool IMO. In store performance by a musician, a decent selection of RSD vinyls (no jazz and most of which I'd never heard of) . I did pick up one 7inch by Cookie Duster which is pretty good pop/rock. More significantly I met a couple of very small local record producers for Scotland's Indie scene Song by Toad and Gerry Loves Records. I took a chance on what they were offering and have heard some very good indie rock by groups totally unknown to me - Paws, Lady North, Meursault and Yusuf Azak.( pictured below - my photo)

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I bought a few things last year, but nothing much appealed to me this year. Never saw the Brubeck 10", which was one of the few things I was considering. Did stop in to Rockaway on Saturday, but just picked up a few half-priced CDs and dollar LPs. Owner Dave mentioned that the first 15 minutes was the busiest retail he'd ever seen in the store. I saw photos of the line outside Amoeba in Hollywood and that was enough to keep me away until Sunday morning, when it was back to normal.

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I did pick up the Brubeck. It's on red wax, even! I wish they'd put out more of these 10" reissues along the OJC lines.

I missed out on the Buddy Guy reissue on Vanguard. :(

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I went all blues, as I kind of expected to:

Nashville Jumps: R&B from BULLET 1946-1953 (Krazy Kat Records) Had to go for it to hear B.B. King's earliest sides.

Fenton Robinson, Blues in Progress (Black Magic)

San Francisco Blues Festival Volume 3 (Solid Smoke) Featuring Big Mama Thornton and Sugar Pie DeSanto

Anthology of the Blues: Memphis Blues (Kent) A comp, mostly of the Wolf. The price was definitely right.

In fact the price was pretty good overall: $25 spent for four LPs.

And as it turned out, I was smart not to bother with Radioactive Records - I didn't even know they had moved and wouldn't have found them at their old location anyway. All but the Fenton Robinson was found at the warehouse of a guy who mostly just sells at record shows. No crowds to contend with there.

Edited by Dan Gould

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I went to pick up the two 78 RPM releases, by Ralph Stanly and Luther Dickinson, but I spotted this and couldn't resist:

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A box of ten 45s of rare New Orleans stuff.

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