As most of you may know, this past Saturday was Record Store Day, an industry holiday created to boost sales for independent record stores by releasing limited exclusive records to physical shops across the world. I took part in Record Store Day, and here’s what I was able to come up with.


I drove for four hours and hit up Shake It Records in Cincinnati with the intention of getting the RSD exclusive releases in Between the Buried and Me‘s The Anatomy Of and Linkin Park‘s Hybrid Theory (shut up; dat nostalgia). Unfortunately, they were both sold out by the time I got into town that afternoon. It was a huge bummer (especially missing out on the BTBAM record, which would have completed my vinyl discography of theirs), but I made it out with two other exclusives I had an interest in: Coheed and Cambria‘s The Afterman: Descension Big Beige Demos and All That Remains’ The Fall of Ideals. I would have picked up BTBAM’s Parallax Box Set, but it was ~$80 and I had them both on vinyl anyway. I also ended up picking up Nachtmystium‘s Silencing Machine and Obscura‘s Omnivium, the latter of which is out of print. SCORE.

Death to All happened to be playing in town that night as well, so I scheduled an interview with Paul Masvidal (coming soon!). While at the show, I approached the merch booth at Bogart’s with the intention of grabbing opening act Anciients‘ debut album Heart of Oak, and sure enough, they had it on sale. As soon as I threw down the money, I glanced over to see that they were also selling a signed test pressing of Cynic‘s debut album Focus for $30. To make it sweeter, it was signed by Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert.  I bummed some money from my lovely girlfriend (look at how I suck up) and made the purchased. It turns out I bought the last one. MAJOR SCORE.

So tell me, what kind of haul did you come away with? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, let me know if anyone has a spare copy of Anatomy Of that isn’t at a ridiculously inflated price. I am please to be make purchase thnx.

– JR


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