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Published on April 18th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Are You Ready for Record Store Day?

Just one more sleep until Record Store Day 2014, the time when music lovers show their support of sellers of physical music all across the planet.

I, sadly, am unable to be involved this year.  There are no participating stores here in the island of Mauritius, although the RSD store locator helpfully points out the nearest place:  Multi-Racial Records in Pretoria, South Africa, a mere 3,058.2 kilometres–love that precision!–from my current location.  If I were at home, however, here’s a list of spots around Toronto I’d be haunting.

Two items for your consideration:

1.  Why Vinyl is Still Important: An opinion piece from The Music.com.au in which the author makes a case for the continuing resurrection of vinyl.

2. Is Record Store Day in Crisis? An investigation by The Quietus which postulates that the event has gotten out of hand and might actually be a danger to itself.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to Are You Ready for Record Store Day?

  1. Gerald says:

    Well Record Store Day has come and gone. My daughter (15) and I started our day at Sunrise (Yonge and Bloor) and by 10 a.m. were at our fourth record store (only in our third as Sonic Boom only opens at 11 I found out).

    I will start with the few disappointments: I was told the REM release (Unplugged Sessions – 4 discs!) was US only; I could not find the American Authors/Mowglis double sided “In A Big Country”; or the Cure/Dinosaur Jr “Just LIke Heaven”.

    I am not going to go through all my purchases here but my highlights “American Beauty” from Springsteen (I am junkie); “Meltdown With The Ramones” limited addition (5000) numbered release; Joy Division “An Ideal For Living”.

    David Bowie has been releasing a series of 40th anniversary picture discs on RSD he released “1984” in North America but “Rock N Roll Suicide” every where else. Well one of my daughter’s friends in the UK ensured my collection is still complete.

    But the biggest score was “Coldplay” – Midnight. I was not supposed to released as the pressing was defective. One side was pressed totally blank and did not have the white coloring in the skies and the whales. Well one of my stops had two copies of it …I now own one. I could be wrong but I think this is going to be vinyl with value some day.

    For the record I would have bought Coldplay regardless I am a fan. I was fortunate to get the Mylo Xyloto comic book last year.

  2. markosaar says:

    Friend was at that Sunrise when they opened and apparently they had all of two copies of the Joy Division:

    I would have liked to have grabbed Just Like Heaven but whatever, I have both versions on CD and the 7″ is too impractical to actually play. I need to stop buying things just to have.

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