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Hi all,

The eighth annual Record Store Day (RSD) is set for this Saturday, and Eric
Harvey, Pitchfork contributor/Assistant Professor of Communication at Weber
State University, wrote an interesting article about RSD:
http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/736-record-store-day-and-the-ambivalent-branding-of-independence/

I regularly visit record stores to look for and buy used vinyl, I
occasionally purchase select new releases with accompanying download cards,
and I've attended three consecutive RSDs, but I'm not sure I'll participate
in RSD this year. The manufactured exclusivity of the often overpriced
records and their unequal distribution/availability are problematic.

What do you all think about this recorded sound holiday?

Sincerely,

Eric Cartier
Digital Librarian
University of Maryland Libraries