This past Saturday was the third annual Record Store Day, a highly anticipated event for Drew and something that I more or less enjoy. I had to work Saturday morning, but was able to meet Drew in the line to get into Music Saves, one of the independently owned stores on Waterloo Rd. near the Beachland. The line more than doubled in length while we were waiting and by the time we were done shopping and had checked out, there was still a decent line of people waiting to get into the store.
My haul is (mostly) pictured above & breaks down as follows:
- Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding split 7”
- Thermals/Cribs split 7”
- Surfer Blood/Holiday Shores split 7”
- Built to Spill 7”
- Superchunk 7”
- Let’s Wrestle/The Love Language split 7”
- Unusual Animals vol. 1 (Asthmatic Kitty split 7”, free in my grab bag!)
- Music Saves loaded me up with additional free goodies including stickers, a Helper T-Cells CD, a Sufjan Stevens comic book, Cleveland postcards, & the center from a copy of the new Hold Steady album, which was pressed here in Cleveland (this will probably become a coaster)
- USED a copy of the Barbarians’ “Moulty” 7” from the Blue Arrow (also on Waterloo)
- USED VIA MAILORDER The Softies’ “Love Seat” 7”, Best Coast “Make You Mine” 7”, Skatterbrain’s CD-R comp If You Like Everything, There’s Nothing Left to Love!
I think that’s everything…
The Blue Arrow and Music Saves put on a joint series of shows featuring local bands Prisoners (this was Drew’s third show playing with them), The Muttering Retreats, Tastycakes, The Very Knees, and Cloud Nothings. I think I caught a little bit (or all) of everyone’s sets (with the exception of the Muttering Retreats.) Cloud Nothings were a lot of fun (they played my favorite song of theirs & staple of this year’s summer jams, “Can’t Stay Awake”) & so were Prisoners (who will be apparently playing a ton of shows in the coming months, so I guess I can look forward to Drew never moving his amplifier out of our living space.)
Maybe it’s the Ladypalooza stuff going on over at Tiger Beatdown, but lately I feel as though I have been hyper conscious of the way my gender informs the experiences I have out and about in the “real world” as it relates to music. “Sexist Encounters with Music Snobs” have become an institution in my journal (dudes who work at Guitar Center who tell me, “If you just practice hard enough, even you could be in a band!,” record store clerks who I assume that I basically exist as Drew’s mobile record holder, people who ask me if I am a “groupie”), but I feel like lately I’ve been hyper aware of positioning myself as a female within record culture and wondering what that means in a larger context. This is all a very long way of saying that waiting in line on Record Store Day, I was subject to some conversations that totally helped me to understand why my girl friends don’t want to go to the record store with me or go to shows or even talk about music in a way that is more meaningful than, “Oh yeah, I really like that song.”
I found myself having a sort of on the street existential crisis because I became totally paranoid about whether or not I was one of Those Elitist Record People who talked about things like having rare Deerhunter singles (FULL DISCLOSURE: I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO DEERHUNTER IS!) I heard a lot of people talking about their music blogs in ways that both made me both ashamed of having a music blog and proud of myself for never talking about it in real life (which is kind of weird, I mean, why should I be proud of myself for not sharing something?)
Ultimately, I have some mixed feelings about Record Store Day. I say it all the time, but community is one of the main things that drew me into an ongoing appreciation of music & while I love that Record Store Day, in many ways, helps to foster a sense of community by getting people to go out and support independently owned stores (& from what I hear, people in Cleveland showed a lot of support), I don’t get a sense of community from listening to people brag about who has what (I mean, we might as well just get it out there, my ability to collect records is a direct product of my class privilege) or seeing people re-sell Record Store Day releases on eBay (Blur’s ONE SIDED 7” is selling for upwards of $100 on the auction market — over $100 for JUST ONE SONG).
All that said, I would more or less call Record Store Day 2010 a success.