Tomorrow is the Sixth Annual Record Store Day. Created back in 2008, with Metallica as Ambassadors, the premise was and I suppose is to recognize the Mom & Pop Record Shops which have served over the years to introduce new tunes & bands into the hearts and lives of music fans worldwide. Yes, this is an international celebration on the third Saturday of April. Many people enjoy the idea of keeping the dream of vinyl alive. For a small segment, however, Record Store Day has already turned into a giant cesspool of Capitalistic greed! Where store owners unwillingly have to put up with thieves and vagrants clamoring for those limited edition prints in hopes of doubling, tripling, quadrupling or more their initial "investment" on a record by reselling it on Ebay or Craigslist. They, the few righteous ones, are already fed up with this "Holiday" though all agree it's important to venture into record stores and allow yourself to be turned on to new sounds. But I digress, as I shall be filming all day, I do sincerely hope I'm able to get out and put my preverbal money where my mouth is! With that, here's a quick breakdown of some of the few (but not limited to) records stores in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area whom shall be participating in Record Store Day (affectionately known as RSD for the rest of this writing)!
I cannot say for certain but it has been quite some time since there's been a Record Store in Downtown KC, save for finding vinyl on sale out of cars in the River Market over the weekends or inside the giant antique mall, so when I heard about Barnyard Orbit in the West Bottoms a little shot of pride crossed my heart. Orbit's found inside of Rag & Bone at 1412 West 12th Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music kicking up at 1 p.m.
39th Street has become the pseudo de facto home for vinyl shops. Not only does Prospero's Books house vinyl but there's also Vinyl Renaissance & Audio. These guys will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the past I've stumbled in on RSD and found Ken Janikowski of The Republic Tigers strumming away solo style, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's live music again this year. I feel like they set up the live jam next door, though I could be wrong. There is also a Vinyl Renaissance in Downtown OP which will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. I'd be remised if I didn't point out there's an old house converted into a retail store on 39th Street, who sells vinyl, and from what I've gathered will be participating in RSD. I should warn you the proprietors of this establishment are incredible dicks and music snobs. Be warned they'll make you feel like a nincompoop just for asking simple questions. My advice is to skip this joint altogether.
As we continue a skosh southeast into Kansas City, from 39th Street, you'll find It's a Beautiful Day off Broadway. They're participating in Record Store Day though they're not putting out any limited addition vinyl prints, but they'll still have their super friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist you in any of your buys. They'll be open normal business hours, which I believe, is 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mill's Record Company is probably the smallest space you'll find yourself wandering into. Off Westport Road they've done a great job capitalizing on vinyl's resurgence and the local scene in KC. They plan on making a BIG ASS day out of RSD. Opening at 8:00 a.m. and staying open till 9:00 p.m. complete with bands.
For the most part the Mom & Pop Record shops have died out in the Burbs, sorta like everything else out there. A man's dreams, bright colors, the ability to think for one's self. Oh yes, the suburbs; land of bland and beige but HEY, there's great schools and the kids are safe, right?! Sorry-notsorry-I don't have a great affinity for suburbia. That being said, Vintage Stock is pretty much the only thing out there to rescue those poor middle and high school kids just waiting desperately to leave home. From what I've gathered in Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Overland Park, Liberty and everywhere else a Vintage Stock is found their hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Finally, if you're out in Lawrence check out Love Garden Sounds, opened from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. I've rolled in before with my girl and walked out all smiles after scoring a fuck-ton of vinyl and $1 CD's!
Now that we've covered where, let's talk about what! Depending on your style and taste there's a lot of limited addition music coming out for you to get your hands on. Here's just a few that piqued my interest. All are 12" Vinyl unless noted:
The Allman Brothers - Selections from: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992
Big Mama Thornton - Sassy Mama
Clutch/Lionize - Run, John Barelycorn, Run/Ether Madness 7" Vinyl
Creedence Clearwater Revival - The 1969 Singles 10" Vinyl
Devo/The Flaming Lips - Side By Side Series 7" Vinyl
The Doors - Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine
Green Day - Demolicious
Ice T - Greatest Hits
Jay-Z/Linkin Park - Collision Course
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
Mastodon - Live at Brixton
Motorhead - Afterschock
Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself And Want to Die 7" Vinyl
Off! - Learn to Obey 7" Vinyl
Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes - Live at the Greek
The Pogues Live with Joe Strummer
The Ramones - Meltdown the The Ramones 10" Vinyl
Slipknot - Vol. 3
Soundgarden - Superunknown: The Singles
Type O Negative - Slow, Deep and Hard
The Folk Box 50th Anniversary
Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day (Volume 1)
Link Wray - Slinky/Rendezvous 7" Vinyl
The Yardbirds - Little Games
Frank Zappa - Don't Eat the Yellow Snow/Down in De Dew 7" Vinyl
Like I said, this is just a partial list of albums that caught my attention. For a complete rundown of jams and locations check out here -> www.recordstoreday.com
If you don't score any limited edition discs, so what. Who cares? Most importantly is that you get out, waltzed into a Record Store, spend a little time scouring over old or new album covers until you're able to find that gem you've always wanted to add to your collection. What if you don't have a collection? Don't you think Record Store Day is a great place to start? And if you were wondering who this year's Global Ambassador is for Record Store Day? Mother Fucking Chuck D, baby!