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Gilles Peterson's guide to record buying, bullies and beating the competition

#1
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/ap...ompetition

Quote:I’m beginning to have doubts about Record Store Day. It’s doing my head in a bit. If you’re a regular record store person, you find a lot of shops are a bit of a desert for a few weeks beforehand. Everything is a bit focused on Record Store Day, which is great because it puts focus on selling vinyl, but also means nothing’s in shops because everyone is waiting until 18 April. I don’t give a fuck about Record Store Day! I’m not going to be queuing up for an hour beforehand to get that one-off piece! It’s the barrenness that worries me. Also, if you want to press vinyl, forget it – leading up to this day all of the pressing plants are booked. It’s put a whole new spin on everything.

In other words, it's a bunch of consumerist bollocks.
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#2
Like many things, Recordstore Day started out with good intentions, but has by now been turned against the ones which were supposed to benefit in the beginning (namely smaller - mostly independent shops/labesl) Icon_sad

The repercussions of "Vinyl Renaissance" (which caters to a big part to the hipsters' types who have no loyalty towards things that suddenly become "un"hip all of a sudden) have been discussed on here for instance also by Euphony, Dev/Null or Law who have difficultes to get their vinyl pressed properly.
Music critic for the Tally Ho
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#3
Yep. I can confirm RSD is officially bollocks now.

Yeah it makes some deserved extra cash for indie shops, but it's not a very long term solution to the original problem is it?

Now all it seems to be doing is alienating indie labels and regular vinyl buyers - you know, the people that kept these stores in business all through the 2000s.
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#4
He mentions Haggle Vinyl on that article. It's closed now I think, at the end of last year, but the owner was a right miserable wanker. I did get some good finds in there though, after digging for about four hours.
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