Record Store Day @ Other Music, NYC 4/18/09

Record Store Day won’t save indie brick-and-mortar music retailers, but we can all agree it was a lot of fun. Between the exclusive releases and in-store performances and DJ sets, hopefully you found a reason to celebrate your favorite local shop on Saturday. In its third year RSD spread internationally, and had some heavy hitters on board: Dylan, Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, The Smiths, Queen, King Crimson … you know, typical indie stuff. 2009 represent. The exclusives I was trying to snag sold out long before I even got to East Village institution Other Music. Fair enough, early bird gets the Beck/Sonic Youth split 7″. Yet there was still a line just to shop in the store! The last time I waited in line for entry into a record store, I was trying to score Monster tour tickets. DJ sets by Grizzly Bear, The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart, and The Raveonettes ultimately soundtracked my shopping experience, which was was worth the wait. I snapped some pics in the afternoon and was relieved by photographer Ryan Muir for Bill Callahan’s evening set of songs from the avant folkie’s Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle. Déjà vu. Also worth mentioning: the clerks at Other Music are pretentious assholes. Video proof…

When we premiered the video 3+ years ago I was not familiar with (future SNL star) Bobby Moynihan. Wonder whatever happened to that Aziz dude.