My plan for this year's Record Store Day was the same as last year -- get to the store just as the doors have opened in hopes of slipping in, grabbing what I want, and getting out. This year though, I learned via Twitter that a line was already forming outside my local store an hour before the doors were to open. A quick shower and a five minute drive later, I was in line outside the store -- maybe twenty people back.
Before going any further, I need to point out two things:
1. Almost everyone in line (including myself) looked the same: male, slightly to completely unshaven face, sporting a hoodie of some sort, and having little interest in conversation with others in line.
2. I hate crowds. Widespread crowds I can handle, but large crowds in small spaces are far from my favorite thing.
The doors opened and in we went. A large crowd into a small space.
Moving along at a snail's pace, I was able to find the three things on my shopping list -- seven inch releases from Justin Townes Earle, the Black Angels, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. After paying and grabbing a pretty good load of free stuff, I was back to my car within twenty minutes of the store opening (more than I can say for my brother's two-hour experience in St. Louis).
So was it worth it?
Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now / Sneaky Feelings
Justin is probably still my favorite artist of the past few years. Bought this, of course, for the B-side cover of Elvis Costello. Awesome. Just awesome.
Black Angels - Watch Out Boy / I'd Rather Be Lonely
Their style has changed somewhat over the past year or so. Not quite the music to listen to while "having sex at a funeral" (as I once heard it described), but still worth the purchase. Cool orange vinyl, too.
You Be Illin' - Performed by Carolina Chocolate Drops / Run DMC
Original Run DMC version? Always a classic. The Carolina Chocolate Drops cover? A giant piece of crap that sounds like it was thrown together in about the time it took to record it. You can currently find my copy on eBay.