I want to tell you how exhilarating it is to proudly tote your newest vinyl find home and spend the better part of two hours pouring over the liner notes. I want to tell you with certainty that your favorite band will sound better on vinyl.
But, this could be a lie. I sacrificed my record player and modest record collection back in “The Great Break Up of 2009″ to an ex-boyfriend who supposedly enjoyed all of those things much more than I did. And I must (somewhat bitterly) admit that most of my music(ing) takes place in a vehicle or at the gym, so vinyl doesn’t really fit into my life. But none of this makes me any less excited about Record Store Day.
While I won’t be first in line for the Wilco box set, you’ll find me in St. Pete this Saturday soaking up sun, songs, and copious amounts of beer. The 600 Block does it so beautifully right for Record Store Day. Doors to Daddy Kool open at 8 AM (line starts at 6ish, so beware) with a DJ set to get things going. Live music starts at the Local 662 at noon, and I sincerely hope you stick around until later that night to see Meteoreyes at 10:45. Live music starts at Fubar at 1:00 PM. There will be fun, food, a chance to fight a kid for that Ugly Custard LP you wanted, and in case I haven’t mentioned it, beer.
If you’re on the other side of the bridge, I will try not to judge you too harshly and also point you in the direction of Mojo Books and Music by the USF Tampa campus. They open at 9 AM and DJ Sam Esser will play your RSD purchase on the spot, should you let him hold your precious Kimbra EP. Even if you don’t want to share, we’ll understand. Over in the Seminole Heights area, Microgroove will open at 7 AM and have live music from 1 PM – 4 PM. They will also have complimentary PBR throughout the day, which may be enough to make them my pregame spot. (So I pregame RSD, don’t judge me. I’m not the one waiting for the Switchfoot CD.)
Daddy Kool, the Local 662 and Fubar will have the best block party, hands down. At about 11:30 PM I will be drunk and teary and mumbling how beautiful the day was. Yes, I will make myself available for sloppy photo-ops. The 600 block will also have the biggest selection of live shows. Daddy Kool will be have storewide discounts throughout the day.
Mojo Books and Music also boasts an array of sales and free goodies (and beer!) along with a decent line up of shows. I’m not sure what to expect from Microgroove since this is their first RSD, but they offer free beer and a few shows along with storewide sales. However, Microgroove has an ace up their sleeve; if you spend $40, you get into the Blackbird Blackbird show at New World Brewery that night for $5. If you spend $80, you get in free. I can’t stress enough how much you should go see Blackbird Blackbird, I wouldn’t lie to you about this. I know I kind of lied to your earlier, but we have to get past these trust issues.
And last but certainly not least, if you’re feeling frisky and want a road trip for RSD, you absolutely must go to Sweat Records in Miami. RSD ambassador and badass himself Iggy Pop will be there.
You don’t have to be a vinyl elitist to have a blast on RSD. You can meet cool people and set up carpools to future shows, gorge yourself on vegan baked goods, enjoy hours of free live music, score that CSC Funk Band 7″, drink yourself silly and best of all, support your community and the local record stores we hope never ever disappear. And for those of you wetting yourself over The Pharcyde Singles Collection, well, you already know what’s up.
Here’s is the complete list of Record Store Day Releases and yes, the moment you’ve been waiting for, your beloved Brasky picks.