In case you haven't heard or read about this, this Saturday we'll be taking part in the 5th annual Record Store Day, which is actually being held across the globe. For some info on what it's all about -- although you can pretty much assume what its motivations are -- check out www.recordstoreday.com
WE WILL BE OPENING AT 9 A.M. SATURDAY
We will be open until at least 9 PM and on Sunday we will be open from 12 PM until 7 PM.
Last year was awesome and the enthusiasm for RSD seems to grow every year with even more tons of releases coming out that day that are limited this year. From the measly 10-20 releases the first year it has now ballooned into over 300 releases. We've participated every year and have tried to grow with it as well, and this is the second year that we've been the only shop in Charlotte taking part. This means we had to consider some things that before we wouldn't have even thought about, and it gives us a new opportunity to make new friends and customers with folks that normally would have gone to some other store across town.
Now, what does this mean for you? Well, over the past week we've been receiving tons of freebie goodies to give away in honor of Record Store Day. If you stop by on Saturday, we'll have a bag full of free stuff for you. It's first-come, first-serve, so if we're out of them by the time you get here, we're sorry. So try to make it earlier rather than later. These includes free 7"s, CDs, posters, buttons, stickers, magazines, etc.
ALSO there are Record Store Day EXCLUSIVES for sale only at participating indie stores. These are almost all very limited in nature, and in many case we did NOT get that many or as many as we ordered, so be ready. There were way more labels participating this year so there are bound to be some things I didn't even know about as well. We're trying our best to get everything though, but sometimes things slip through the cracks and with this many releases we had to budget ourselves a bit as well. There are also a bunch of UK ONLY releases - we WILL NOT have the UK releases and cannot get them. A lot of people keeping asking since there are some nice ones, but those are for UK stores only.
There is an extensive list of the releases coming out here. I encourage you to read it and maybe even print it out to make a checklist so you don't forget something in the excitement of it all.
List of 2012 RSD releases:
From the RSD website:
"THEY’RE HERE! The thing a lot of you are looking forward to, of course, are the special pieces coming to your favorite record store on April 16. Here’s a list of them, one you can print out, check off and take to your local record store. We’re doing things a little differently this year, so you’ll see a few different categories here:
RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES These are titles that are only being released for this day. These are true Record Store Day Exclusives.
“WINDOWED” RELEASES These are titles that will only be available in record stores on Record Store Day, but will someday be available to other retailers down the line.
REGIONAL/SMALL RUN RELEASES These are titles that are being released only to a certain region of stores, or have such a small run or distribution that the majority of participating stores will not have access to them. We feel it’s important to include these releases and celebrate the spirit in which they are released.
And remember: LIMITED EDITION, BABY. A lot of these titles have limited runs. You may not get your hands on all the pieces you want. Your STORE may not get their hands on all the pieces they want. That’s the nature of limited releases. But that’s what makes them so exciting! "
You can also view the list as a webpage with pictures of the releases here.
To try to keep things more civil and manageable again this year, we're going to have someone at the door so that 100 people don't try to cram in the store all at once. We are trying to make things run as smooth as possible and hopefully keep waiting to a minimum. This system worked well last year and is the fairest way we can think of.
ALSO, we will be having a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to be drawn on Saturday night.
AND IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THIS...we're going to bring out as many posters (and trust us, we have billions of them) & whatever else we can find to give to you. It helps us, it helps you, it helps the world. Ok, maybe not the whole world. But we hope you'll enjoy what you can have.
The only requirement to get all this stuff is to stop by and buy something -- or, at the very least, look around and see if there's anything you want. We appreciate the year-round business that everyone in this community (and beyond) has brought us, year after year. Stop by on this new holiday and get a little something back.
AND most importantly, we are having a Record Store Day Sale. Or you can call it our 6.5 year anniversary sale. Anyhow, here's the deal:
EVERYTHING IN THE STORE IS 15% OFF! - LPs, CDs, DVDs, 7"s, 10"s, books, stickers, patches, everything! Saturday only!
****Due to the limited nature of Record Store Day releases, however, those are not included in the sale.****
IN ADDITION ALL USED CDS & DVDS ARE BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! - This is combined with the 15% off.
This sale is for SATURDAY & SUNDAY - so come see us all weekend.
