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You're In Treble Now: Date Nears for Record Store Day

You’re In Treble Now: Date Nears for Record Store Day
James Bullock
  • On March 12, 2015

“Hi everybody, I’m Dave Grohl and I’m here to talk about how wonderful it is to discover things at independent record stores, bring them home, and have them change your lives.”

The internationally celebrated Record Store Day is once again fast approaching with 2015 ambassador Dave Grohl, and once again the flurry of backorders, exclusive deals on re-pressed classics and the inevitable 9am queues will haunt the streets of every participating independent record store, of which there are 116 in Australia alone.

The culture of buying long press records (LP) has risen from the grave, epitomised locally perhaps by the resuscitation of Brisbane’s Rocking Horse: almost closing in 2011 to be revitalised by a jump in vinyl popularity, possibly attributed to dates like Record Store Day, as well as perhaps the collective nature of fans whose ownership of older music in its original format means something special.
Champion of the long press Jack White, himself the owner of Third Man Records, praised vinyl as “…the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl recored, you don’t really own the album.”

Record Store Day’s exclusivity in terms of sales can mean anything from discount prices on existing stock to Third Man Record’s facsimile of Elvis Presley’s ‘My Happiness” b/w “That’s When My Heartache Begins,” for which every detail- cardboard cover and all, has been taken into account for it’s limited release in 10-inch disk.
Exclusivity however, has apparently come up as a problem in the past.

The Jam’s Paul Weller last year voiced his concern over sale flips on Ebay from stores on what is a hallowed day for walk-in collectors.
Through Facebook, he wrote:“There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I’ve heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!”

Critics of the impact of RSD in nations other than the US have also voiced concerns to Rocking Horse owner Warwick Veer.
“Some poeple ask ‘Why do American Stores get everything?’ Because American presses are for American Stores.”
And on the nature of dodgy sales throughout the day:
“The only bad thing I’ve heard of is a store saying something’s only available on the day, and then selling it afterwards.”


Major distributors on the other hand may disagree, the UK’s distributor Kudos last year lashing out at pressing plants for highly prioritising mass orders of classic hits in the few weeks before RSD while strictly limiting orders for independent labels, effectively leaving their scheduled releases in the dust.
“We have participated since its inception and have enjoyed some notable successes. However, it now feels like it has been appropriated by major labels and larger indies to the extent that smaller labels who push vinyl sales for the other 364 days of the year are effectively penalised.”

It proves that a lot can happen under a 52% jump in global record sales, as noted by Rolling Stone in January 2015, but the same article also describes the tentative nature of investing too heavily in the recent craze from music giants such as Sony, for which vinyl sales make up just 6% of profits.
Robb Nansel, operator of Omaha label Saddle Creek was particularly pessimistic about the future of the format.
“It’s always going to be a niche. It’s great, obviously, that people are buying records. Not to be negative about it, but I feel like it’s going to peak, if it hasn’t already.”

But for Brisbane, Record Store Day still holds plenty of promise, owner of Egg Records Ric Trevaskes finding no trouble in saying that RSD outpaces Christmas Eve as the most lucrative time for a record store, although remaining a priority for major labels may still be an issue.
“Certainly in those new shops people line up to get those new releases for on the day only, but Australia’s always been way down the list of places those records get sent to. So out of 100 or 150 items that are meant to be pressed and sold on that day, Australia may only get 20.”

The notion of customers arriving at the doors of stores to find one specific collectable is also one that Ric doesn’t often find in his more regular clientele.
“They’re not used to shopping like you used to shop in a record shoe before there was internet, and before there was mail order. You used to go into a shop to see what was new, to see what you haven’t seen before. For the first time they’re going in and saying ‘Oh, what’s this?’ It’s called browsing. It’s what you’re meant to do.”


Len, manager at Rocking Horse, has some less favourable opinions on the types who participate in RSD to resolutely look for one or two items.
“It’s fucked for record stores…We find that they’re more online customers.”
“They want everything ‘now,’ I guess that’s just the generation.”

