The sixth annual Record Store Day kicked off early this morning at Amoeba Hollywood, with some folks getting in line for the limited RSD releases as early as midnight the night before. We started passing out the RSD menus around 7:30am, shortly before the steaming hot Coffee Bean coffee and pastries arrived to fortify the early birds in line.
Huge thanks to the Coffee Bean for providing our customers (and our staff) with hot coffee and delicious pastries this morning. Happy 50th anniversary, CBTL!!
As in years past, we collected the menus and began filling orders, letting the first wave of RSD customers in around 9:30am. The hot titles were gone in a flash - the Drive soundtrack LP, Bayside Live at The Bayside Social Club LP, Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun 10", Title Fight/Touche Amore split 7", Dave Matthews Band, Their They're There LP, the Poltergeist soundtrack, Captain Beefheart's Frank Freemans Dance Club LP, Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die LP, and many, many more.
Checking the master menu in front of Amoeba Hollywood
Passing out RSD menus
The doors opened at around 10:15am with regular shoppers streaming in to take advantage of our sales and browse the racks for the goodies we promised would hit the floor for the first time today. The RSD line continued alongside Ivar with one side of the registers handling that line and the other side of the registers handling the regular shoppers. A carefully orchestrated system designed to keep everyone moving as smoothly as possible.
At noon we started our live silk screening from our old friends at Family Industries, with generous help from Anti- / Epitaph Records. At 1pm, the prize wheel opened and for just $1 a spin you could win items from the Natural History Museum, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The MELT grilled cheeses, cool t-shirts, Amoeba goodies and more. All proceeds from the silk screening and the prize wheel are going to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.