Record Store Day 2011: Hot Sellers, Highlights from St. Louis

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As we have already mentioned, Record Store Day 2011 was a massive success, with a couple local stores suggesting it may have been their biggest sales day ever. Most places did plenty to give back to their rabid patrons, offering free food, beer, live music and local celebrity DJ sets throughout the day (and, in the case of Euclid Records, the weekend). Below, check out a few of the top sellers and some days highlights from the friendly proprietors of the three largest record stores in town.

Apop Records

Quickest Sellers:
13th Floor Elevators Wait for My Love 7"
Daft Punk Tron 10" Picture Disc
Fela Kuti 7"

"I thought that it was going to be pretty big beforehand. Weeks ahead, I noticed a lot more bands and labels were doing things targeted for Record Store Day," says Tiffany Minx. "I think the whole young people getting into records thing is reaching a climax. We sold twice as much stuff as last year.

Probably the highlight of the day was when Shaved Women played. It was just retarded. The whole day was just a total blur. I think everyone had a really great time."

Vintage Vinyl

Quickest Sellers:
Foo Fighters Medium Rare
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"/"Heroes and Villains" 78RPM vinyl single
Syd Barrett An Introduction To Syd Barrett

"We got way more stuff than last year and we have way less stuff left. Easily the busiest day in the last ten years," says Matt Harnish. "Everybody had different ideas of what the hot release was."

Harnish notes that the Starbucks employee working on Saturday told him people were already waiting in line at 5:30 a.m.

Euclid Records

Quickest Sellers:
Big Star Third Test Pressing Edition
Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"/"Heroes and Villains" 78RPM vinyl single
Foo Fighters Medium Rare
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Green Day/Husker Du Split 7"

"It was our biggest day ever," says Neil Landow. "Everything did great. All we have left is odds and ends."

Of the store's continued celebration of the holiday into Sunday, Landow say, "Obviously it wasn't anything like the first day, mostly because things were gone." Still, he adds, "It was three times the business as a normal Sunday."

And some final, vitally important parting words from Neil Landow: "Don't forget us the other 364 days of the year. We're here for you."



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Bethbombara
Bethbombara

Well, I'm very sad I missed this because I was out of town. Glad it was even better than last year!

anonymous
anonymous

Very happy with my Greg Dulli covering Eddie Hinton record.

Missed a great day
Missed a great day

I had 2 soccer games, driving for a girl scout event and being a house tour guide - so no chance to get to RSD. Of course I will rectify this by heavily investing in vinyl and clear my calendar next year....Glad to hear it went so well. And surely the Record Exchange has more vinyl than both Apop and VV, quite possibly more than Euclid? Not the new release stuff though...

Pancake Master
Pancake Master

Oh yeah, I scored a three-dollar copy of DEGENEROTIC DOSES by the Electric (you know, Pro-Vel Records catalogue number PVR-003?) at Apop, and otherwise partied there from noon onward, so I clearly had probably one of the best days of 2011 that could be expected. At least until my birthday party makes every other party look like a walk in the park. Also, I love walks in the park.

Elliot M. Rauscher
Elliot M. Rauscher

Seriously, one of the best days ever. I just had time to hit up Euclid Records, and based on the atmosphere and mood of the place, I'd say there wasn't a single person there having a bad time. Everybody - and I mean everybody - was being helpful and courteous at the special release table. Crowds like Wal Mart the day after Thanksgiving without the trampling and fist fights, and all in celebration of local, independent business. Can't wait for next year!

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