Record Store Day 2015: Final News!

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.

Part 1

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!

Part 2

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!

SLOOOOAAANN!!! SLLLOOOOOOOOAAAAANNNNNNN!!!

In Sum:

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!

44 thoughts on “Record Store Day 2015: Final News!

  1. J. says:

    Great stuff. I’m thinking of popping in to my local RSD participating store tomorrow to see what wares they have left over. Maybe I’ll find the Garwood and Lanegan slit. At a push. I wouldn’t hold out much hope for stumbling across the red Neko Case Fox Confessor.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Shame. Even the oriiginal RSD price would have been higher, just because it was RSD. Not like it was an exclusive EP or something, the album’s been out for ages. Pretty vinyl, sure, but still.

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              1. J. says:

                That maybe so, but I don’t mind paying a bit more for a record from an indie label (generally); especially one that’s not easily available. This would have been the only way I’d get a copy of this one on vinyl – getting hold of an original copy is pretty difficult (and more expensive than this one here!).

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  2. 1537 says:

    Wow – you’ve clearly been a good boy, the RSD Bunny is making all your wishes come true. I didn’t really fancy anything this year.

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      1. 1537 says:

        All I want is a new AC/DC LP on blue vinyl, limited to 5 copies worldwide – each copy including some of the band’s toenail clippings.

        Is that really too much to ask?!

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          1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

            No, they don’t have anything to do with him anymore since they caught him raking through all their bins, trying to cobble together his own unique edition of Blow Up Your Video. It was a sorry spectacle.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      It was, thanks! And I didn’t even have to leave the house! It isn’t often I bemoan the smaller mortgages and beautiful landscapes of the area in which I live, but RSD and certain concerts would sure be more awesome if I lived closer to the city.

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      1. jprobichaud says:

        Hey, I get it. I live in a city, if you can call our capital as such, and we get RSD but I still bemoan the lack of concert tours that swing through here.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I’ve been to your town several times (friends live there, requisite school trips etc) and always liked it. I’m surprised more shows don’t go there. It’s not THAT far from Montreal, especially for a touring band that’s already on the road, and it is our nation’s capital. You even have a big venue all set to go – so long as the Sens will share the space!

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          1. jprobichaud says:

            Oddly, I think it’s the proximity to Montreal that kills. That and the lack of good mid-size venues. We’ve got the CTC and then small clubs and not much in between. This is why we look forward to Bluesfest and now City Folk every year. But yes, it’s a beautiful city.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Hm. Even the fact that it’s in a different province doesn’t help, eh? Haha. Lack of a mid-sized venue would be a killer for sure. Somebody oughta get on that. Hey, there’s your million dollar idea! GIVE ‘ER! 😉

              Yeah, I’ve always liked visiting your town. I was accepted to Carleton but ended up choosing a different school. I often wonder what would have happened if I’d gone there instead. Ah well, one door closes, another opens…

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                1. keepsmealive says:

                  That would be cool. Further from family, sure, but we did live in Montreal a couple of years, and Saskatoon for 4, so distance wasn’t entirely the issue! 🙂 Interesting where life takes you. And me, to a town that doesn’t do RSD. Fuuuuuu…

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I’m sad there was nothing for the past couple RSDs to rev up your metal engines. Metal bands of the world! Hear your HMO! Let’s roll up those black sleeves and get some exclusive RSD metal content for our HMO! 2016! 2016! 2016!

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      1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

        I prefer not being involved actually. I’d much prefer if the music I’m interested in is released in the normal manner so I can buy it when it suits me! I’m only interested in vinyl in fairly particular instances which is why RSD rarely floats my boat. The only RSD thing I ever REALLY wanted was the Beyond Magnetic vinyl which I was delighted to get… but then it came out on CD anyway. Sigh.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Fair enough! And don’t get me started on that Beyond Magnetic EP, the lying f@ckers said it was gonna be digital exclusive… so I bought it… and then the other formats… Sigh. I believe I’ve ranted about that in these pages more than once!

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  3. mikeladano says:

    I should qualify my statement. $90 would be arguably worthwhile if these demos were exclusive to cassette, but they are not — they will be out on CD later this year with mucho bonus tracks. For whoever kissed your $90 goodbye: I have LOTS of cassettes I’m willing to sell. $45 each. Come and get ’em!

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      1. mikeladano says:

        Most of them are in a Thunder Bay landfill thanks to Garbage Removal Machine. (sticking with the nicknames.). But I have 3 or 4 cases left. Buy 3 for $100!

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  4. mikeladano says:

    WOO HOO! So glad for you man. Taking a cue from Uncle Deke I’ll use nicknames here —

    I’m really glad that Spoogecakes is treating you right, even though Tweedle-Dee left the company. To get one of those cassettes is a big deal for you!

    I will say though (rant time) that anyone who pays $90 for a single cassette is out of their minds. To pay $90 for the worst sounding format that in a few decades will be unlistenable…well, a fool and their money are soon parted. The internet has allowed dealers to jack up prices to ridiculous levels knowing there is an idiot out there who will pay it. $90 for a cassette…my God!

    The two records I wanted were Sloan and Foo. If I don’t get them, I’ll live, but I’ll wait a while and see what’s out there in a few months.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yay thanks! Yes, it was awesome that they remembered lil’ ol’ me. I am totally surprised there were any copies left, in the first place!

      Yeah, I looked just now, 2 full days after RSd, and they go for $23.73-$197.60 (CDN)!! Haha you thought $90 was bad, somebody in Sweden wants almost $200 for theirs!

      I get the collectibility of it, that it was limited. But I think there will always be those people who charge waaaay too much for things. It’s like on Amazon or eBay… just because someone thinks it’s worth whatever price doesn’t mean it is!

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      1. mikeladano says:

        I’m having mixed feelings about RSD. Of all the items I have bought there, how many have since been reissued in a wider form? Most. I have a Foo Fighters album (Medium Rare) that I cherish from 5 years ago. I bought an AC/DC exclusive 7″ single…since been issued on CD. It’s kinda irritating.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Is tht a usual thing, things being reissued later? The only RSD thing I own (before these new things, of course) is that Leonard Cohen live Ep, recorded in NB. I don’t think that ever saw release on CD later.

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          1. mikeladano says:

            I don’t know if it’s usual or not, but it has happened enough to me with items I’ve bought from RSD. Like a Queens of the Stone Age 10″ single that had 4 rare tracks…all reissued on the deluxe CD edition. Dang! Ah well, the single looks cool. It’s just I would have liked to know in advance before I made my buying choices that day.

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        2. keepsmealive says:

          I guess the other thing would be the collectibility of it. Some people like to have the 7″ rare thing, even if it is on CD later. You wouldn’t know anything about collector’s editions, would you? 😉

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          1. mikeladano says:

            No not at all 😉

            And I wrote a post that was inspired by this very discussion. It’s about audio formats and priorities! Just the kind of stuff us nerds care about.

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  5. Deke says:

    That’s awesome! What a great start to the week and kudos to whoever emailed you with a copy of Tellica left from the store……
    Look forward to your Reviews on both…..
    As u would,say…

    HIP HIP HOORAY,

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