For Ric of Egg Records however, an optimum experience in a record store would be one of perhaps an intrepid explorer, with a passion to rival Marco Polo.
“It’s finding something that you weren’t expecting. Record collecting is hunting for something.”

Dave Grohl would be one to agree, his purchase of K-Tel’s ’20 Orginal Hits By The Original Stars’ turning out to be the reason ‘Sonic Highways’ is currently blasting through stereos across the world, from his introductory video on the RSD website. “The second that I heard Edgar Winter’s ‘Frankenstein’ kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.”

18th April. Go change your lives, kids.


A list from Music Fans page ‘Riff You’ outlines a list of potential exclusives for the day, but whether your local store can get a copy relies on the participation of press factories and distribution. List not confirmed by RSD, and was pieced together by ‘Riff’


Record Store Day 2015 Exclusives:

  • Gregg Allman – picture disc (10-inch)
  • Animals – The Animals No. 2EP (10-inch)
  • At the Gates – Gardens of Grief (coloured LP, 1500 copies)
  • Chet Atkins – My Brother Sings ( 2000 copies)
  • Avcii – The Days/Nightsremix EP (12-inch)
  • Banks – The Remixes Part 2 (12-inch, 2000 copies)
  • Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste (Deluxe Version) (LP)
  • Courtney Barnett – John Cale cover / new song (12-inch, 2500 copies)
  • Jeff Beck – “Hi Ho Silver Lining” / “Beck’s Bolero (red 7-inch, 1750 copies)
  • Jeff Beck – “Love Is Blue” / “I’ve Been Drinking (blue 7-inch, 2000 copies)
  • Jeff Beck – “Tallyman” / “Rock My Plimsoul” (gold 7-inch, 1750 copies)
  • The Black Keys/Junior Kimbrough – “Meet Me in the City” (7-inch, 6000 copies)
  • Blackberry Smoke – Wood Wire and RosesEP (colored 10-inch)
  • Blitzen Trapper – Harvest (live Neil Young covers LP)
  • Junior Brown – “Better Call Saul – Theme” (7-inch, 1000 copies)
  • John Butler Trio – “Ocean” / “Heading South” (12-inch)
  • Candlemass – Live (2LP, 1000 copies)
  • Carcass – Choice Cuts (red and clear splatter 2LP, 1500 copies)
  • Clutch – From Beale Street to Oblivion (purple 2LP, 1000 copies)
  • Cold War Kids – Five Quick Cuts EP (12-inch, 2000 copies)
  • Comeback Kid – Rain City SessionsEP (white or clear red 10-inch, 1850 copies)
  • James Cotton – Cut You Loose! (LP)
  • Country Joe & the Fish – Together (LP)
  • D Generation – Queens of A (10-inch)
  • The Darjeeling Limited soundtrack (green LP)
  • Miles Davis – The Prestige 10″ Collection Volume 2 (5×10-inch box set)
  • The Dixie Cups – Chapel of Love (LP)
  • Dom Flemons – What Got Over (10-inch, 1000 copies)
  • Doc & Merle Watson – Ballads from Deep Gap(LP)
  • Justin Townes Earle – Live at Grimey’s (10-inch)
  • Electric Wizard – Time to Die (silver LP)
  • The Everly Brothers – 15 Everly Hits (LP)
  • Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho (6×7-inch box set)
  • Curtis Fuller’s Quintet Featuring Benny Golson – Blues-ette (LP)
  • Charlie Feathers – Charlie Feathers (10-inch singles compilation, 1500 copies)
  • Garbage – single (orange 10-inch)
  • Marvin Gaye – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) / “Once Upon a Time (Featuring Mary Wells) (7-inch)
  • Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto ’76EP (green 10-inch)
  • Joe Gibbs – African Dub: Chapter 2(picture disc LP)
  • Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain (colored LP)
  • Gov’t Mule – Stoned Side of the Mule Volume 2 (live Rolling Stones covers LP, 3500 copies)
  • GWAR – America Must Be Destroyed (45 RPM 2LP, 3000 copies)
  • Herman’s Hermits – Blaze (LP)
  • The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America (purple or white LP)
