With so many record stores just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment in Long Beach, I wish I wouldn’t have waited to long to partake in Record Store Day. RSD 2014, held on April 19, was an amazing day full of digging through crates, getting acquainted with new shops and hobnobbing with the greats. OK, it was just one great — Chuck D from pioneering hip-hop duo Public Enemy — but it was nothing short of amazing.
FINGERPRINTS MUSIC: As fate would have it, the BF and I rolled into this always bustling spot and were able to meet THE Chuck D. And I happened to buy the last vinyl copy of It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, which I had autographed by him.
Here is Dash with the famous emcee. It was refreshing to see such a genuine spirit within someone so prominent — an overall great, personable guy. This was a day we’ll never forget!
See more RSD 2014 highlights from my vantage point after the jump.
BAGATELLE RECORDS: I’m so shamed that this record store is two blocks from my place but never took the time to go in. This place has vinyl literally wall to wall.
I’ll definitely be coming back when I have more time to dig for some gems.
Had to get Janet Jackson’s Control in the meantime.
THIRD EYE RECORDS: A brisk bike ride away, this store takes the cake for visual merchandising with its excellent display of rare images from your favorite artists.
Wanted to get Eddie Murphy’s Party All the Time but had a hunch I could find it elsewhere cheaper than the $5 asking price.
So I settled instead for this rare find: the late great comedian Redd Foxx’s Laff Along With Foxx, a steal at just 99 cents!