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Old 03-22-2014, 10:21 PM   #381
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My vinyl scores today:





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Very nice. I need to give that Eagulls a shot.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:32 PM   #383
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Very nice. I need to give that Eagulls a shot.
It rocks (Eagulls).

The Guided By Voices Bee Thousand was more or less a really good score. There's some surface noise, but it is a first pressing and it was only $24 dollars. Copies tend to sell for upwards to $200 on the used market.
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Not that I own it on vinyl, but I would like to support the claim that Eagulls rocks.
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scored this on ebay
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #386
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It's Record Store Day! What did everyone pick up? I grabbed "1984" picture disc by Bowie, the Springsteen and Joy Division releases, the Garbage with Brody Dalle single and "Holding On For Life" by Broken Bells.

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Old 04-19-2014, 03:03 PM   #387
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Have no idea what that Garbage thing is all about but a ton of people were buying it along with the Joy Division EP. I passed on the JD as it's $15 for four songs...could just snag a reissue of one of the albums instead, but I get the point since these are non-album tracks. I wonder if it would have been even more sought after with the Nazi drummer boy cover...

My store, Amoeba Berkeley, had everything on my want list (or I'm assuming they did as I didn't see one of them). I ran into a guy that grabbed the last copy of the Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart reissue and I shed a tear as I noticed someone in line holding the REM boxed set. That was easily the biggest disappointment of the day. With only 2500 copies and some 2000 stores participating in RSD, well, you do the math. I ran right over there the second I got in the door and someone else was sadly thumbing through the REM stuff with a sigh. Multiple people in line mentioned that release before we went in and many expected it to sell out quickly. It's now on eBay for around $150 at the low bid. Ugh.

I did not see the reissue of Big Mama Thornton's Sassy Mama, but I'm certain it was there. The biggest sellers seem to be very limited classic rock act releases, and especially, soul reissues. Many were complaining about the Sam Cooke one being gone.

All in all, it was a fucking madhouse, but I got a ton of vinyl for next to nothing thanks to leftover gift certificates I received from birthdays or $10 for $20 deals.

- The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (My #2 most sought after the REM boxed set. This is the first time this classic has been released on vinyl and with a limited run of only 500 copies. Surprising I snagged one, but then I also found one in the bin at the Rasputin down the street which had a rather paltry selection that included, no joke, at least 20 copies of that awful new Pixies album. Very glad I got this)

Saturday Looks Good To Me - Both of these reissues...not sure either was on vinyl before.

The Zombies - Both of these reissues. A mono compilation of early material and a limited mono run of their masterpiece LP.

Of Montreal - Satanic Panic (10th Anniversary Edition)

Life Without Buildings - I think this is also an anniversary or something and comes with a 7"

Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey (expected this to sell out quickly given the speed that the REM one probably flew off the shelves, but you can probably pick this one up fairly easily weeks after the fact.)



Ultimately, I showed up about a half hour before opening and there was line of probably 150 people. I don't really regret not showing up sooner as the people that snagged the REM box may have arrived at some ungodly hour.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:01 PM   #388
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Cut and pasted from my post on the Steve Hoffman forums:

1. The Flaming Lips - 7 SKIES H3 (listening now, condensing a 24 hour song to 50 minutes seems to work out nicely)
2. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle*
*(not sure I needed another stereo copy of Odessey & Oracle since I own the Big Beat reissue, but got it anyway, but realized it was stereo after I had paid for it... was hoping it was mono) I wanted The Zombies "I Love You" but my store didn't have it. I wonder what was used as a source for the Zombies reissues???

3. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis West of Memphis Soundtrack (my store was giving away free tickets to see Nick Cave in LA with the purchase of this album, but they ran out before I paid for my copy :\ )

4. Joy Division - An Ideal for Living
5. The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest.

Overall I had a really good experience, I typically do anyway. I lined up at 6:30 am and there was the usual quietness with everyone in line because I guess we are all socially awkward record nerds, and it was also 6:30 am. Once people started passing around boxes of donuts and coffee got into everyone's systems we all started chatting and it was nice. By the time my store let people in at 9:45 the line was ridiculously long. Thankfully I got there early. The only thing worse than the line to get in was the line to pay and get out though. I made it.

