I left work at 6:00 am and was ready for my first ever Record Store Day experience to begin. I got on I-40 heading west from Kernersville to Winston-Salem, took the Hanes Mall exit and got EXTREMELY Nervous. How many people had camped out over night and held their spots in line? To my surprise the line wasn’t too bad! Turns out there were only 13 people in front of me.
I had come to Earshot in search of what they had posted the day before saying they didn’t have, the new collaboration album-The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is a collaborative album by The Flaming Lips. Recorded throughout 2011 and 2012, the album was released as a limited edition on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012. featuring Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, New Fumes, Chris Martin
Everyone in the crowd is all talking about this record. Everyone seemed to know something about Wayne Coyne, his crazy house, The Flaming Lips and how this album is so rare, its going to be hard to find and worst of all how they ALL wanted it. I wasn’t going to leave because I had faith that I could get this!!!
Some guy walked up looking for a Phish release and three other guys said that’s what they are going for and he left. It’s worth trying to get it in my opinion, you never know what you may find inside the store!
45 minutes until they open… Oh my gosh come on!!!! A guy showed up and announced that there would be numbers handed out.The numbers also are a way for you to win a $20 gift card for the store that’s pretty cool! They will allow only 10 people in at a time to control the crowd. OK, I’m really not going to get it now! DANG IT!!!
Some older guy behind me a few people was talking about how he saw this band or this band in 1980, 1985, etc. His brain must have been FRIED from too many drugs growing up. He voice had that certain sound to it, you know what I mean…
Ok, time to enter the store…The guy at the door told us they had 14 copies of the Album, YES, unless everyone in front of me gets one and someone gets two I can get it!!!!!
The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends LP
YESSSSSSS I found it!!!! I’m pretty sure I got the LAST one. I was so Happy I had to snap a photo and send it to Melissa! I ended up getting the Flaming Lips/Mastodon “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” split 45 as well.
While I was in line, some lady comes in practically in tears, she wants a Coldplay 45 and cant find it. “Ill bargain with someone, who has it, I Want it so badly” she says. No one answers… she says it again…Some guy holds it up and gives it to her. She rushes to him and hugs him.
This is what Record Store Day is all about, kind of like back at the first Woodstock Music Festival, people taking care of people and being kind to each other; For the love of music. I don’t think I could have given up my Record but I wasn’t tested in that manner at least not this time…
Once I got home and had breakfast with Melissa, we drove out to CFBG in Greensboro, NC in search of Foster The People’s 45 “Broken Jaw”/”Ruby” with no luck. However, we did pick up The Black Keys’ “El Camino” which included the CD version and poster as well!
so Record Store 2012 was a Success all in all for me. I cant wait for next year…