Bob Gallagher, owner of 4000 Holes, had never before had an entire pallet of records delivered to his store, but, thanks to Record Store Day, there’s a first time for everything.
Since 2008, Record Store Day, held this year on Saturday, has brought vinyl aficionados and new fans alike to independent record stores across the world to dig through the crates for RSD exclusives.
Gallagher ordered more than 400 separate Record Store Day releases this year.
“We spend enough to buy a small new car,” he said.
Both Gallagher and Joel May of the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene said the stores are packed the entirety of Record Store Day.
“Behind the counter it becomes a blur,” May said about the constant stream of customers.
Both Gallagher and May also say their customers are an eclectic bunch, buying everything from jazz and blues to classical rock.
“We have people of every demographic and age group coming in and looking for something,” May said.
Record Store Day has aided the resurgence in popularity records have experienced over the years, though Gallagher always knew, even after CDs became popular, that records would eventually come back into style.
“Though I always knew records would come back, I was never expecting them to be as popular as they are now,” he said. “And to have Record Store Day, the best day of the year, it’s been great.”
Marshall McLean will perform at 4000 Holes at 3 p.m., and the Long Ear will have mystery vinyl grab bags and coffee from Calypsos Coffee Roasters.
Check out a few RSD highlights below. For a complete list of releases, visit www.recordstoreday.com.
2019 RSD Ambassadors Pearl Jam will release “Live At Easy Street,” recorded during a 2005 performance.
Fans of the late David Bowie can add three new releases to their collection.
The first is a picture disc of the 2015 remastered version of 1973’s “Pin Ups,” a covers album.
The second is a 7-inch featuring two songs from “Just a Gigolo,” the 1978 film in which Bowie starred: “Revolutionary Song” and “Just a Gigolo,” performed by Marlene Dietrich.
Finally, there’s “The World of David Bowie,” which features tunes like “Uncle Arthur” and “Sell Me a Coat.”
Robyn will release “Body Talk,” a double LP featuring songs from “Body Talk Pt. 1” and “Body Talk Pt. 2,” and Chewelah native Allen Stone will release a four-track EP called “Naturally.”
In 1991, R.E.M. performed a surprise gig in London under the name Bingo Hand Job. Though the show was widely bootlegged, “Live at the Borderline 1991” is the first official release.
Duran Duran’s “As the Lights Go Down” is a pink and blue double LP featuring a live recording of the band’s show at the Oakland Coliseum in April 1984.
Anderson East will release double LP called “Alive in Tennessee,” and Kip Moore, who played the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in November, will release “Room to Spare,” a mix of acoustics songs and “Kip essentials.”
Foo Fighters will release a 3-inch (yes, really) of “Big Me,” which includes a picture sleeve and collectible poster.
Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard will release a split single of songs – “Me and Magdalena” and “The Concept” – he recorded with singer/musician/producer Richard Swift, who died last year.
Mumford and Sons, who will perform at the Gorge this summer, will release “ ‘Delta’ Acoustic Sessions/Live From Electric Lady,” a collection of four acoustic takes on songs from last year’s “Delta.”
Fans of the late Prince can pick up “The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold” and “His Majesty’s Pop Life/The Purple Mix Club,” and fans of Queen should keep their eyes peeled for the “Bohemian Rhapsody” original soundtrack on a picture disc and a 7-inch of “Bohemian Rhapsody”/“I’m in Love with My Car.”
Anderson.Paak will release “Bubblin’ ” featuring the title track and a remix featuring Busta Rhymes, while RZA is releasing his third album “Birth of a Prince” for the first time on vinyl.
Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, who played the Bartlett last year, will release an EP called “For Young Hearts.”
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