And now for the stinky rules:
-Record Store Day items are limited to ONE PER CUSTOMER PER TITLE. I'm sorry if your cousin in Nantucket doesn't have a record store nearby. We're looking out for locals first, and more importantly trying to discourage Ebay flippers.-Please do not get mad at me if something is sold out or didn't come in. Several items have already been delayed or cancelled and several others I was never able to find or were so limited that we did not get our orders. It's up to each store owner/buyer to order these things which means we have to hunt them down and also means we have to pay for them up front. Records are non-returnable which means this day is a stressful risk for us that usually works out. Also please realize that Lunchbox Records is run by one person 95% of the time. I try my hardest to order what regular customers buy and ask about first, then other items after that, but it's all a guessing game and I'm bound to guess wrong sometimes. We posted a list of everything we ordered earlier on our website and 98% of it we got.
We will be having some DJs play too to hopefully brighten your day...no bands this year because there is just too much going on and they would have to play outside. And only a couple bands even asked, and we're not especially great at networking for those sort of things.
See you Saturday!!
Now for my rant...(reprinted from year one of RSD for your convenience)
You're probably wondering what RECORD STORE DAY is anyway? I was at first too. But it's basically a revamped customer appreciation day where hopefully you the customer appreciates us as well and the fact that you live in or near a town that still has independent record stores. I personally don't like to buy things online, but lots of people do. But it's great to know that you can go to a store and browse and stumble on things you never would have thought of or heard of otherwise. You don't get too much of that online. We also do everything in our capabilities to sell you records as cheap as we can. This means buying direct whenever possible and searching for deals and unfortunately not bringing some stuff in because big labels like to give chain stores better deals than the little guy. Our prices for most things we stock are typically $2-$5 cheaper than the big store across town. We don't do sales often because we prefer to make it cheap all of the time. We stock tons of LPs and 7"s because we love the format and when I opened this store the other stores we're still busy trying to kill the format. I believe in independent music and labels and try to stock as much as I can which means a lot of lesser known indie, punk and metal titles.
I've been going to record stores since as long as I can remember, buying my first 7" in 1984 and getting into punk a couple years later. It wasn't until I moved to Atlanta that I had good stores that stocked underground releases and I've been addicted ever since. If I didn't love record stores I wouldn't own one. I'd go get a job that made a lot more money. People come in here a lot and tell me they love the store and it's great, and lots of out of town folks and bands do too. I really have no reference point on that anymore since I'm here seven days a week. There's only 2 other stores that sell vinyl in town, one is oldies oriented and the other banned me for life when I stopped working there and opened my own store. So I never get to go to any other stores and just try to make mine the one I would want to go to. I'm nowhere near that point yet and am working to improve it all of the time. I value people's suggestions and take them seriously, probably a little too seriously. But if you don't tell me what you want I can't read minds. The point of this being that I think the store is pretty good, and there are tons of folks that don't have a decent record store anywhere near them. So hopefully you'll support us. I realize the store isn't for everybody though.
We will continue to sell you lots of records we and you think are cool, and we will continue to have shows in the store as long as I can and bring awesome out of town bands to Charlotte. We are very thankful of those of you that have supported us for the last 6.5 years. And if you've never been here before, please come visit us.
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OK, now that most of the dust is settling I can finally post a list of Record Store Day titles. RECORD STORE DAY IS SATURDAY APRIL 21st!!! This is a list of everything we have ordered and if all goes well we will receive. Due to the limited nature of the releases some things that we order tons of copies of we may only get one or two or none. Sometimes we get everything we order on a title. Most titles are pretty limited and there are hundreds of stores participating so many orders get allocated. Anyway, we try our best to get what we think and/or know our customers will want.
