Record Store Day

Record Store Day

OK, so I may or may not have just listened to The Ride of the Valkyries to psych myself up for Record Store Day. Is that crazy? It is, isn’t it.

Whatever, I’m excited.

I’m especially excited because tomorrow will be my first trip to the new BK Music in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, just across the James River from where I live. It wouldn’t have felt like Record Store Day without BK, so I’m thrilled that the new store came together so quickly after it was forced to close its Midlothian Turnpike location in February. I’m somewhat tempted to tell you the wrong opening time so bandmate 4eva Doug and I can get closer to the front of the line, but I’ll do the honorable thing and tell you they open at 9 a.m., and you can bet I’ll be there. And then at Steady Sounds. And Plan 9. And Deep Groove. And Monument City. And then I’ll probably take a nap, because fiscal recklessness can be exhausting.

You can check out the full list of releases here. In a fit of uncharacteristic organization, I compiled my own list of the stuff I’ll be gunning for, and I split it up into 3 categories: Want, Need, and Exigent. Here’s how it breaks down:


The Allman Brothers — Selections From: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992
Charles Bradley — I Hope You Find the Good Life
Dan Croll — Hello My Baby 10-inch
Death Cab For Cutie Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra — Live 2012
Dessa — Castor the Twin
Fun. — Point and Light 10-inch
LCD Soundsystem — The Long Goodbye
William Onyeabor — What?!


Doug Paisley — “Growing Souls” 7-inch
Outkast — Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Villagers — “Occupy Your Mind” 7-inch


Drive-By Truckers — Dragon Pants EP
Donny Hathaway — Live at the Bitter End 1971
Hamilton Leithauser — “Alexandra” 7-inch

I should come clean and admit that I didn’t know what “exigent” meant before working on this post, and I’m still not sure I’m using it correctly, but I’m really hoping those last three will be spinning at YHT headquarters before tomorrow’s all said and done. Especially the Donny Hathaway — I have two Donny live records, and they’re both incredible, and even though I think one of them might have some of the same material as what’s being released tomorrow, I don’t care one bit. The more live Hathaway, the better. Besides, BK’s new address is 2833A Hathaway Road. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

I just love the smell of limited edition vinyl in the morning, don’t you?

Donny Hathaway — “Jealous Guy” (John Lennon cover) [Spotify/iTunes]

One thought on “Record Store Day

  1. Have a blast, man! I’ll be supporting a record store in Great Barrington, MA. I don’t know what LTD stuff they’ll have but not particularly concerned. As Woody Allen said, “90% of success is just showing up.” And if the Allman Bros. album doesn’t have Nobody Knows on it, I’d reconsider!

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