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Record Store Day ’11 Round-Up

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I returned to Grimey’s in time to catch a set by Atlanta band Carnivores, who I still need to remember to check out.

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Hunx and his Punx also performed, which was more fun than I expected.

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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.

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Leisure Reading: New Blur single, M.I.A. vs. Lady Gaga, MGMT, Sondre Lerche, Freelance Whales

Blur are releasing a new single for Record Store Day. Unfortunately, it’s limited to 1,000 copies in the UK, so the rest of us will have to frantically trawl the internet for vinyl-to-mp3 rips. I was too young for their 90s Britpop heyday and didn’t get into Blur until around 2005, but I am stupidly overjoyed. Get on that business, Libertines.

The M.I.A. vs. Lady Gaga feud is making me horribly conflicted. I adore both of them–I still regret missing the opportunity to see M.I.A. two years ago–but this feel vaguely reminiscent of that sort of high school drama situation when your friend starts bad-mouthing one of your other friends in front of you. Both women are extraordinarily talented, but in very different ways. Yes, maybe Gaga makes dance music for drunk people that doesn’t confront any serious political issues, but damn she can sing. As for her image, I interpreted the product placement in the Telephone video as a method of subverting the standard technique by purposely making it obvious. It also remains that huge amounts of people still automatically think of Pineapple Express when they hear M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.” There are good and bad sides to commercial success, and as much as I like M.I.A., Lady Gaga is obviously the bigger player in the game at the moment. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig stated it via Twitter about as well as anyone’s ever going to: “M.I.A. dissing Lady Gaga is like when a dude goes to prison and immediately shivs the baddest dude in the cafeteria…works on TV, but I could imagine it backfiring pretty badly (the shivving not the dissing).” Who’s even been comparing M.I.A. to Gaga in the first place?

On that note, MGMT turned down opening for Lady Gaga. They say you can’t miss what you’ve never had, but that’s a dream-crusher right there. Sure, maybe MGMT want to stay in their underground bunker full of acid, but if they like Gaga enough to reference her in a song title, you’d think they’d be willing to play a few shows with her.

Watch a four-song acoustic set from the always-lovely Sondre Lerche here.

Nitsuh Abebe’s editorial about musical trends and Freelance Whales brings up some interesting points. Personally, I gave the Freelance Whales album a fair few listens, acknowledging that their sound contains many elements similar to various artists I enjoy, but it’s failed to make a serious impression on me.