Normally I think that listening parties and other such events are a waste of time in the 2010s. Who is really drawn in to a store to listen to an album that leaked weeks ago? However, Fleet Foxes and Sub Pop found a way to spice it up: they’re offering white vinyl pressings (only 200 made) for giveaway at participating record stores. This is one of the rare times I wish I didn’t work at an independent record store — now I’m ineligible for the contest! But hey, I know it’ll go to a good home. There are also screen prints and the sold out Record Store Day 12″ single from Fleet Foxes. So hit up one of these stores on May 3rd!
Hours later and I still can’t decide if Record Store Day 2011 was more stressful or more fun. There were moments where I was sure the crowd was too big, but everyone stayed respectful and had a great time. Major thanks to all the bands that played, My Morning Jacket for signing things longer than they were supposed to and the customers who helped each other out in the music nerd version of Black Friday. Oh, and thanks to my coworkers who will probably not fully recover until Tuesday.
I kept my RSD purchases to a minimum this year. I grabbed Of Montreal’s 12″ and — of course — My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital” 12″ that was limited to CD Central and Ear X-tacy. A few hours in I talked myself into grabbing Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity for the translucent green upgrade in the reissue. I was going to grab the Flaming Lips’ box set, but my boss told me we’ll be able to get it again very soon, so I figured I’d leave what we had for customers to mull over. I’d hoped for Cults or the White Stripes seven inch, but no-go on either. We didn’t get any Stripes and I never saw the Cults single, though we did have it.
Leroy DJing between bands
One of the biggest treats of the day was, surprisingly, Leroy’s DJ set. It was a fantastic mix of old 45s, not one of which I recognized. I’m going to beg him to DJ the next time I book a show. And the best part is that his incredible sets always gave way into some of Lexington’s best bands. I pretty much stayed out of the booking process for Record Store Day this year, so I got to be pleasantly surprised with all the great bands we snagged! Unfortunately I only got to see about a song from each band, but they all sounded on top of their game.
And before I turn it over the the photos, I just want to say a big thanks to My Morning Jacket. We asked if they’d be able to play an instore (quite the longshot), they offered the idea of an exclusive 12″ and in-store appearance instead. I’m not sure, but that might actually be the better deal. Not only that, but they were far nicer than you could expect most people to be when signing things and listening to stories for an hour.
As for me, when I found out they’d be doing a bit of signing I printed up a poster of a shot I took at their Bonnaroo 2008 show. It’s currently signed and framed on my wall.
Record Store Day 2011 was a blast. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!
See all the photos after the break.
Record Store Day is tomorrow and there’s a great chance there’s a store near you that’s celebrating. If you live in Lexington, KY then there’s a certainty that a store near you will be putting on RSD festivities. I work at CD Central and we’ve spent the past few months shaping together our plans for tomorrow. Here’s a quick outline of what you can expect.
We’ve got some of our favorite local bands to rock you from early to late. We’d love to have this show outside, but we’re pretty sure the rain will drive us indoors. Oh well. Who doesn’t love to shop for limited edition vinyl in the middle of a great rock concert? That might actually be what heaven is like.
Noon: Arcane Rifles
1 pm: High Water Marks
2 pm: Matt Duncan
3 pm: They Yearn For What They Fear
4 pm: Fifth on the Floor
5 pm: Palisades
My Morning Jacket will be stopping by mid-afternoon to sign a few things and take over our stereo for a bit. They won’t be playing live, but they have ordered up 600 limited-edition 12″ of “Circuital” to be split just between Ear X-Tacy and CD Central. So thank them for that (after you’ve snagged one, of course) and maybe ask ’em to sign it.
I’ve seen the boxes. We have a ton of stuff this year. We might not have everything (last I was there we still didn’t have any White Stripes stuff — major bummer), but we’ve got pretty close to it. Get there early because lines formed over an hour before we opened last year. Seriously, people were at the store before I was. We open at 10am and close at 8pm — regular hours.
10% off storewide (excludes some obvious things like tickets and gift certificates). There are also mountains of $1 CDs and discount records.
As someone who wasn’t overly familiar with the Drive-By Truckers, seeing them put on an incredible show at CD Central made me wonder what I’d been doing with my life that was so important that I couldn’t listen to every DBT album. Really, it was a fantastic. When Patterson played “Asshole,” it was what I imagine seeing Uncle Tupelo must’ve been like. The Truckers were fantastic live (more on that in a bit), but I’m really glad I got to see this intimate show at a local business.
More photos after the break.
Just a friendly reminder that you can catch the Drive-By Truckers doing a FREE instore performance at CD Central today at 4pm. It’s not full band — I think it’s Patterson and whoever plays accordion — but I’m sure the place will be packed any way.
Saturday April 9th
377 S. Limestone
4pm | FREE | All Ages
And, as if you needed a reminder, the DBT are playing tonight at Buster’s.
Kentuckians My Morning Jacket have always loved and promoted the Bluegrass state. Really, they’re better to us than most bands are to their home state. The latest example of their love is today’s news: My Morning Jacket will be pressing up a 12″ Record Store Day single of the title track of their new record Circuital that will be available only at CD Central in Lexington and Ear X-Tacy in Louisville.
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Circuital (new; live)
The single will be white-label, one track and only 600 total will be pressed. Rumor has it that My Morning Jacket might be on hand at CD Central to sign a few of these sometime during Record Store Day, but we’ll have to see how that plays out.
No word on price or per-person-limit, but I do know the singles will be split evenly between the stores. Also CD Central doesn’t offer mail-order or online purchases of store stock, so please don’t call me at work to ask.