Today was Record Store Day.
RSD 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.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. 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.
Hope you had a great one!
To read my RSD2013 experience, hop on past the jump
I was up at 7am so that I could make it into town to secure some of this year’s exclusives. I was in the queue for Freebird Records on Wicklow Street (map) just after 8am and was one of the first dozen through the doors when opened. With the help of the lovely staff there, I managed to pick up the following two:
Foals – My Number (7″)
A. “My Number”
Determined to get my hands on one more, I joined the queue for Tower Records shortly after 8:30am. When I joined, the queue was back up to the side entrance to AIB on Wicklow Street; by the time the doors opened at 9am, I could see heads bobbing at the corner of Grafton Street. 3 people shy of getting through the entrance, the queue was brought to a halt so that they could manage the crowds inside. As smiling faces exited, I was given the all clear to enter and my frantic search for these two releases began:
Phoenix – Entertainment (7″)
B. Entertainment in Korean (according to the blogosphere but the track is listed as 29 seconds long, the title is in Korean and I haven’t been able to listen to it cuz I don’t have a 45 adapter :-()
All in all a good day’s shopping! Had not expected the crowds as early as they came so my thanks to the staff of Tower Records for forewarning me!