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Look I’m one of those supposedly pretentious music fans who buys records. I like the way they look, and makes the times that I play them on my record player, pretty damn great ones. I love going to record stores and just looking through piles of old and new records, hoping to randomly find one I like. I even subscribed to VinylMePlease, which gives you a new record every month, specially printed and shipped with artwork and a cocktail recipe to enjoy your record with.
So why does Record Store Day disappoint me every year?
Record Store Day is said to promote the buying and selling of records, with specially printed records in very limited edition that go on sale on that particular day. This year it was April 22. Look I know vinyl records are expensive, and I’m willing to pay those extra dollars for a product that’s worth it. But the problem with the records released on RSD is that almost all the time, they’re just remasters of old records from fairly old artists, with slightly better sound quality. There are also remasters or remixes of newer artists, like a lot of J Dilla’s music, but they’re still just remasters. Maybe I sound ignorant in my taste for music, but I’d rather pay a very cheap price for a used original print of a record, instead of spending $30-$45 on a remastered print. The difference in sound isn’t significant enough for me to really care. I know many disagree, but who cares this is my opinion piece!
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From time to time, exciting releases come on RSD, like when Death Grips released their album Government Plates exclusively on RSD with a very limited number of copies. Did I try to get it? Yes. Did I succeed? No. Am I still angry about it and kinda let that hate sulk into bitterness about the whole idea of RSD?
Okay I’m getting carried away but the point is, I want to see new album releases on RSD! I want record labels to promote newly signed bands with promotional special versions of new albums that they believe in! And please release more 7″ singles! Special prints of those rarely exist, and they’re a perfect product to promote the hell out of on RSD! I don’t care about remasters. They’re not new. And for me, they’re not worth the price. The only thing I’ve ever bought from RSD was last year when I bought a 7″ single of a track from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Apart from that, RSD normally consists of me just looking at all the exclusives for sale, and not getting excited at all about anything. Then again, I professionally hate everything, and maybe RSD is just trying to make my job easier.
Today, Elliot doesn’t have new music to share.