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Old 04-19-2014, 04:21 PM   #389
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Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything I had wanted. The LCD Soundsystem box I expected to be gone, but I thought I might grab Disclosure's Apollo, Oasis' Supersonic, or the Tame Impala live set.
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Sadly, there was no way I could afford the LCD box unless I sacrificed everything else. $150 is pretty damn steep.

As for REM, I was equally disappointed that I couldn't grab that, or Ghostbusters. As soon as I saw the line though, I knew there was no chance for REM.

I went to Permanent Records in Greenpoint and got on line about an hour beforehand. I nearly missed the Garbage record but I mentioned it off-hand to my brother who remembered seeing it and went back to grab me one.

All in all, I had to sacrifice getting Foals at Royal Albert Hall and The Dresden Dolls, neither of which were a huge loss. My brothers had a pretty good trek as well, though since they focus mostly on metal, the competition wasn't nearly as tough. They grabbed Opeth's Watershed, Slipknot Vol. 3, Notorious B.I.G. and a pretty weird-looking Paramore single, where it looks like the record is broken in half.
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I pondered the Soundgarden Superunknown Singles box set, but I am just going to get the reissued Superunknown.
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and a pretty weird-looking Paramore single, where it looks like the record is broken in half.
I'd like to break Ms. Paramore in half.

Speaking of Foals, I got last year's album via import + shipping for $20 and felt pretty good about myself. Then many months later at Rasputin I noticed a neglected Record Store Day section that had a special edition of the Foals record that was like gold and came with a 7" for the same price. Granted, I got to own my copy a few months before RSD, but that's one of those annoyances that comes with collecting. Usually, you expect to miss out for not doing a preorder soon enough or whatever, so it's kind of irritating when something is re-released for less. Other examples of this are the Raum record from last year which was rereleased in white vinyl after the initial pressing had sold out and was selling for about $35 on Discogs and the Courtney Barnett EP set which was twice the price from her own label (thanks to expensive shipping from Australia) and now has a reissue, ugh.

LCD Soundsystem box probably went faster than even the R.E.M. one. I think its quantities were probably just as limited and it was likely far more sought after in hipster dense areas. Weirdest thing about RSD is that you can get a hand on the great majority of the albums as long as you don't show up too late, but people go mad for the special singles. Personally, I could give a fuck given their high price tag and that I don't even like playing them very much. Perhaps it's where people's wallets come into play (you can get a couple truly special singles for the price of an LP), but I'd rather pay $20-30 for a bunch of albums although I'll admit that my wallet isn't really limited when it comes to purchasing records.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:23 PM   #393
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The frustrating aspect of RSD is the people who buy up only to resell on eBay at an incredibly inflated cost. I passed on the LCD Soundsystem Box Set because other than the high price, I prefer the filmed version of their last show that was released a few years ago.
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I'd rather watch the film and know I'll eventually get around to seeing it. I don't listen to live albums at all (or more than once out of curiosity like I will with the Tame Impala release) and know it's extremely unlikely that I'd get through that LCD box more than once. The R.E.M. set is a slightly different story as it's all acoustic and they're one of my favorite bands ever.

I agree about the resellers. It's an absolute joke. I've heard the R.E.M. was limited to 1,000 copies, but I think the actual number is 2,500. Either way, I counted close to fifty on Discogs/Ebay alone. Even at places like Amoeba where so many people are barging in the doors, being first in line still gives you a few minutes with all of the floor space to yourself mostly. Those sort of people pretty much snag all the super rare items, then grab a few others they can resell before walking out of the door with a fucking truckload of vinyl. So irritating and such an easy pay day. Part of the blame really needs to be placed on the labels for making some of these releases too limited. If the R.E.M. one had been released with double the copies, it still would have sold out most everywhere while satisfying more demand (thus lowering the eBay price) and still accomplishing the goal of getting people into the record stores on that specific day.

I recommend that people don't pay the scalpers. The entire reason these items get snagged up faster and sell for insane markups are because people are willing to pay. I say, just let it go if you can't get it for slightly more than the purchase price or less. Same with concert tickets...it's bad enough that Tickemaster/Live Nation are illegally moving tickets over to their own scalping websites, but everything would be A-OK if people didn't bother to pay those premiums.

