I have bought records since 1962 when I was 10. My first record purchase was a 45 r.pm. single, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. I bought that single at the record department at the 5&10 downtown Norwalk, Ct. The H.L. Green 5&10 record department was a mixture of 45 r.p.m. and vinyl records.
I have built a large music collection since then…
Roll ahead now 50 years to Record Store Day, Black Friday 2012. My son and I headed out together as we love to support the record stores and Record Store Day. Today’s shopping excursion consisted of two participating stores.
Friday November 23, 2012 will be the third annual Record Store Day Black Friday edition. The Record Store Day Black Friday event has increased in value, focus and record label/artist participation every year. It’s a smart way to anchor and highlight music buying for the holiday shopping season.
The list of unique and limited numbered record vinyl is available on the Record Store Day Web site. The list document is a downloadable/printable PDF or Web page listing. I find having the hard copy list with me in the store adds to the fun of finding the vinyl treasures you seek.
Record Store Day Black Friday is a tough day for me. My favorite record store in New Haven closed this past year, Cutler’s Record Shop. Phil Cutler always had an extensive vinyl inventory for Record Store Day. I will have to find another Connecticut record store who supports this Record Store Day event in abundance and choice. Otherwise I will make a trip to New York City and the Greenwich Village/West Village record stores. I like to spend the day with my son record shopping that day so that may end up being the plan 😉
Here are a few vinyl highlights that have caught my interest so far, lots to study and check out, cool! I expect more specialty vinyl to be announced as we get closer to the event day.
1) Beach BoysSurfin’ Safari, 10″ 180 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve with their first ever single, and their latest single
Checking in on the release date of the Music for Occupy social activist recording. It will be a major voice for the Occupy movement. I’m eager to hear its songs resonating on the streets from loudspeaker systems as it plays across the world for Occupy.
The latest information is that there will be a record release party in New York City soon. If you subscribe to Music For Occupy and add your name to their mailing list, you will learn more about how you can be considered for the record release party.
The album cover art for Occupy This Album has been chosen. It’s an original art drawing by Matt Pless one of the music artists featured on the recording.
Easter 2011 has come and gone. My Lenten promise was not to buy any new music recordings. If you know me at all, I trust you’ll agree that was not an easy 40 day sacrifice for me. I buy 70+ recordings a year between CD, vinyl and digital download 😉 I was only able to honor Record Store Day 2011 in principle, not practice. This was the biggest Record Store Day yet!
I am looking at my short list for what recording I should buy first. My short list of recordings includes:
Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What? (We are scheduled to see him at MGM Foxwoods on May 29)
My next step is to give each of these a listen on Microsoft Zune. The beauty of a Microsoft Zune subscription is that I can listen to any recording available on Zune. Each month I get to download 10 tracks free. So it’s time to start listening and making a selection 😉 Teeing up Paul Simon first…