Re: Record Store Day: The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle
Apr 17, 2011, 18:44
Interesting to see people's thoughts on this.
I went into Soho to the shops I usually go to and it was a damp squib on the whole. Just like a normal day except busier with a ton of added overpriced vinyl. I mean who really wants to pay £24.99 for the 4th or 5th re-release of a pretty widely available album? Not everyone who uses these shops buys vinyl - where are the CD releases? The amount of the RSD "exclusives" on majors also detracts pretty seriously from the whole independent ethos of the exercise. Of course it's great to see these shops busy but one day a year as an opportunity for a bunch of eBay sharks to cash in just doesn't do it for me.
I've got to give respect to Phonica Records who had DJ and live sets and made proper effort to make it a special day - I realise it must be hard for some shops to be motivated as the decline continues but you've got to make this day an event if you want the regular customers to get excited as well. I gather Rough Trade did a good job in this respect too and of course, realise my experience is limited to a few localised shops. I know quite a few places were doing an across the board 10-15% off which is obviously great.
I'm really looking forward to this http://independentlabelmarket.tumblr.com/ although it's clearly more about supporting labels than shops, it looks like it's going to be more of an actual event.