My son and I have a tradition on Black Friday, Record Store Day. We visit a record store in Connecticut and purchase vinyl Record Store Day recordings. We have done this for five years now. Its a fun hobby that we like to share together.
This year we plan to visit Vinyl Street Cafe, 1895 Post Road, Suite C, Fairfield, CT. This is a new record store for us and we want to support their business. I have been reviewing the store’s Web site and Facebook page in anticipation of the shopping experience. I like that they are very honest with the inventory representation on hand. They have an eBay store which lists their entire inventory saving guess work.
I’m motivated to see a music retailer specializing in vinyl (and other media) open a store front in these times. Its a bold and respected move. Vinyl sales are trending upward and today is an important selling day in that trend line.
Years back I ran a books and record department for Caldor Inc., a discount department store chain. I enjoyed working with book publishers and record company representatives who called at store level. I used to receive free recordings from Capitol Records, CBS Records and other perks. I sure do miss those options. They included free concert tickets and record company events. CBS Records took my wife and I to see Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band for “The Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour at the New Haven Coliseum in 1978. Bruce and the band played for 4 hours that night.I heard he went over to Toads Place after the show and played til closing. It was without a doubt, the best “free” concert we ever witnessed.
I’m in the hunt for several of this year’s Record Store Day Exclusives, Limited Run and First Run recordings. We’ll be shopping later in the day and coping with what is left. We have gotten up super early in the past to get on line to purchase but that experience has typically been unruly and unrewarding.
The store was tucked away in the alley off of US 1. Parking was convenient and adjacent. I loved the serene atmosphere of the store. The record crates were accessible either waist high or kneeling pads were provided for the lower level ground floor viewing. The second half of the store contained a listening room with two different turntable models for sale. We were served hot cider and given fresh dinner rolls made by the owner’s Mother.
My son and I had a nice conversation with the owner, Josh Wright. Our discussion ranged from Chess Records, to the pricing of today’s vinyl market. He showed us the video projector and screen that launches from the ceiling where movies can be shown.
We vowed to return again as we liked the shopping experience a lot.
I scored the RSD Exclusive:
and this “RSD First” Release