Record Store Day 2013: What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

The dust has settled, along with many contented tone arms, on another Record Store Day and the migraines incurred by shop owners as a result of last minute cutbacks and even later stock arrival are but a memory. As someone for whom RSD is as much about four hours of geeky music queue-based chit chat with like-minded folks as splendid tunes, I'm looking to do a full post-mortem of this phenomenal day. I've previously looked at the mechanics of the event and will be aiming to weigh up people's responses to their experiences with the view from the other side of the counter. I want to shout about the things that were great and ruminate purposefully on the things that weren't. I want your help to put together some serious suggestions about how the day can be developed, as well as gathering together great stories from the day and a gargantuan list of complimentary comments about your local indies. This won't be knee-jerky, it's not going to be grouchy and I certainly don't want to raise any problems without positing some possible solutions. My personal experience revolved around the wonderful staff at Rise Bristol and their culinary partners, Friska Food. Every part of the queuing process was well thought out and the organisation was perfect. The records aren't bad either.

So, what do I want from you? Below are nine and a half questions to which I would love to get lots of answers. If you attended RSD, please either copy and paste to answer below or, if you'd rather be a little less conspicuous, you can email your response to justplayed@hotmail.co.uk

Feel free to add any other information you'd like to offer or simply expand on issues raised. If you didn't go for a particular reason, I'd love to know why. Please send this link to anyone you can think of – let's get as big a response as possible. It would be nice to think the organisers of RSD and the labels involved would like to hear our feedback. Let's give it a whirl.

1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year's event, what would it be and why?

10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it's what RSD is really about after all.

 

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11 thoughts on “Record Store Day 2013: What Kind Of Day Has It Been?

  1. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    5.50am. 9th in queue.

    Attended my local store, Music Mania (Stoke) which is 12 miles from my home.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    Set myself a budget, made a list of ‘wants’ in order of preference, stopped asking for items when I’d spent my budget.

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    JAMC Psychocandy paint splatter vinyl. Just a beautiful pressing, everything that is great about RSD releases. Limited. Desirable. Attractively packaged. Essential independent album.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    Approx once a week, 50times a year.

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    Seeing my local store so busy.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    Obvious punters in the queue there to make a quick buck from sticking stuff up on eBay.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No. Brought a few things as gifts or to trade with friends overseas.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    Overseas pressings, some items missed on the day, but picked up a fair time later.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    Pricing. There is a feeling that releases are over priced on RSD to take advantage of buyers. As example the Bowie picture disc single was the fourth in a series, and cost £12.99, the fifth is issued in June priced £6.99???

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Music Mania (Stoke); service exceptional and brilliant staff. The events they put in place challenged anything that took place in the major cities of the UK, whist remaining local- coffee, breakfast & cookies served to those in the queue. Live music.

  2. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    7:50am – about 8th in queue

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    A few gems that I really wanted and then a couple of unknowns… the gamble. The main criteria was good music to listen to. I got my top 3 wants and a couple of obscure items. Only missed out on one item

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    Can’s Ege Bamyasi by Stephen Malkmus and Friends. A great package, gorgeous vinyl of a band I’ve only recently started listening to seriously, the next best thing to a Can release

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    About once per fortnight – 30 times

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    chatting to folks in the queue outside ahead of walking (half sprinting) into the sweetie shop of goodness

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    not having enough money, tied closely with knowing that much of the vinyl available was picked up by speculators about to be put straight on eBay

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    no… haven’t, wouldn’t, but hate to say it, it is tempting to help fund my real wants.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    yes, picked up 3 items over the last 2 years, one was above RSD price – didn’t like that experience, but 1 was considerably less than RSD price – felt good to know that not all speculators succeed.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    not much… yes, it would be great to let the regulars in first, or to have a qualifying purchase, but actually if we want this to reach out and bring in new custom to our favourite record shops, then it must stay available to all.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Rupert and all the staff at Drift Record Shop, Totnes made this as accessible as possible, there were still great items on the shelves at 3pm in the afternoon (as was proved by my second horde of the day). I loved being able to browse, rather than working off a list and long may the set up here continue.

  3. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    7.40 – About 9th in the queue. Shop about 13 miles away.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    No real aims – was happy to see what was there.

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    Too many to mention.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    Too many!

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    Good crack in the queue and being served tea by the staff while were were waiting.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    People clearly there to buy and Ebay.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    No.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    This was my first RSD and would be more prepared for next time – know what covers to look for etc and not be so hesitant.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Drift Record Shop in Totnes an amazing experience. Did their best to make this a really enjoyable time.

  4. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    8:15am, Davids Music in Letchworth, about 20 mins drive away.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    Limited myself to 3 items (due to budget) and got precisely none of them. Bummer.

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    The Malkmus plays Can album.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    5 or 6, but always spend way too much when I’m there.

