Record Store Day 2015: Final News!
Record Store Day (hereafter RSD) always bums me out. We live in a smaller city that’s a minimum of 2 hours equidistant from any more major center that would have a shop that participates in all the awesomeness. Since it’s highly unlikely I’d be able to make the trip to any of those places (I don’t get out much), I have to rely on the internets and hope.
This year, I wanted one thing: Metallica’s No Life ‘Til Leather demo cassette re-release. Why in hell would I want a cassette? Nostalgia, mostly. Also, I do still have a cassette player, so I could rock it up if I got a copy! Plus, Metallica, so just by default it’d be AWESOME.
Alas, as noted, I could not physically get to a shop to get one. I even emailed Mike’s old store (knowing they were participating), to see if they could send me one. It was on their list of requested items for the day, but they couldn’t guarantee they were even going to get them in – they would receive what they’d receive and that was it. Also, even if they did get them in for RSD, they could not set one aside for me – they couldn’t take internet orders, these were in-store only for RSD. I understand that, I really do. If I lived in that town, I’d be there myself, and I’d be miffed if an internet order took a last copy away from me! The whole point of RSD is to get out to your local independent record shop in person and support them.
To their credit, they did say that if there were any left over, they would try to send me one after RSD, but that seemed a highly unlikely scenario. It would sell out, surely. Still, it was a shot in the dark – I had to try.
Later, a couple of people sent me a link to Metallica’s web site, where the band were going to be selling them for people who couldn’t get out to a record store – people like me! I followed the link post-haste, and the page wouldn’t load. I tried again, and it was already sold out. Mike tried too – same thing. I later found out that the web site copies sold out in an hour. Another strike-out.
RSD came and went. That very evening, I headed to the Discogs to see if people were already posting them… and they were! But they were already $30-$90! Seriously, the cheapest was $30, and this was the dayof the sale! I get that they were limited to 10,000 copies worldwide, and there are A LOT of Metallica fans out there, but I don’t know anyone who would pay $30 for a cassette, collectible or not.
I resigned myself to never getting a copy. Sad, but not the end of the world, I guess.
The very next day, I came home from grocery shopping to an email that thrilled me: Mike’s old store had a copy left over, they’d saved my email and remembered my request, and arrangements are being made for them to send it to me! I AM GETTING THE METALLICA TAPE AFTER ALL!
Freakin’ amazing. I’m a lucky guy!
An email from Mike indicated that there had been a Sloan EP as part of RSD this year too. Holy crap! I’d had no idea! Now, I think it’s fairly well-known in these parts that I am a major Sloan fan, and so the news of this EP, on translucent green vinyl no less, filled me with glee! Turns out it was limited to 1000 copies, too.
But as I’ve noted, I couldn’t get to a store for RSD, and besides, I didn’t find out about it until after it was already over. I once again resigned myself to not getting one.
Figuring I’d find the same high prices on it as I had with the Metallica tape and therefore wouldn’t be getting one. But I was wrong! I found a seller in the States who had a very reasonable price and, with a couple of clicks, bing bang boom and in a matter of a few short hours, I’ve already gotten confirmation that the item has shipped!
I thought RSD was gonna suck for me, this year. But it ended up that I got the one thing I knew about and wanted, and another I hadn’t known about but that was equally awesome. Oh happy day, indeed! You can anticipate reviews of each, once I actually have these copies here!