My [rather belated] Record Store Day Haul
Although I’m a proud music lover, I’m not ashamed to say that I didn’t actually set foot in a record store on Record Store Day. There are several reasons for this, but the main two are as follows: 1. As a music fan, I don’t really need an excuse to visit a record store, and I’d prefer to visit them on a day where they’d be less crowded; and 2. I have very little self control – send me into a record shop on a day where there are a heap of super awesome exclusive releases, and I will try to buy them all, even though I can’t afford it.
That said, I think Record Store Day is excellent, and I’m so glad that it exists. Not only because it gives people an excuse to support their local music retailers, but also for the brilliant releases that certain bands make just for the occasion.
So, although I didn’t walk into a physical shop, I still made the most of RSD – and my haul was completed last week when my copy of Garbage and Screaming Trees’ “Because the Night” arrived in the mail. After hearing reports that Polyester Music had sold out, I ended up ordering the vinyl from a UK retailer. I wish that I’d waited, because a couple of weeks later Garbage announced that they’d be selling signed copies through their website – but it was too late for me to cancel my order, and I really couldn’t justify buying it twice.
The other two singles were picked up by Glenn at the Record Store Day pop-up store at Coachella. I didn’t know that they were going to have a record store set up at the music festival just for the day [or do they always have one? I don’t know], but apparently that’s something that they do at Coachella. Damn, I wish I could have been there. But anyway, he bought me Biffy Clyro’s special RSD release of “Black Chandelier”, as well as the 7″ of “Blood for Poppies” by Garbage.