Record Store Day 2013!

April 22, 2013

Hi everyone!

I know we’re all coming off of a long, hectic week. I know I am. So here’s my glog post, which I also didn’t do last Sunday. I’m really sorry! I’m sure that most of you reading this either know of or remember Assemblies. Right at 7:45, that perfect start to your day.

You all probably remember a few standout assemblies… such as Mr. Southam singing a song about exam week or Valentine’s day. One that stood out to me over the past two years has been Mr. Bean and Dr. Clarke’s assembly on vinyl records. It really struck me that it was a neat topic,  and that I might want to start collecting records! Those of you who know me know that I love music and I take pride in it, whether I’m making it or listening to it.

I know what you all are thinking right now, that it’s good that we can scour an internet marketplace for music, and I agree. When you live in Bethel, a boutique store isn’t exactly right around the corner. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I do feel like there’s something missing when buying music.

A couple of summers ago, I stumbled upon my mother’s and uncle’s record collection and decided to take some of it home, as a wall decoration. What I took home ended up sitting in a corner in my room until last year. At christmas time I finally got a record player from my Granny and Grandad, along with a warped AWOLNATION record which I’m working on getting replaced, and I was super excited about it! When we went to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house again, I picked up more of my mom’s record collection to bring it home. This is where my collection started. I figure I’ll share a few of my favorites with you.

Van Halen’s Diver Down. Amazing Covers, amazing album.

“So Far” by Crosby Stills Nash and Young is one of my favorite albums of all time. I especially love “Our House”

I had to have some Led Zeppelin in here, and “Physical Graffiti” is my favorite album by one of the greatest rock groups of all time.

The very first record I bought, “Mirage Rock” by Band of Horses. Love it, love them. Got it at my first concert!

Enter Record Store Day, an international celebration of independent record stores celebrated on the third Saturday of April, every year since 2008. It’s a day filled with new releases, rereleases and all sorts of fun things revolving around the analog music. As I was in Burlington at St. Mike’s revisit day, I found a record store in town. I dropped by the wonderful PurePop records store near Church Street. They had exactly what I wanted, a limited rerun of Tame Impala’s debut EP.

There it is, in all of it’s red vinyl glory. Not only does it look cool, it’s an amazing album. Love Tame Impala’s Psych-garage-rock sound. This is what $17.04 will get you on Record Store Day.

So, if you get the chance, go support your local record store. It’s a unique experience to flip through albums and records, and walk out with it in your hands.

So what was your first record/cd/cassete purchase? What album is your favorite album of all time? I’d love to hear from you all, and I’d enjoy any tips towards new record stores or new records!

Have a great Week!

-John

**I know I missed my deadline by 2 minutes. Sorry!**

 

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