Record Store Day 2015 worked out a bit differently than it typically has in the past for me. There did end up being several things I wanted, so I decided to line up nice and early as I have previous years. I was out on the Friday before until about 10:30. As I was planning on being in line by about 2:30 or 3:00am anyway, I just decided to skip out on the few hours sleep and drive right down to Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. I arrived at 11:00pm the Friday night before Record Store Day.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I was complete shocked. There were already about 50 people in line ten hours before the store was scheduled to open at 8:00am the next day. From a quick scan of the crowd and my superhuman ability to determine bad music at a distance, I can tell you for sure that everyone was there for that god damn Brand New record. I had said many times in the preceding weeks that I knew that stupid record was going to make Record Store Day too much trouble.
I am absolutely willing to put in my time to get the records I want. Never once have I ever complained about Record Store Day or the fight to get what you want. All part of the day if you're up to participate. But what I'm not willing to do is sit in front of a record store for ten hours 50 people back. There's no way to know if I would get the records I want. I'm sure most of the crowd in front of me wasn't after what I was, but I was not willing to sit there that long and put that much of my time into it. So without even getting out of my car, I just pulled back out of the parking lot and went home.
The following morning was spent trolling vinyl message boards, watching eBay and doing everything possible to wheel and deal to get the records I wanted without paying through the nose. Then later on in the day I went back down to Vintage Vinyl and was able to pick up a couple of the lesser in demand records that I had correctly assumed would still be hanging around after the initial flurry. All in all I managed to track down every record that I wanted with the exception of one. I ended up spending a grand total of $18 more than retail for all of the records combined to accommodate postage and a one record being a few dollars more on eBay.
The only record I wasn't able to find and still haven't gotten is the Against Me 7" that was released. It's on eBay for around $30 but I'm not willing to drop that on a 7", at least not right now. Especially since it's just two versions of the same song that's already on the last full length. So if anyone happens to have one or knows of anywhere to get one and want's to sell at a low price or trade it to me, please get in touch. Starting Monday I'll be posting reviews of this year's record store day haul. A good amount of money was spent, but I also did get a few pretty great records.