Last year, I participated in my very first Record Store Day. I hadn’t heard of RSD until I started getting into record collecting more intensely last year, but I was excited to have the opportunity to fight tooth and nail for some limited copies of records from some of my favorite artists (which last year were The Weeknd’s My Dear Melancholy (2018), Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb (2015), and Denzel Curry’s “Bulls on Parade”). And fight I did! After spending the days and weeks before RSD figuring out which stores were selling the records I wanted and coming up with a gameplan that included trying to purchase three records from three different record store websites, I was able to walk away (read: sit on my bed and wait for the deliveries) with all the records I wanted.
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I didn’t really have anything to do for a TAKE on this week, so here I am to talk about my Record Store Day experience. Because…what a TIME that was. So, unfortunately, because we’re still in a pandemic, I was NOT interested in going out and being in anybody’s crowd at a record store. I … Continue reading record store day 001
This year, though, RSD was primarily in-store like it normally would be, so I had a slightly different experience. And it ended up being a really great day! I started off RSD with an early morning drive to Comeback Vinyl. The store had previously asked folks to sign up for 15-minute appointment slots online – mine was one of the earlier ones – so I was on the road a little bit before the sun came up. I’d never been to their physical location before, but I ordered my copy of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet (2013) from them, as well my copies of Kanye’s Late Registration (2005), Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats’s UNLOCKED (2020), and Tyler’s Cherry Bomb on RSD, so I was excited to visit in person.
After standing outside for about 20 minutes in the onsetting Georgia heat (it was supposed to be around 90 degrees that day), it was finally my turn to go into the store, and I knew exactly what I was waiting in line for. It’s a really cool store, albeit things were moved around to accommodate social distancing for RSD, so I wasn’t able to see the store in its full glory. The folks working there were extremely nice, and I got a lot of compliments on my $5 Walmart socks that I’ve had for almost 8 years. After another 9ish minutes of waiting in line to make sure I had and paid for what I needed, I left Comeback Vinyl with my singular RSD want: Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor Series (2021) which includes a repress of Food & Liquor (2005) as well as the first vinyl issue of Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album (2012). F&L is one of the records I’ve been waiting for a WHILE to have, and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna get it this RSD. It’s been slowly working its way up to the top of my favorite album list (but has yet to dethrone Fly or Die (2004) or Tasty (2003)), and it was the only record on the RSD Drop 1 list that I wanted. So I walked my giddy self very quickly back to my car before I exploded with excitement and headed back down to my neck of the woods. But before returning to my humble abode, I checked out one more record store.
I’ve been on the hunt for a Black-owned record store closer to home since I started collecting records, and I was out of my mind when I found out about DBS Sounds. It’s not exactly right across the street from where I live, but it’s close enough for me to eventually start spending every waking moment there. There’s just a vibe that being around your people gives you that’s kind of hard to explain but you know it when you feel it. The area that Comeback Vinyl is in didn’t have a lot of Black folks – which honestly might have worked to my advantage lol – so there was a little bit of discomfort in my experience there, despite how nice everyone was. No one said anything wild to me, and I didn’t have a bad experience, but walking into the incense-filled space of DBS where I saw more of my people, heard Black music coming from the speakers, and saw Black folks running the store gave me a feeling of being more at home. And I didn’t want to leave lol. I got a chance to talk to the owner while I was there, and he was incredibly nice. I have a trick that I use when I’m interacting with people where if I can make someone chuckle or laugh when I’m around them for the first time, it makes me feel less nervous about how things went afterwards. If I can’t break the ice with you with a laugh, then I can never be around you again lol. So I was very excited to share a couple of laughs and a quick chat with the owner before leaving, and it made me feel very good about the 100% probability of me going back. While there, I picked up J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), N.E.R.D’s No_One Ever Really Dies (2018) to complete my N.E.R.D record collection, and Songs For You Vol. 1 (2021) – a compilation of songs by Black artists that Vans put together for RSD Drop 1 as a fundraiser for Black-owned record stores (it has songs by folks like H.E.R., Lupe, Common, and Duckwrth). I saw some other records that I’ll definitely be heading back to get very soon. And I will be setting up a second home there; they just don’t know yet lol. Manifesting me and the storeowners being besties rn!
To my surprise, when I got home, I had some records sitting on the doorstep waiting for me. After bringing everything in, I unboxed my doorstep surprise to see Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap (2013) and Coloring Book (2016). After many many months of waiting patiently for a repress on the two projects (I was NOT giving someone on Discogs $160/piece for these), Chance sold them again on his webstore about a month ago, and I was able to grab them before they sold out for about $35 each. So I ended my day with 7 new records, a new record store to visit, and a lot less money in my bank account lol.
I don’t know yet if I’ll be participating in the second RSD drop next month, but I’ll definitely know where to go if I decide to! I’ll share more about my RSD finds on some future “vinyl library” write ups!
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