This Saturday is Record Store Day, and there is no better way to support local, independent record shops across the region than checking out what they have to offer.
As the resurgence of vinyl is bringing music consumption into a bright new era for absolutely anyone, the demand for the best new music on wax, as well as ownership of the classics and rarities, is rising more than ever – and Record Store Day has long been a vinyl lover’s favourite day and a store’s biggest annual coup.
This year has seen the postponement of Record Store Day on several occasions, but last month it kicked off in a new, dynamic format, spread across three separate dates.
The first was last month, and the second will be this Saturday, September 26, with October 24 to follow. The event’s segmented makeup has been devised to spread out exclusive releases and amplify the benefit for the stores heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On each day, record stores will receive a different bundle of exclusive releases, in what has been called separate ‘RSD Drops’, to bring revenue to the stores, as well as to the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work.
The fun of RSD Drops though is that not every store has everything because these are, after all, limited editions. Stores won’t know what they’ve got until a day or so before, when they open their boxes, so the best way to find out what a store has is to say close to their website and social media and to check out the online store. Some of the limited editions available include Roger Waters with The Wall Live in Berlin; Door, Door, the debut album from Nick Cave’s first band, the Boys Next Door; The Alternate Rumours from Fleetwood Mac, a collection of different takes from early in the recording sessions, a demo, alternate versions and an acoustic duo of Never Going Back Again, all from the 1977 album that swept the world; and The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels Live.
If you’re looking to take part in RSD locally, Geelong has a couple of stores participating in this month’s celebration.
Tourbus Entertainment, at 65 Yarra Street, Geelong, has become the one-stop-shop for vinyl lovers since opening their doors last year. Whether it’s rock and roll rarities, psychedelic classics or hip hop crate favourites, the team at Tourbus has done the legwork in tracking the best and most eclectic collection of wax down – you won’t be finding anything stock-standard here. Think titles like The Chats, Amyl and the Sniffers, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Deftones, The Doors, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Hard-Ons, Interpol, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Megadeth, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Slipknot, The Bennies, and Thom Yorke. You’ll even find many local names in there, including Andrea Robertson and The Kite Machine. Essentially, it’s all the really good shit.
In celebration of Record Store Day this weekend, the team at Tourbus are offering a pretty sweet deal of buy one, get one free on the vinyl they have in store – and anyone that’s ever bought a record before will know that this means big savings! Head on in-store on Saturday from 10am to 5pm to score some ripper wax.
The crew at Gifts for the Geek are also jumping on board for Record Store Day, bringing in a stunning collection of exclusive, limited-edition releases for you to get your mitts on. Located at 153-155 Ryrie Street, Geelong, the doors will be open from 9:30am to 5pm for vinyl lovers to sift through the stock. Due to COVID delays, it’s looking like only half of the stock will arrive in time for Saturday, but confirmed titles to arrive include Tegan & Sara’s Tonight in the Dark, Hootie & The Blowfish’s 2LP Live Nick’s Fat City, Iggy Pop’s Kiss My Blood Live in Paris in 1991, and even Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again baby blue vinyl, among many others.
Prehistoric Sounds (the formally known humble record store Sweet Little Hi-Fi), located in both Warrnambool and Newcomb, will also be involved in the celebrations if you’re keen for some groovy wax. This store is consistently getting new stock in and the range is huge, so there’s no doubt you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. For RSD, it’s unclear what titles they’ll be receiving but keep an eye on their Instagram which is regularly updated with the latest info.
For those of you in Warrnambool, the team at Prehistoric Sounds will be delivering an absolute treat, with local busker and 3WAY FM announcer Anton Cleary performing in-store.
For those of you in Melbourne, it’s still contactless click and collect, home delivery or Australia Post so get ready to put aside a few hours in front of the lappy as you browse some of your favourite indie record stores online. You can find a whole list of stores to support thanks to our friends at Beat Magazine here.
While we may not be able to enjoy the traditional Record Store Day with the parties and bbq’s and discounts that go hand in hand with Record Store Day, the upside to the day is that music collectors have three opportunities to join in the fun with RSD Drops so they can add to their record collections.
Full information and releases are constantly being added to the website at www.recordstoreday.com.au