Cactus music in Houston was full of 20 somethings, and the music was
loud and obnoxious enough to drive me out of the store.
>By the way, I should mention that the _overwhelming_ majority of
>folks who turned up at Gerosa Records in CT for RSD were definitely
>square in the ARSC likely demographic -- middle-aged dudes sporting
>ample guts, some pony tails and generally dressed somewhat sloppy.
>In other words, fellow collectors! I overheard some in-depth
>conversations about specific pressings of specific albums and the
>like. The guy ahead of me got to talking about old Quad records and
>I knew immediately, kindered spirits. Turns out this guy and I own
>many of the same SACD and DVD-A multi-channel reissues. He was
>waiting in line specifically to get the Metallica album (success)
>and the Little Richard album (we both got shut out because Gerosa
>didn't order any copies of that one). He also took a gamble on the
>Refused LP and I wonder if his tastes run hardcore enough to be
>-- Tom Fine
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2012 7:17 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record Store Day and - "ARSCers"
>>There were some retro items in the RSD selections, reissues of old
>>Vanguard albums plus old Stax/Atlantic singles, and a vinyl issue
>>of Dr. John's new album, not to mention a red vinyl limited edition
>>RSD exclusive of Little Richard's first LP, newly reissued. For
>>early-middle-aged among us, Uncle Tupelo was likely on the radar in
>>college times and now their first 3 albums are back out in vinyl.
>>For the younger among us, punk and speed-metal fans, Refused is
>>back together and touring, and their superb album, "The Shape of
>>Punk To Come" (which had totally escaped my worldview back in 1998)
>>was an RSD exclusive as a 2LP red vinyl reissue. Remember, that was
>>14 years ago it was issued, so when it was current, the likely fan
>>base from that time is now in their late 20's to mid 30's. An old
>>40-something like me wasn't following Swedish speed metal in the
>>late 90's, although apparently I should have been! Funny thing,
>>what caught my attention was the retro-appreciating album cover and
>>title (the title is an adaption of an Ornette Coleman album and the
>>graphics are lifted from the style of old Columbia jazz albums
>>including the "stereo 360" logo). Liking the music was a bonus,
>>making the $30 well spent.
>>By the way, one could easily count the Metallica RSD vinyl album as
>>"retro" since they were in their heyday when I was in college back
>>in the mid-80's. That's a generation ago now, hence retro for sure.
>>-- Tom Fine
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Ramm" <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:04 PM
>>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record Store Day and - "ARSCers"
>>>Cary wrote:"I have seen nothing in the way of new compilations of material
>>>on vinyl or reissues of classic jazz,
>>>Broadway, country, or even generic pop. The Record Store Day releases,
>>>aside from the occasional
>>>"novelty" issue of something on 78 (the Beach Boys' 78 of "Good
>>>Vibrations" last year comes to
>>>mind), are still of little interest to ARSCers - at least from a West
>>>While I'm sure I know where you are coming from in your comment Cary, I
>>>think that if the term "ARSCers" will always be defined as those who collect
>>>recordings (including CDs) pressed before 1980 or so (or even before 2000)
>>>then ARSC needs to broden its exposure to new collectors. We have
>>>Uncle Dave Lewis who give a classical music AND a punk rock paper at an
>>>ARSC Conference (great jobs on both!) but not everyone is UDL.
>>>Are the folks
>>>who really flock RSD ARSC member (and hence ARSCLIst member) possibilities?
>>>I understand the 78-L listserve members (many who are here) but it seems
>>>to me that we should be as diverse as the MLA listsefe - and,
>>>sore since many of the MLA folks work with sound recordings as part of the
>>>JOB and not hobby (and probably could care less about RSD).
>>>What I thought was the dumbest RSD move was for Tompkins Square records to
>>>press 500 78s and send to the stores. They probably could have produced
>>>2,000 or more and sold them. They'd make a nice profit and collectors would
>>>thank them. Instead those "resellers" who grabbed the 500 will put on eBay
>>>and Tompkins Square won't see a penny. We only had one (out of of 6
>>>independent record stores within blocks of my house) participate
>>>in RSD and they had
>>>basically no "special product).