Scenes From Good Records’ National Record Store Day Bash.
How far do we have left to go before Record Store Day officially acknowledges that the celebration has outlived its stated purpose of helping save mom-and-pop record shops?
It can’t be much farther now. Heading into this, the commercial holiday’s eighth year, we started to see for the very first time some backlash directed the event’s way. And maybe that’s merited, to a degree: Collectors and scalpers hoping to make a quick buck now camp out at record shops overnight to scoop up all the exclusive RSD releases as soon as doors open; they often then turn around and sell them on eBay for more money than the record shops earned in the first place. Those hoards of RSD exclusives, meanwhile, are prioritized by the handful of pressing plants in the country still in operation, thereby delaying the release of loads of other records, and potentially harming indie labels in the process.
We’ve even seen some resistance locally, too. Carrollton’s Dead Wax Records seemed to spit a little bit of the face of its competition as this year’s Record Store Day approached, choosing to advertise its own RSD festivities — or lack thereof — with the following social media blast to promote its sales: “No bands, no beer, no food — just loads of RSD releases for you to enjoy!”
Over at Good Records, meanwhile, they’re still all about the party. You can’t blame them for that, really. The shop’s annual blowout is among the most fun day-long hangouts to happen in Dallas each year. It helps, too, that the party also doubles as the Lower Greenville shop’s anniversary bash.
This year was no different in that regard. There were endless beer refills, free live performances to see (from the likes of OK Go, Steve Earle and Chris Stapleton on the Astro-turf stage), DJs to hear, vendors to peruse, autographs to be had and more. One gets the feeling that no matter what happens to RSD in the future, it won’t put too much of a damper on Good’s annual birthday throwdowns.