Record Store Day leaves Eastside music lovers spinning with anticipation *

Photo by Carlos Ubeda/Flickr

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.


  1. I’m not a record enthusiast but I love local businesses so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the record store nearest to my house – Mono Records http://www.facebook.com/MONORECORDSLOSANGELES


    Not sure if they’re participating but maybe some intrepid shopper will find out!

  2. Eastsider – that is so cool of you to shop the vinyl for your nephews! Best Uncle ever! 🙂

  3. I hope DJ Bento Box was able to pick up some of those limited edition player hating jams on multi-colored vinyl at his local record shop, while simultaneously scoffing at everyone else in line. Rumor has it that his skillz iz wick wick wack.

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