RECORD STORE DAY BRINGS OUT SOME RAD ART.
Once a year, thousands of music lovers around the world come together to support and celebrate their local, independent record shops. The event is called Record Store Day. Every year on the third Saturday of April, you can find many of these record stores promoting their own awesome parties to celebrate with exclusive, never-before vinyl releases, in-store performances, artist signing, and even art exhibits. This past Saturday marked the 8th year since it’s existence.. and from the looks of it, it’s been getting bigger every year.
For the last three years on Record Store Day, my friends and I would hit up our local shops to scope out all the new releases and re-releases from our favorite artists .. and also to see who could find the best looking vinyl artwork to hang on our walls. This year I decided to do my searching in Los Angeles. I started my quest early at Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, afterwards made my way over to Vacation Vinyl in Silverlake, and ended my search at the legendary Amoeba Records in Hollywood. After more than half a day of going through endless crates and alphabetized cd shelves, I was pretty stoked on what I found. Loads of amazing artwork from artists I absolutely loved and even artists I never heard of. (I admit, I bought a few vinyls to hang on my wall not because I liked the music on it, but because the artwork was so dope) Anyways, here’s a few of the raddest ones I found, including the new Interpol X OBEY 7-inch collaboration. Check them out.
One of my absolute faves was the heart shaped 7″ released by Father John Misty (ex Fleet Foxes… RIP) of his single “I loved you, Honeybee”. Front man and mastermind J Tillman never ceases to amaze me, on and off stage. Here’s a little preview of the vinyl in action: