By: Ryan Cox
While we're covering weekend two of Coachella, it's no surprise that the Zia Records' pop-up store was swarming with eager music lovers on Saturday for Record Store Day, hoping to scoop up some of those re-released and hard to-find aural gems. Hell, people were just eager to spend hard earned cash on something tangible to commemorate a weekend dedicated to raging in the sun with their favorite bands.
The festivities also brought out a variety of signings from artists like Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Moby, and The Wombats that caused a flurry of record sales since that's the only way to participate in such meet and greets. Clever marketing as most of the high want items sold out fairly quickly.
We stalked a few people throughout the day to see what they were acquiring in the desert. Some got luckier than others.
OC Weekly (Ryan Cox): What release were you most excited about for Record Store Day 2013?
I was trying to pick up the re-issue of At the Drive-in's Relationship of Command. It sold out since they only offered like 120-copies.
Will you still participate and buy something?
Well, everyday is like Record Store Day for me since I'm a full-time vinyl fanatic, but I'll still probably pick up a bunch of stuff.
Anything you were yearning to buy today
I was really excited for Booka Shades Blackout: White Noise EP, but of course, it sold out already.
So what are you buying instead?
Martin: Some La Roux, Dog Blood, Rusko, Cypress Hill, Chemical Brothers and Kaskade.
What makes you want to buy these on vinyl versus just downloading them at home?
Vinyl sounds way better and it's more fun. You actually get to flip through all of your records to find the one that you want to listen to; then you have to flip the record over to keep listening to it. It's like an emotional experience.
Are you an avid collector of vinyl, or is this just something that you're doing because it's Record Store Day?
I do so on a normal basis, but I'm probably going to spend more money today than I would have if it were any other day.
What are you procuring for this special day?
The Wombat's album since they're going to be here momentarily to sign it and some Sly and the Family Stone because it's special with unreleased versions of "I Want to Take You Higher." I grabbed Social Distortion, because, well I just love them.
Why do you buy records at Coachella?
I can find things that I couldn't anywhere else, especially in San Jose where I'm from. There's not a huge selection of great and off-beat vinyl up there.
What are you buying today?
A new Howlin' Wolf album because I wanted to hear how it sounded on vinyl. I'm also buying Modest Mouse's No One's First and Your Next. I already have it on CD, but I like the sound of the vinyl version better.
Anything you missed that you wished you had gotten your hands on?
After You from Pulp, but it sold out.