This past Saturday was National Record Store Day. My wife, son, and parents made it out to Amoeba Music in Hollywood to mark the occasion. This year, 2010, was the 3rd National Record Store Day (NRSD.) What’s NRSD? According to the founders, its “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. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.”
Amoeba music was a mad house chock full of people at the moment it opened at 10:30am. I didn’t know where to look and people were frantically following workers who were still unboxing limited release items. I was looking for the John Lennon “singles bag” but couldn’t find a copy. I quickly found that people were hoarding multiple copies of albums and were using them to barter for other records they hadn’t yet acquired. Yes, it was that crazy. Eventually some dude gave up his copy of the Lennon singles bag to me. Score! I also ended up buying, Rage Against the Machine’s 10″ EP of “People of The Sun,” a couple of Steely Dan Records, James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” on reel tape, Coheed and Cambria’s – Guns Of Summer 7″ Picture Disc . They also gave out bags full of promo items from a plethura of artists.
All in all, it was a great experience to see so many people under one roof supporting artists. It was even better to see that the majority of shoppers were there for the same reason I was, vinyl records. I’ve been collecting records for about 13 years now and have never seen an excitement for a medium that’s era has passed us by. Records virtually died off when I was a kid and stayed alive because of DJ’s that wouldn’t let them die. Records might stay as a niche market but its one who’s followers will always support its continued existence by continuing to buy up old albums and discovering new ones. I stand with all those vinyl lovers out there and will continue to support my local record store or even drive far to find that rare record. If you’re the least bit curious about records, I say fulfill that curiosity. Buy a turntable, receiver, and some records. Take them for a spin and you’ll quickly discover the lush rich sound you’ve been missing.