For the first time in two years, I did not get to Grimey’s before it opened on Record Store Day. Arriving twenty minutes after meant that I spent two hours in a line going around the block in order to get a look at the limited edition vinyl. That’s not a complaint–we participate in Record Store Day because we want to celebrate physical formats, and if we’re going to consecrate a whole day to it, then it’s worth waiting for. As Nashville’s preeminent record shop, Grimey’s goes all out, and it truly is something special. The selection of special RSD releases wasn’t quite what I’d hoped it would be by the time I got my chance, as I was hoping to get the Yeasayer and Kills singles, but I managed to pick up vinyl from James Blake, Adele, Peter Bjorn and John, Matt and Kim, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling/Mumford & Sons and Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu.
In a collaboration with the Nashville Film Festival at Grimey’s, I also managed to catch most of the screening of Broke*, a documentary discussing the shifting definition of what it means to “break” an artist. It features contributions from industry workers, artists such as John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, and many more people just trying to keep their music going. Director Will Gray was hanging out afterward, and I got to briefly chat with him about Tyler, the Creator’s single-album deal and the disposable nature of certain performers.
Afterward, I headed to Jack White’s Third Man Records, primarily because the grilled cheese truck was parked there and Benton’s bacon is an incredible experience.
The main event there was a Jerry Lee Lewis show, which ended up getting canceled, but the mobile record shop was out in all its color-coordinated glory.
I returned to Grimey’s in time to catch a set by Atlanta band Carnivores, who I still need to remember to check out.
Hunx and his Punx also performed, which was more fun than I expected.
Another fun thing Grimey’s did was host a signing session with Matt and Kim, whom I genuinely believe make the world a better place.
In summation, Record Store Day is my favorite holiday dedicated to materialism.