We will also have lots of new stickers to give away, hopefully new Lunchbox shirts, and the first 100 customers will get a free Lunchbox Records slipmat. We have two different designs, the first drawn by our own helper Lee:
Anyway, you can view the official RSD list of releases here. But this is a list of things we have ordered, some of which are not on the official list, and some of those are ones we are really excited about. We have included pressing information for those that we know about:
*Ryan Adams: "Heartbreak A Stranger" b/w "Black Sheets Of Rain" PAXAM 7' colored vinyl 2500 North America
*All Out War: Assassins In The House Of God Victory 12" pink vinyl 400
*Anberlin: Blueprints Fo rThe Black Market Tooth & Nail 2XLP 1000
*Animal Collective: Transverse Temporal Gyrus Domino 12" LP 3200
*ArcticMonkeys: RUMine? Domino 7" 1340
*ArcadeFire: SprawlII Merge 12" 3000
*Atmosphere and The Uncluded: Picture Disc Rhymesayers 10" 1200
*Sara Bareilles: "Stay"/"Beautiful Girl" Epic 7" 1500
*The Black Angels: "Lonely," "Watch Out Boy," Blue Horizon 7" orange vinyl
*Blues Project: "Parchman Farm" / "Bright Lights, Big City" Sundazed 7" vinyl
*Michael Buble/Ray Charles: "Georgia On My Mind" Warner Bros. 7" peach vinyl 3500
*The Byrds: "It's No Use"/"Feel A Whole Lot Better" Sundazed 7" vinyl
*Captain Beefheart: Diddy Wah Diddy Sundazed Gatefold7"
*Carolina Chocolate Drops/Run DMC: "You Be Illin" Warner Bros. 7" coke bottle green vinyl 3000
*Childish Gambino : Heartbeat Glassnote 12" Red vinyl 1000
*Chocolate Watch Band: "Psych Trip"/"Midnight Hour" Sundazed 7" vinyl
*TheCivil Wars: Live at Amoeba Sensibility CD Music LLC
*Gary Clark Jr.: Presents HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. 1 Warner Bros. 12" 3000
*The Clash: "London Calling" 2012 Epic 7" 4900
*Leonard Cohen: Live in Fredericton EP Columbia LP 3700
*The Cult: For The Animals Megaforce 7" vinyl 2500
*Cursive: Burst and Bloom Saddle Creek marbled vinyl LP 1000
*Deerhoof / of Montreal : Stygian x} Bisection Polyvinyl 7" 1000
*Diva Dompe : Cyborg Sweetie Critical Heights 7 inch + MP3 100
*Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. : We Almost Lost Detroit EP Warner Bros. 12" 1000
*Justin Townes Earle: "Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Bloodshot 7" vinyl 2000 Me Now"
*The Electronic Anthology: The Electronic Anthology Project of Dinosaur Jr. Self-Released CD 1000 Project of Dinosaur Jr.
*Bill Evans: Selections from Live at Art D'Lugoff's Resonance 10" cobalt blue vinyl
*Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding: "Respect" Warner Bros 7" gold vinyl 5000
*Freakwater: Feels Like The Third Time Thrill Jockey Single LP 1000 Records
*Futurebirds: SENEY-STOVALL SFP Records 12" vinyl 750
*Garbage: Blood For Poppies Stun Volume 7" White Vinyl 1000
*Genesis: Spot The Pigeon EP Audio Fidelity 12" blue vinyl 33 1/3 and 45 2500 RPM
*The Green: Ways and Means Megaforce LP 2500
*Grouplove: "Don't Fly Too Close To The Sun" Atlantic 7" 2360
*Buddy Guy: This Is Buddy Guy Vanguard LP 1000
*Lee Hazlewood : The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968- Light In The 12" vinyl 4000 71) Attic
*The Hives: Go Right Ahead No Fun AB 7" 1800
*Patterson Hood & the Downtown 13: (featuring Mike Mills ) "After It's Gone" ATO 7" vinyl 2000
*The Horrible Crowes: Live at Fingerprints Side One Dummy 7" 1600
*Hush Arbors/Arbouretum Aureola : Thrill Jockey Single LP w/ download 1000 Records
*Jamiroquai: Rock Dust Light Star Executive 2 x LP with CD 2500
*Skip James: Devil Got My Woman Vanguard LP 1000
*Kimbra: Settle Down EP Warner Bros CDEP 2500
*The Knack : Live In Los Angeles, 1978 Omnivore 10" vinyl red and yellow 1500 splatter
*Little Richard: Here's Little Richard Specialty LP 1500