For example, Ticketmaster basically lied and said the Rock Hall tickets at like $500 were sold out immediately. The fact of the matter is that they moved virtually all of them to their scalping website figuring the Kiss/Nirvana nuts would go mad buying these things. Instead, Kiss ended up refusing to perform and it was unknown for awhile if Nirvana's members would even attend. The end result? That scalping website ended up taking a hit and selling these tickets for $10. $10 to go to that arena and see performances by Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Nirvana and Bruce & The E-Street Band. Obviously, who knows what might have happened had Kiss wanted to perform, but it's an example of how people can screw over these greedy assholes. If you can't get it, just ignore it. Eventually, the resellers will have no choice but to sell things around or below face value in order to not take a big loss on the product. It's all these richies that don't give a fuck that will drop $5,000 on U2 floor tickets and fuck everybody over.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:40 PM   #395
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One more record store day tip. If you have access to smaller stores, by all means hit them first. I found out after the fact that a store I didn't even know existed in Oakland had opened up at 8 AM (three hours before Amoeba). They gave out free coffee/doughnuts, had a free signing from a current member of The Stooges, automatically entered the first 100 to walk through the door into a contest for a signed Green Day test pressing...and when all was said and done, had an incredible fill including that R.E.M. box set (and their Facebook had a picture of a whopping five people in line right before 8 AM). Basically, everyone and their mother goes to the bigger stores instead while these smaller ones aren't full of pushing/shoving and might have exactly what you need. No doubt in my mind that the copy or two they had of the R.E.M. set was probably there much later than five minutes after opening like everywhere else. Next year, I know where I'll be headed.

Also, to clarify, the Zombies release I purchased is the Record Store Day one and it's the original stereo mix, I guess. It's one of my favorite albums and there's usually other reissues of it in the stores, but I figured there'd be some extra care put into this one and it's more "limited"...concerning the other Zombies release, I Love You, my store had quite a few extra copies of it lying around although they're probably all gone now. Just one of those things where your area/store can affect what you get access to depending on what the buyers want and what the retailer was willing to order...obviously, Amoeba shoppers are pretty lucky as they're the main sponsor of RSD and probably have all of the major releases in their store at the beginning of the morning.
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The Zombies reissue that came out today of Odessey and Oracle sounds really great.
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Man, the Black Angels 7 song album is great.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:07 PM   #398
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The Vinyl Thread

Managed to snag the Banks remix EP, the Disclosure single, and my #1 want, the Paranorman score. Struck out on the Ghostbusters single unfortunately, but three out of my four wants isn't terrible. Waterloo was a complete clusterfuck, and I'm pretty much over RSD. It's too much of a hassle. Went to a smaller store in my neighborhood afterwards with a line of only twenty people which is where I was able to snag Paranorman. They didn't get in Ghostbusters, but that's definitely the route I'm going in the future. The big name stores are just too much bullshit. I can't even imagine how bad Amoeba was.
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Silver Platters has always been relatively calm, but not so much this year.

Getting in line early doesn't help much because the bins are in three different areas.

Wish I had known you were looking for Ghostbusters, Imps. I could've snagged you a copy.

I got Tame Impala, Disclosure, and Cut Copy, which were the main three I was aiming for. Got very lucky to snag one of only two copies of LCD, which is going to Cobbler.

Sort if regret not grabbing Joy Division but oh well.
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The most retarded release in terms of the concept had to be that Green Day collection. It's demos from their awful recent crop of albums, but the reason why it was the lamest thing out there (other than Indie Cindy, of course) is that we had people in line specifically trying to get that, yet there turned out to be so many copies of the thing that they kept replenishing the overhead section with them (there were maybe like two other releases that had the same thing happen). I dunno about you, but I'd be kind of annoyed if I went through the hassle and found that there were dozens of the item and they were priced at a rather high $35. It beats missing out on what you want, obviously, but it sort of defeats the purpose of being an exclusive when it will likely be in the bins months from now.

Also, bewilderingly, I guess there's people that collect Dave Matthews Band RSD releases? It's 2014. I guess whatever the hell it was happens to be rather rare, but I saw like a dozen people carrying the damn thing. Really?

Oh, and the other big surprise, Grateful Dead. Seriously. Tons of people carrying some live album and other assorted stuff that said Jerry Garcia on them, I believe. I get that they have a large, extremely devoted fan base, but a lot of these buyers were kids in their early 20's and I'm not sure what exactly made these releases that much more important than the other 51,000 live albums they have floating around. Each to their own, I guess. And American Beauty is awesome.
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