Bone Thugs~N~Harmony "Weed Song"
Happy Easter! Happy 420! Both holidays, which fall today: Sunday April 20th 2014, seem almost equally accepted and mainstream, especially in states such as California, Colorado, and Washington. But it wasn't always that day. The first time I personally became aware of the symbolism of 420 and what it meant was back in the mid 90's when I was over in Amsterdam reporting on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During that week of events in the Dutch city long associated with cannabis I noticed how at exactly 4:20pm each afternoon without fail everyone would stop whatever they were doing to spark one up. Of course most stoners don't need an excuse or specific time to remind them of when to indulge in the sticky icky, but that doesn't stop folks from observing the hour of 4:20 (pm or am) as if it were a religious holiday. But weed-lore has it that the time of 4:20 to celebrate weed dates back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt - longtime the epicenter of CA weed growing, a group of friends some folks chose that time of the day to light up. Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time and nowadays it seems everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, are well aware of the meaning of 4:20.
Record collectors and music fans of all stripes came together in the wee hours of April 19 outside of Amoeba Hollywood to get their hands on the super limited edition Record Store Day titles. Some of the hottest sellers of the morning included a glow in the dark Ghostbusters 10" by Ray Parker Jr, the R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions 4-LP box set, a Paramore "broken" 12", and the Cure/Dinosaur Jr split 7". Despite the early hours, there was plenty of enthusiasm, excitement, and camaraderie in the line. And lots and lots of coffee.
Watch our video below to see how the morning unfolded:
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf generously provided coffee for the early birds, helping to fuel their stamina (and ours!).
Our Master of Ceremonies for the day was Mr. Brently Heilbron, a comedian, actor, and original host of our charity auctions, who now lives in Austin, TX.
Record Store Day is still raging at Amoeba San Francisco until we close the doors tonight at 8pm, but the early hours were a magical time for hardcore record collectors and record store enthusiasts. We captured some of that magic in our epic video below. Also scroll down to see some photos of the the biggest and best Record Store Day yet, full of amazing DJs, deals, and the best customers in the world.
Thank you to all of our Record Store Day DJs:
|Andy Cabic of Vetiver|
|Jeff Boom Bostic|
And thank you, record collectors everywhere...
Diggin' in the Hip-Hop 12" Crates At 18 Months - Record Store Day 2014 Amoeba Berkeley