  • The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever (red LP)
  • I’m Here (A Soundtrack to the Short Film by Spike Jonze) (LP)
  • Islander – Violence & Destruction(white or teal LP, 900 copies)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Flashback (Rarities Collection) (blue 2LP + CD)
  • Jungle Rot – Terror Regime(blue or red LP, 900 copies)
  • Robert Earl Keen – Gringo Honeymoon (LP)
  • Kid Cudi – Satellite Fight: The Journey to the Mother Moon (LP)
  • The Kinks – Kinksize Hits EP (7-inch)
  • The Kinks – Kinksize Session EP (7-inch)
  • The Kinks – “You Really Got Me (Live)” / “Milk Cow Blue (Live)” (7-inch)
  • Alvin Lee – Still on the Road to Freedom (LP, 750 copies)
  • Lees of Memory – “Soft Places Within A Dream II” (7-inch)
  • The Lego Movie Deluxe Soundtrack (picture disc with poster, 2000 copies)
  • Jesse Malin – Hardcore Feeling(10-inch, 500 copies)
  • Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (picture disc)
  • Bob Marley – Bob Marley Interviews: So Much Things to Say (LP)
  • The Mavericks – Mono(LP)
  • Paul McCartney – The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording (LP)
  • Midlake – Live in Denton, TX (LP + DVD)
  • Wes Montgomery ft. the Eddie Higgins Trio – One Night In Indy (LP)
  • Charlie Musselwhite – Stand Back! (LP)
  • Orange is the New Black Original Television Soundtrack (orange and black vinyl)
  • Charlie Parker – The Charlie Parker Story (LP)
  • Dolly Parton – The Grass Is Blue (1999 LP on vinyl for the first time)
  • Path of Resistance – Who Dares Wins (white or green vinyl, 900 copies)
  • Rev. Horton Heat – “It’s a Rave-Up” / “Beer, Write This Song” (red or pink 7-inch, 1850 copies)
  • Steven Price – Fury (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(10-inch)
  • Record Store Day Presents: Trojan Records Rude Boy Rumble(LP)
  • Real Friends – More Acoustic Songs EP (12-inch picture disc, 1500 copies)
  • Run the Jewels – four-song EP (12-inch picture disc, 5000 copies)
  • The Seshen/Lost Midas – Reworked (clear splatter 7-inch)
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd – A Little Something from the Road Volume 1EP (live 10-inch)
  • Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Young Lovers (10-inch)
  • Todd Snider – “Impending Doom” (7-inch, 1,500 copies)
  • Social Distortion – Social Distortion (split-color blue and white vinyl, 1500 copies)
  • St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Live from the Alabama Theater 12″ (Alabama-shaped 12-inch picture disc, 2000 copies)
  • STRFKR – “Astronaut” / “Little Lover” (7-inch, 1000 copies)
  • Tears for Fears – “Shout” / “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (12-inch)
  • Temples – Mesmerise LiveEP (coloured 12-inch, 3000 copies)
  • George Thorogood – George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers (LP)
  • Those Darlins/Diarrhea Planet – Live at Pickathon (split LP)
  • Tove Lo – Truth Serum EP (pink 10-inch)
  • Twin Peaks – single (7-inch)
  • Typhoon – “Prosthetic Love (Piano Version)” (7-inch)
  • Venom – From the Very Depths(LP)
  • The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack Volume 2 (picture disc, 1800 copies)
  • Warzone – Fight for Justice (grey or red LP, 900 copies)
  • Junior Wells – It’s My Life Baby! (LP)
  • When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel – 1926-1936 (3LP)
  • Whiplash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (LP)
  • Wood, Brenton – Oogum Boogum (white LP)
  • Larry Young – In Paris: The O.R.T.F. RecordingsEP (10-inch)
  • Frank Zappa – “200 Motels” (7-inch)
  • The Zombies –R.I.P. (The Lost Album)(LP)