Record Store Day: The holiday edition

Posted by Jeff Hahne on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The latest edition of Record Store Day will take place as a special holiday edition on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Participating Charlotte-area stores include Lunchbox Records in Plaza Midwood and The Birdsnest in Davidson.

While Record Store Day usually happens in the spring, the event's organizers decided independent music stores should get in on the holiday excitement.

Among the Black Friday releases are:
Asobi Seksu/Boris Split 7"
Band of Horses "Sonic Ranch Sessions" 7"
Beck "Sea Change" on pink vinyl
Biz Markie "The Biz Never Sleeps" picture disc
Bob Dylan "Duquesne Whistle" 7"
Frank Zappa "Why Don'cha Do Me Right, Big Leg Emma" 7"
Gary Clark Jr. "Black & Blu" on black and blue vinyl
Grateful Dead "Live at Winterland 5/30/1971" LP
Jeff the Brotherhood "Dark Energy" 7"
Joe Strummer "Live at Action Town Hall" LP
John Denver & The Muppets "A Christmas Together" LP
Johnny Cash "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" LP
Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah" 7"
Lucero "Live at Sun Studios" 7"
Nirvana "Incesticide 20th Anniversary" Double-LP
Tenacious D "Simply Jazz" EP

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

I'm curious: Do you get paid extra for promoting Lunchbox Records, or what? Just wondering, because lots of us aren't really interested in hipper-than-thou stores and attitudes.

report 4 likes, 9 dislikes   
Posted by John Grooms on 11/26/2012 at 11:25 AM

Lunchbox Records and The Birdsnest were the only two independent record stores in the area that were participating in Record Store Day.
A lot of unique releases are issued on Record Store Day that are only available through independent stores. If you're looking for one of those releases, your choice of store is severely limited in the Charlotte area.

report 5 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by Jeff Hahne on 11/26/2012 at 3:06 PM

"Unique" releases only available in oh so precious "secret handshake" stores? How wonderful for the Geek Elite demographic. I admit I've only been to Lunchbox three times - the place reeked of condescension and, again, hipper than thou-ness. I'd rather gargle mud than give doofs like that my money.

report 2 likes, 7 dislikes   
Posted by John Grooms on 11/26/2012 at 6:54 PM

Firstly, I'm confused because I was under the impression that Mr. Grooms worked for Creative Loafing, but I guess he is freelance now even though he still writes for them regularly. I do not pay for any promotion from Creative Loafing and wasn't even aware of this particular post until today. I think it's very clear that Mr. Grooms knows we do not pay for these short blurbs on CL's music blog and is just trying to be a smartass.

I cannot recall the last time Mr. Grooms set foot in Lunchbox and I am pretty sure when he did it was to sell promo CDs he got for free while being the music writer at CL. Perhaps he is mad that we did not buy something that even he did not want, and as is usually the case with writer-sourced promos - did not even open to listen to. I cannot buy something unless I'm pretty sure it will sell. Perhaps he wanted a CD we did not stock. I will gladly order anything anyone wants, but we can only stock so many releases in a 1000 sq. ft. store. If something is only going to sell one copy a year or even less, then I would rather use that space for things I think or know will sell better. And in considering what we stock, I have to look to my regular customers - the ones that come in weekly - and stock what they tell me they want. I cannot stock titles based on the needs of people who come in once a year or say, 3 times in seven years. By the way, we do have the new Dave Matthews Band on vinyl. We had the CD as well but it did not sell well or at all so it was returned.

As for Record Store Day, it is a promotion created by independently owned record stores to help promote independent record stores. It was created in cooperation with many record labels who also gladly provide support for it and everyone is happy. There is no "secret handshake", there is an application to become a participating store right on their site, which is 1000% times more transparent than trying to open accounts with major labels. The promotions are not that different than those created by big box stores like FYE, Target, Best Buy, or even Papa John's (need a Taylor Swift CD with your pizza?) such as the recent Avett Brothers album where Target had an exclusive version with extra songs. The main difference is that these promotions help hundreds of small stores vs. one giant corporation. The reason why the other big music store in Charlotte cannot participate is because they are owned by Transworld, the parent company of FYE and a publicly traded company.

I am sorry that John had a bad experience in my store. Without details other than the accusation of being "hipper than thou" I really don't know how to remedy his problem. We try our best to make people happy but also realize that you cannot make everyone happy no matter how hard you try. I stock tons of stuff I do not care for but my customers do. We try our best to get in things that other stores don't and support smaller bands and labels. I'd much rather push something I believe in than an overpriced major label title I only make $2 on anyway. I worked for the first 6 years almost every single day with less than 10-20 days off a year to support what I believe in and try to keep my prices low and support the Charlotte music scene. I don't judge what people buy because I would rather people be happy listening to music of any kind than live a life without it. Some of my favorite bands I cannot even give away their records. However, if someone asks me my personal opinion about something or why I don't stock it I give them an honest answer because that's what I would want. If these things are "hipper than thou" then so be it.

report 11 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by Scott Wishart on 11/27/2012 at 1:25 PM

For what it's worth, I'm a huge fan of "Geek Elite" record stores.

report 6 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by Mark Kemp on 11/27/2012 at 1:49 PM

I don't shop as much at Lunchbox (or anywhere else for that matter) as I'd like, but that's due to financial considerations. That said, every time I have shopped at Lunchbox has been a perfectly pleasant experience. Scott in particular has an encyclopedic knowledge of music over a diverse range of genres, and has turned me on to to several great records. I think what we're reading above is another tragic case of Classic Rock-itis....keep up the good work, Wishart!

report 6 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by js22 on 11/29/2012 at 12:11 PM

My two cents. I'm not hip at all, and I think Lunchbox is a wonderful store. When I shop there, I've never been made to feel like I don't belong in any Geek Fraternity.

report 3 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by patmoran on 11/30/2012 at 10:11 AM
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment