The 2nd installment in my visiting a record store posts. While I would like to get out to record stores more often than I do, frankly I just do way more mailorder these days. So many labels have exclusive versions of their records only available directly from them, and as much as I like supporting the record stores, I also like to support bands and labels as directly as possible. In an ideal world I'd split my time 50/50, but times have changed since I was young.
Anyway, Vintage Vinyl is a store I am very familiar with. I've been coming here since the mid 90's. It was one of those stores that commanded a special trip since it was about an hour away from where I lived at the time. By far the biggest store in the area, plus they had some pretty smart buyers, so you'd always find something unexpected in the racks. It's a pretty good mix of vinyl & CDs. Old stuff, punk stuff, indie stuff and from what I gather a pretty impressive metal section, though that's not really my bag. Big enough to cover all genres, but smart enough to stock good records in every section.
The Record Store Day 2012 releases were pretty underwhelming this year, so for the 1st time in 3 years, I didn't line up early in the morning before the store opened. I wandered in around 11:30 in the morning and only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes. Went up to the counter and sure enough, they had 2 of the 3 records I wanted. Picked up the Little Richard LP and the Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin split 7" (both will have their own posts in the next couple of days). After that I dug around for a bit, but didn't come across anything else that was worth picking up that day. I did, however, take a fascinating picture of the CD section inside. At least on this day, there was no one there; everyone wanted vinyl!
This wasn't the only store I stopped at on Record Store Day, but it was the one I went to explicitly for RSD releases. I also went to another old time favorite, but I'll post about that next week so I have a few days to post about records.