For those of you who weren’t aware, yesterday was Record Store Day! I was excited to get in on the action this year after being gifted my record player for Christmas this past year. I’ve been hunting for some of my favorite albums on vinyl ever since and have built quite a little collection for myself that I’m pretty proud of.
Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day has served the music community the last few years with mass celebrations and exclusive vinyl and CD releases at participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
Record Store Day as described on their website:
“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store- the staff, the customers, and the artists- to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April…”
I joined the festivities at Ralph’s Records in Lubbock, Texas. Not knowing what to expect as this was my first Record Store Day, Ralph’s opened at 9 A.M. so I thought I’d be ok getting there a little after that. I pulled into the parking lot at 9:04 A.M. and there was a line wrapped half-way around the building…apparently people had been camping out since the night before. I clearly had no idea what I was getting myself into…
I probably stood in line for close to an hour before I was in the store but everyone was super friendly so I didn’t really mind the wait. The bins with the exclusive Record Store Day releases were pretty picked over by that point and I wasn’t able to find any of the ones I intended on getting. I was a little bummed but got over it quickly when I found the rest of my goodies. I searched through some of the new/recent releases area and found some of my favorite albums on vinyl. I even got a free Ralph’s t-shirt with my purchase (because I spent a lot of money haha) and they had free goodies on the way out like posters, pins, a free CD, and stickers. I was sure to grab anything labeled FREE. FREE is a college girl’s favorite word.
Also with the first 60 purchases, Ralph’s was giving away FREE Beatles totes too, so I got one of those as well! Here’s my Record Store Day 2015 damage…
After I got home, I saw that Joy Williams of the recent duo group, The Civil Wars, whose album I just bought, was talking about RSD on Twitter asking her fans what they found. I sent her this picture with her album and she favored it, so that was pretty amazing!
Did you participate in this year’s Record Store Day? What goodies did you get? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you have any suggestions on albums to add to my collection, let me know!
If you want to check out Joy Williams’ recent solo work, check this out!