Saturday morning will find many record fans descending on their favorite independent music stores to pick up new vinyl and CD releases timed to take advantage of Record Store Day. The Eastside has emerged as a vinyl record shopping zone, with shops from Echo Park and Silver Lake to Eagle Rock and Highland Park planning to sell limited edition records and stage special events on Saturday. How popular is Record Store Day? Echo Park’s Origami Vinyl Record is opening four hours early and will try to prevent its sliver of a storefront from getting too crowding by letting in shoppers in 10 at a time “to ensure a pleasurable experience.”
The Eastsider will be out there on Record Store Day trying to squeeze into the shops to please indie-music loving nephews who live in an apparently vinyl-poor part of Southern California. The shopping list includes records from The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem and Destroyer. Wish me luck.
* Update: Success, sort of. After waiting in line for one hour and 15 minutes outside of Vacation Vinyl in Silver Lake, and then after another hour-long wait inside the store, The Eastsider emerged with a Flaming Lips album. Shoppers showed up more than two hours before the 10 a.m. store opening, when the line of customers (pictured below) stretched around the corner.