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I’ve previously blogged on how invaluable Record Store Day is to the music industry (see two previous blogs); it’s an excellent idea with the shops having DJs and acts instore, and even a sausage sizzle.
But I have to say that the pricing of some items left me a bit deflated afterwards. I appreciate that vinyl is costlier than CDs and that there will be a markup from items coming from overseas. But there was quite a disparity in pricing. At one store in Wellington the Joy Division EP, an Ideal for P1060884Living reissue, was being sold for $40 (£20), which for four tracks did seem a bit steep. Nevertheless, I had a budget and was under that at the time so paid for it. I was unhappy therefore to find the next day at another store that it was being sold for $17. This is a store that is able to buy bulk and sell on for less than most stores, but it was still a big difference.
It is also easy to get sucked into the ‘Record Store Day only release’ ethos. I got the new 7” single by The Phoenix Foundation, Bob Lennon John Dylan/ Asswipe for $20. Three days after Record Store Day an email was issued by Universal Music New Zealand announcing the release of the Tom’s Lunch EP, that included both the above tracks, plus three others.
This is on CD and all digital formats. Many fans will prefer these formats but the Phoenix Foundation do have a large fanbase that buy their material on vinyl, so they are effectively losing out on three tracks that fill out the EP, or spend up to obtain the full release.
Nonetheless, aside from these grips I can’t speak more highly of Record Store Day. It is an idea born of changing buying tastes but is also born of a commitment to vinyl and quality music.

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Some artefacts purloined from Slow Boat records and Rough Peel in Wellington, on Saturday. Altogether this pretty wee pile could have paid for the car registration and left me with enough for an AA membership. So, money well spent.

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The legendary Flying Nun release with The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones and the Verlaines. Choice.

Joy Division: An Ideal For Living EP. Say no more.

Joy Division: An Ideal For Living EP. Say no more.

The first band of Shayne Carter who later formed Straitjacket Fits. One of the first Flying Nun releases.

The first band of Shayne Carter who later formed Straitjacket Fits. One of the first Flying Nun releases.

One I really wasn't expecting to see. A collection of rarities, some of which I have heard, some I don't even know about. Not new, has been doing the rounds, but I saw this for the first time on Saturday.

One I really wasn’t expecting to see. A collection of rarities, some of which I have heard, some I don’t even know about. Not new, has been doing the rounds, but I saw this for the first time on Saturday.

Paul Weller double A-sided single. Like last year's special 7" issue I expect this to be a corker.

Paul Weller double A-sided single. Like last year’s special 7″ issue I expect this to be a corker.

A true punk classic, from 1978. Hearing this was being released after all these years made my knees wobble. Fantastic insert and postcard too.

A true punk classic, from 1978. Hearing this was being released after all these years made my knees wobble. Fantastic insert and postcard too.

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