Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
Photos by Ryan Stark and Dina Ruedel
Before opening this fine Spring morning, at least 100 rabid record collectors had lined up in front of Amoeba Music in Berkeley to take part in Record Store Day 2010! When we opened our doors, the crowd immediately filed down our "Broadway" display aisle, where they grabbed as many of the exclusive releases for the day as they could.
Some of the hot sellers were the Flaming Lips
performing Pink Floyd
's Dark Side of the Moon
on colored LP, a Fela Kuti
10-inch, a Rolling Stones
7-inch, and a special box set of John Lennon
7-inch singles. Having been in charge of setting up the display both last year and this year, I noticed that there were almost double the amount of releases this year than last year, and the crowd was easily double from last year as well.
I could go on for ages about all the awesome releases that sold out within the first hour (Elvis Presley, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse
, and Soundgarden
reissues, among them), but here at Amoeba Berkeley, Record Store Day wasn't only about the releases. We also had some great DJ's all day long! Starting out the day was Amoeba's own Kyle, who spun garage and punk rock for an hour.