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    Kinda hard to answer due to missing out on pretty much all the releases I was after, bumped into a few people I know from other local bands and had a nice chat tho.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    See above. I queued for 3 hours only to miss out on the releases I was after, managed to come away with a couple of 7″s but would have spent a load more cash had the releases not been so limited. On reflection, I should have got there earlier, but I’m not the sort of person who will get up at 5am on a Saturday.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    Heck no.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    No, but am tempted by one or two things going at a not massively inflated price at the moment.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    Not to make the releases so limited. If you can pretty much guarantee selling out a run of 500 – 1000, why not press more to meet demand? The shop I went to missed out on about £40-50 that I was willing to spend had they still had the releases I wanted available, I’m not going to spend £20 on an album I’m not really fussed about just because. Take the Malkmus LP, the shop I visited may have only had 2-3 copies, whereas maybe 20-30 odd people may have been after it. at £20-£25 per copy, thats a hell of a lot of cash that store has missed out on. I understand the appeal of owning one of a handful of limited copies, but if RSD keeps growing in popularity (last year I got there around the same time and only queued for 50 mins) then it makes sense to increase the amount of copies available. Everyones a winner.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    David’s is and has been a fantastic store where i’ve been spending far too much money since I was 13 years old. Great amount of new releases and 2nd hand vinyl, always manage to find something unexpected. Some great in-stores recently as well.

  5. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    7:30am very easy , live close to the best 🙂

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    what every i fancyed realy , some odd ball ones & of course bowie

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    chas and dave rabbit , well it was the only rabbit shaped disk

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    err about 3-4 times a month

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    getting the bowie picture disk

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    not having enought time to stay instore all day

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    definatly not , sell my vinyl i would rather stuff a wasp up my a%$£s

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    Nope , over prices the items

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    more stock to the stores so we dont have to fight our friends on the day 🙂

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    The dirft totnes , always friendly & accomodating , they also served hot tea to us in the street as we waited

  6. 1. Tuesday, 12.30pm, on my lunch at work. 5 minute walk

    2. Artists I like and how much money I had. I couldnt afford everything.

    3. Low/Dirty; 2 good bands, 1 good vinyl

    4. once a fortnight

    5. record shopping

    6. nothing

    7. no

    8. no

    9. Ive heard different shops selling them above the RRP, which doesnt seem on.

    10. Piccadilly.. best shop in Manchester probably; if your in town go there.

  7. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    4:15am – 20th in queue, easy as Rise music is only a couple of miles away

    2. What determined your want list for the day and did you get everything on it?

    Bands I like and how rare they were. I got everything on my want list much to the dismay of my bank balance

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    Caribou and Paul Weller for me. Caribou’s early stuff is excellent and its great to get it on vinyl.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    About every 2 weeks

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    The vibe of the day as well as getting everything on my list!

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    Getting up early!

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    Yes, when I was unable to attend a RSD a few years ago I bought a Paul Weller item that was very limited, it only cost me a few pounds more than it would have any way so it was a good experience. Never look at ebay within a few days of RSD though it just makes you sick.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    There is not much I would change, only if there was a way to weed out the ebayers from the queue!

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Rise music in Bristol, is excellent, knowledgeable staff, cool in store gigs and well organised on the whole. It is a great place.

  8. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    5:15am-Very easy. My local store-Sound it Out Records is a five minute drive away. 9th in the queue.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    Favourite Artists/Songs/Albums being released. Then price in relation to value (both sentimental and value for money) And finally by pressing amounts.

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    Zaireeka by The Flaming Lips. Undoubtedly the reason I got up so early.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    25+

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    The new look of the store (There were major scale renovations that coincided with record store day) The shop doubled in size overnight.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    Some of the items were rather pricey for what you got. Pink Floyd-See Emily Play. The Cream 3LP album.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No. I would never buy something intending to sell it on.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    Yes-I bought The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, The Vaccines Live From London, The Vaccines/R Stevie Moore Split, Jack White Etched Single. They were sold at reasonable/average prices a few months after the event itself.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    A way to keep out the eBayer’s. Which is impossible. But nevertheless-one can dream.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Thank you for a wonderful day Sound it Out!