*Luna: Romantica 180gLP 1000
*Mastodon/Feist: Warner Bros. 7" vinyl 5000
*Paul McCartney: "Another Day"/"Oh Woman Oh Why" MPL / Hear 7" single 2000 Music
*Misfits: Walk Among Us Rhino Randomly packed 1250 Red, 1250 Blue, 500 Clear
*The Mynah Byrds: "It's My Time"/"Go On And Cry" UMe 7" single 2000
*Neon Trees: Everybody Talks / Lessons in Love Island Def Jam 7" red heart shaped vinyl 2000
*Nightwish: Trials Of Imaginearum Roadrunner 10" picture disc 1500
*Nobunny: The Maximum Rock N Roll EP Goner 1000
*Ozzy Osbourne: "Believer" Columbia vinyl 4400
*Shuggie Otis: "Inspiration Information" 7" colored vinyl 1350
*Buck Owens: Colouring Book w/ flexidisc Omnivore
*Amanda Palmer & The Grand…. Polly b/w Idioteque 8 FT Records, 7 inch 2000
*Lee "Scratch" Perry: Blackboard Jungle Dub (Limited Edition Box 10" Get On Down 3 x 10" vinyl box Box)
*Katy Perry : Part of Me (Thin White Duke Remix) Capitol 12" pink viny 3000
*Phish : Junta Deluxe LP Edition JEMP 3xLP 2500
*Phish: Junta Deluxe(PollockVersion) JEMP 3xLP 2500
*matt pond PA: Several Arrows Later Polyvinyl LP 500
*Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: Live at the Hollywood 12" Vinyl 2000
*Priscilla Ahn and Sea of Bees: John Denver - The Music Is You Series Featuring Windstar 7" vinyl 1500
*Pussy Galore "Feel Good About Your Body" Shove 7" vinyl 1500
*Joey Ramone: Rock n' Roll Is The Answer BMG Rights 7" vinyl 2500 North America Management
*Ringworm: Justice Replaced By Revenge Victory 12" white vinyl 400
*The Chris Robinson: "New Suede Shoes" Megaforce 7" single 1300 Brotherhood
*Rockabye Baby! Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of The Smiths Rockabye 12" vinyl 3000 Baby! Music
*Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: One Love To Another Vagrant 7" 1500
*Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice: Skaggs & Rice Sugar Hill LP 1000
*Small Faces: "Tin Soldier"/ "I Feel So Much Better Now" Snapper Music 7" vinyl 1000
*Miike Snow: "Devil's Work" Republic 7" vinyl
*Iggy and the Stooges: Live at All Tomorrows Parties MVD 12" Picture Disc
*The Tallest Man on Earth: King of Spain Dead Oceans 12" 2000
*Rosie Thomas / Sufjan Stevens: Hit & Run Vol.1 Sing-A-Long 7' vinyl
*Uncle Tupelo: 4x7" boxset 5000
*Eddie Vedder "Love Boat Captain"/"Wishlist" Monkeywrench 7" vinyl 1500
*Townes Van Zandt: At My Window Sugar Hill LP 1000
*Sara Watkins featuring Fiona Apple/The Everly Brothers "You're The One I Love" Warner Bros 7"
*Mike Watt & The Missingmen/The Chuck Dukowski Sextet: Sweet Honey Pie b/w My War ORG Music 7" 3000
*Jonathan Wilson: Pity Trials and Tomorrow's Child - 12 inch Bella Union 12" LP 650
*Various Artists Pretty In Pink Soundtrack UMe 12" pink vinyl 2000
*Various Artists The Breakfast Club Soundtrack UMe 12" white vinyl 2000
*Various Artists Sacred Bones Presents: Todo Muere Vol. 2 Sacred Bones 12" vinyl 1500
*Various Artists Rough Guide: Psychedelic Africa (180 Gram LP + World Music LP 700 Download Card) Network
*Various Artists Rough Guide: African Roots Revival (180 Gram LP World Music LP 600 + Download Card) Network
*Various Artists Rough Guide: New Orleans (180 Gram LP + World Music LP 500 Download Card) Network
*Death Grips: The Money Store Epic
*Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power RCA 2xLP
*Iggy Pop: Mick Rock Tins Virgin 7" box with photo book 2000
*Janis Joplin: Pearl Columbia LP
*Ozzy Osbourne: Live Columbia 2xLP180g
*Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2 Odd Future 2xLP Records
*LouReed : Transformer RCA LP
*LouReed : Rock N Roll Animal RCA LP
*Paul Simon: Graceland25thAnniversary Columbia LP
*UncleTupelo: No Depression LP
*UncleTupelo: Still Feel Gone LP
*Uncle Tupelo: March 16-20, 1992 LP
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