Sunday, April 18, 2010
Happy Record Store Day
Once a year in the spring, there's this thing called Record Store Day, and you're supposed to go to your local record store and spend money. Bands and labels put out limited edition vinyl releases to mark the occasion, and the stores offer freebies and special promotions.
It's been noted that the day is roughly equivalent to Christmas and Easter for Catholics - everyone goes to church on those days because you're supposed to. But the hardcores are going every week, and the really sick ones are going every few days.
As a dedicated collector and DJ, it's less my Christmas and more my Black Friday. The best thing about RSD is the stores save up their killer used stock for a couple of weeks and blow it all out on one day. That photo up top is my haul for RSD2010 -- most of which i picked up used.
Funkadelic's classic Standing on the Verge of Getting it On on the right, Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two on the left. Love the tribute to the old P-funk cover art style.
Much love for Africa: Mulatu Astatke's new one with the Either/Orchestra, the first Soweto comp on Strut Records, the latest Madlib Medicine Show joint (Beat Konducta in Africa) and a 3xLP compilation of 1970s Afrobeat. If you come to my next DJ night, you're going to get a huge dose of Mama Kush in your earhole.
A set of Stevie Wonder covers by Yesterday's New Quintet (which is basically Madlib doing everything on analog instruments). I've been looking for this record for years since it came out, but it has eluded me until yesterday. I'm listening to it right now and it's dope.
The Horace Silver live album is signed, in ball-point pen: "To Rofiki, Sincerely, Horace Silver".
I spent ten minutes digging in the 45 bins and I found this gem on the left, Gwen McCrae's "Rockin' Chair" b/w "It Keeps on Raining." On the right is a Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 45 they were handing out as a freebie. Bonus!