We took a call this morning from Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz, who was a little upset about our portrayal of Record Store Day as a “cash-grab.” Admittedly, we were perhaps not clear about where that finger was pointing, but it’s definitely not at the fine folks behind Record Store Day. Over the last three years they’ve worked tirelessly to reward both stores and customers with the opportunity to celebrate all that is great about record shops. Our “cash-grab” characterization is directed at the greedy labels (read: majors) trying to capitalize on this great day with bullshit merchandise that isn’t in the spirit of the event. In our opinion, this kind of junk devalues everything else that’s coming out that day. This isn’t the RSD people’s fault, and according to Michael they are doing what they can to avoid these non-exclusive “exclusives” going forward.
Lastly, we’re all for lines around the block filled with throngs of eager shoppers on the morning of RSD, but remember when you’re gripping live Bruce Springsteen singles that there’s 30,000 other records in that shop that are worthy of your flipping finger.
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