  9. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?
    Arrived at 6:00. Public transport began around 5:30 so the hard part was getting out of bed. Was about 18th in the queue, which was up to about 300+ by the time the shop opened.
    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?
    Been collecting vinyl for about 40 years and a few old favourites were on the list. Plus my daughter wanted Chas and Dave. Got (almost) everything I wanted – see answer to Q6 for more detail
    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?
    The Cure LP, just a favourite of mine, and looks great on red vinyl. Or the OMD 10”, a beautiful work of art.
    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?
    6
    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?
    Shop had it well organised so once you got in, it was pretty painless. Staff were very good. Mind you, that was at 9:20, they may have become ratty later…
    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?
    Prices. I have contacted RSD organisers about this and they say that prices are down to the shops. But £16 for the Floyd 7” single was simple exploitation. Also £80 for Flaming Lips box at the shop I went to (I didn’t buy it, even though it was the first thing on my list). I understand some shops sold it for £65, so why such a difference. It can only be greed.
    RSD is supposed to promote vinyl, but any occasional buyer would likely be put off by the general prices – £8-£10 for a 7”, £10-£15 for a 12”, and as much as £30 for a single LP!
    As usual, the number of items on eBay, even before the shops opened, was disappointing. Given that many of these were actually being listed by shops, maybe the organisers should do something about it.
    Also, shop staff seem to have creamed off a lot of the best stuff. In the week leading up to RSD, I overheard two staff members in a Glasgow shop discussing which items they would be taking themselves.
    Some of this over-pricing seems to have worked against the shops. The shop I queued at on RSD still had loads of RSD discs a week later, including many of the popular favourites, The Cure, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Flaming Lips, etc. Either they drastically over-ordered, or people just weren’t willing to pay the ridiculous prices. Yesterday (1st May) there were still literally hundreds of RSD items in the shop and they have now started listing them on Amazon to try and get rid of them.
    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)
    Not for that particular purpose. Although some day in the future, all my vinyl will be sold.
    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.
    Not in the immediate post-RSD period. I have bought some items months later, once the prices came down to a realistic level. (The Flaming Lips box from this year is already down to around £50)
    I find it amusing when “spoilers” enter into auctions on RSD. Several copies of the OMD 10” were bid up to well over £500 before it became obvious that these bidders were simply trying to ruin auctions.
    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?
    I would like to see organisers set the prices, or at least to recommend prices, and to publicise these in advance. This would be useful information, and would also curb the blatant profiteering many shops seem to indulge in on RSD.
    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.
    The staff at Love Music in Glasgow arranged for the coffee shop in the nearby railway station to provide coffee for the first 30 people in the queue. The coffee shop went far beyond that, providing a steady stream of coffee from 6:00 to 9:00, and possibly later.
    The shop also provided tea, juice and biscuits for queuers, after they opened.
    They operated a one-out, one-in system which meant the shop didn’t get overly busy and they had enough staff to deal with all those in the shop at any one time.

  10. 1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    10am at Head in Bromley. No must haves this year for me so thought I would take a more leisurely approach. Walked straight in to a rather busy but not manic store. Plenty of stock left.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    As mentioned, no must haves this year, but I was keen to pick up the Caribou vinyl, Pulp 12″ and The Devil’s Business on Death Waltz Records. Got all of them!

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    The long out of print Caribou releases that had previously only been available under the Manitoba moniker.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    Normally a couple of times a month. I work in town so tend to go to Rough Trade or Berwick Street more regularly.

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    Second year of skipping central London. Great stock levels, less crowded and a great atmosphere.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    The stupidly limited runs of some releases. It just encourages the scalpers and real lovers of music miss out.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    Yes but only U.S releases not available here. Pretty painless experience to be honest and I refuse to pay over the odds. The prices come down soon enough if you wait a bit.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    Make it a summer event! It would be warmer.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Head Bromley really caters for music lovers. It has expanded it’s vinyl section and I’d highly recommend it to anyone in south east London.

  11. Whoops! Meant to do this a while ago. Better late than never, maybe?

    1. What time did you arrive and how easy was it for you to attend a participating store?

    Arrival was around 6:45, which is too early to queue up just for a few 10″s. Attendance was easy as I was kindly driven the 20-odd miles to our chosen store.

    2. What determined your wantlist for the day and did you get everything on it?

    My want list was determined by budget (but to a lesser degree than previous years as there was less I wanted) and by buying only the things that I’d want if they were released on any other day of the year.

    3. What was the most exciting release this year and why?

    Previously unavailable on a physical format, Kate Bush’s RUTH 2012 version. Because it was previously unavailable on a physical format.

    4. Approximately how many times have you visited this shop in the previous twelve months?

    Fewer times than I’d like – probably around 5 or 6 times.

    5. What was the highlight of your visit to that shop on RSD13?

    Same as every visit – friendly, enthusiastic staff and a top-quality service.

    6. What was worst thing about RSD13 for you?

    Getting up early. It doesn’t do my morning routine any good, and it seems ridiculous to have to be so early to get something of limited stock which could easily be made readily available, and would be if it were released any other day of the year.

    7. Did you purchase anything to resell? (If so, any details would be appreciated)

    No, I am not a bastard.

    8. Have you ever purchased any RSD stock from eBay? If yes, please expand upon the experience as you see fit.

    No, I don’t endorse bastards.

    9. If you could change one thing about RSD ahead of next year’s event, what would it be and why?

    Just one thing? Tricky, as there’s lots that could be improved on quite easily. Primarily though, I’d say – make it about the stores it’s supposed to be celebrating. Over-priced, limited stock that makes money for labels, screws over the fans, excludes the public and offers little other than b-side “exclusives” doesn’t help get the public to visit the stores at all. Sorry, that might be more than one thing.

    10. Feel free to use this space to say something complimentary about the particular shop you visited – it’s what RSD is really about after all.

    Truck in Oxford were smashing – people were let in in order, in groups and purchases were limited to one per customer of each item. Stock was neatly arranged and easy to find. Exactly what I’d expect as that’s their attitude to selling music the rest of the year. I also visited Rise in Bristol in the afternoon – shamefully, for the first time since they opened Friska and Rise Revival. It’s even better than it was before, which is not something I’d thought possible. We’re very lucky to have such dedicated, enthusiastic teams working such lovely shops and it’s a shame it’s not an experience replicated in other, larger, more well-known stores.

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