Record Store Day celebrates vinyl
BY GARY CHUN / firstname.lastname@example.org
Three independently owned retailers in Hawaii will participate in this year’s Record Store Day on April 20.
The event is celebrated around the world on the third Saturday of every April, recognizing the unique and supportive “music geek” culture that is integral to the over 700 indie record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
Along with Maui’s Request Music in Wailuku, Oahu’s Hungry Ear Records in Kailua and Jelly’s in Kaka‘ako will sell exclusive, limited edition vinyl and CD (well, mostly vinyl) titles specially released on this day.
“Last year, there were around 400 exclusive releases, and I thought that maxed out,” said Hungry Ear co-owner Ward Yamashita. “But it looks like there are more this year.”
The store has ordered upwards of 1,500 copies of the releases, with some already trickling in from different distributors. But Yamashita said there is no guarantee the orders will be completely filled.
Potential customers with the complete RSD list in hand are already asking for particular records.
“One is the Miles Davis ‘The Kinda Blue Sessions 59’ that are recordings from the classic ‘Kind of Blue’ recording sessions. It’s a vinyl LP limited to only 200 copies,” said Yamashita.
Hopefully much more readily available will be three of Davis’ licensed records from Columbia/Legacy, pressed on “180-gram audiophile vinyl”: “Round About Midnight,” “Milestones” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
The label will also release classic albums from Aerosmith and Cypress Hill. And not only 12-inch records will be available, but 7-inch singles, such as a limited number of a Jimi Hendrix 45, “Hey Joe” b/w “Stone Free,” made from original 1966 monaural mixes.
Other RSD releases Yamashita hopes to receive include a re-release of an out-of-print recording featuring a reunited Cream playing the Royal Albert Hall in 2005, now in a 3×12” box pressed on white vinyl; a 7-inch single of Bob Dylan’s “Wigwam;” an 7-inch EP of “5 X 5” from the Rolling Stones circa 1964; The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic debut “Ready to Die” on vinyl; and both on colored vinyl, The White Stripes’ “Elephant” and The Cure’s “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.”
“Two releases that should sell well are the new Mumford & Sons’ ‘Live at Bull Moose’ that will be available on both CD and 10-inch vinyl; and a deluxe reissue of Phish’s ‘Lawn Boy’.”
Both Hungry Ear and Jelly’s will have in-store specials on much of their existing inventory during the sixth annual Record Store Day. Hungry Ear (418 Ku‘ulei Road, 262-2175) will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Jelly’s (670 Auahi St., 587-7001) will extend its hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. DJs will also be spinning at the Kaka‘ako store throughout the day.