Record Store 2017 is back again celebrating all things great about music and in particular the love for vinyl records. It’s all about celebrating the indie record store but just as important is the increasing online presence with stores such as Adelaide based The Muses. More recently they have started a pop up store at Espresso Royale (at 357 Magill Road, St Morris). Paul and Tori Vallen share a few words about what Record Store Day means to them and what they have got planned for the day.

How are excited are The Muses about RSD 2017?
We’re super excited here at Muses land. We’ve had a great last couple of years with it when we’ve done one day pop ups, and now that we have a semi permanent home at the moment in Espresso Royale, we’re even more excited!

What do you think this year’s top picks are?
For me, the top picks from this year’s local lists include the first Elton live album from 1970. Piano, bass, drums and all of them singing. It’s gold. Hoping to get my hands on a Dark Crystal soundtrack too.

Is frustrating about those touts who exploit RSD by selling exclusives on eBay?
Yeah it is frustrating. We had some bits leftover from last year’s RSD, but rather than try and exploit on eBay, we held on to them and offered them at our next pop up. We discounted the price, not increased though!

What’s your best buy from RSD?
My best buy was maybe the force awakens picture disc that came out last year. Huge Star Wars fan and it was nice to add that to the collection of nic-nacs.

Do you think online customers are more savvy or selective when it comes to purchasing for RSD?
Hmmm, hard to say on that one. When you look online and see the huge amount of titles being released worldwide, it’s easy to get excited and get your highlighter out. The reality is that these things are sooo limited and a lot of the American stuff doesn’t even leave the country. Makes it hard to be selective when there’s not as much on offer on the day in an actual physical store. Also unfortunately leads people to places like eBay if it’s something by their favourite artist that didn’t get a look in in Australia.

How do music lovers find out more about what they can buy from the Muses for RSD? Any other online specials?
Well we’re trying to scrounge for as much as we can! Unfortunately it’s very pot luck as to what we’ll get. The record labels try to be very fair in their distribution but a lot of the time the stock lands with them from overseas the week before the day. One thing I must add is the increase in cost price of these titles.

This day has been going for 10 years now and if you look at the prices of things like 7″ singles from then to now, you’d faint. It’s a bit more than inflation! But again with things being pressed exclusively for the day in super limited numbers, it is what it is. We’re making an effort this year to be fairer than fair with our prices, so I recommend everyone starting the day off at The Muses!!

Interview by Rob Lyon

Record Store Day at The Muses
Espresso Royale Coffee Shop
357 Magill Road, St Morris

HOW THEY’RE CELEBRATING:

  • Exclusive, coloured, special edition and deluxe RSD titles from the likes of Bowie, Prince, Toto, The Who, Lou Reed, Motorhead, Ben Folds, The Flaming Lips, THE LIST GOES ON. (Seriously, it does. Check it out, below.)
  • Oodles o’ new & second hand wax
  • Turntables and accessories for sale on the day – fantastic prices (Audio-technica, Crosley and Vinyl Styl and more!)
  • The vibe. THE VIBE! Record-flipping, finding gems in crates, animated chats between collectors, dancing (if you’re that way inclined)
  • Sausage sizzle to fuel your rabid record store antics
  • Live music in the backyard 11am – 2pm
  • Door prizes, giveaways, lucky dip
  • Eats & drinks including the BEST coffee in the world courtesy of Espresso Royale

FOR THE KIDS:

  • Face painting
  • Rock’n’roll colouring in sheets
  • Treasure hunt
  • Hang out in the back garden, play in the cubby house while mum and dad enjoy the tunes

More info at The Muses

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