National Record Store Day

The fourth annual National Record Store Day was a fantastic success.  Keeping with tradition, record labels issued super limited edition albums available Saturday only.

Disney released a 10″ picture disc for the occasion – featuring four of Daft Punk’s songs from the TRON: LEGACY soundtrack.  The final track, “Castor” was not available on the original soundtrack, making these discs even more collectible.



“In keeping with its title (and the cutting-edge TRON imagery), TRANSLUCENCE is pressed on translucent vinyl featuring a likeness of the Identity Disks featured in the film and will be available in 3 colors: red, blue and yellow. TRANSLUCENCE is limited to only 6000 manufactured units worldwide – 2000 of each color.”

I’m still trying to gather statistical information, but it appears there were more limited edition releases this year than there were for any of the previous Record Store Days.  This is great news for independent record stores because it’s one more thing they can offer that the big chain stores cannot.

The official Record Store Day website ( has a page filled with quotes from musicians supporting independent record stores.

Tom Waits was quoted saying, “Folks who work here are professors. Don’t replace all the knowers with guessors keep’em open they’re the ears of the town.”

In Buffalo, record fans waited in the rain for 45 minutes outside of Spiral Scratch Records.  We packed the small shop, shuffling past each other, flipping through new releases.

I found a sealed re-issue of Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk and similar issue of Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left.  As much as I’d prefer the original pressing, I couldn’t even afford the new copies, so I left them behind and took home a new Spiral Scratch t-shirt instead.

Later, at Record Theatre on Main I had better luck and found an LP I’d been looking for for over a year for a mere two dollars.

Sweet Cream - Sweet Cream & Other Delights

Sweet Cream & Other Delights is yet another parody cover spoofing Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass and their memorable Whipped Cream LP.  The album has been imitated more than 10 times by other artists.  Check out a few of my favorites below.

pat cooper - spaghetti sauce & other delights

Soul Asylum - clam dip & other delights

Frivolous Five - Sour Cream & Other Delights
For more album cover parodies check out M Patton’s gallery on

I’ve got some really special vinyl planned for this Wednesday night, so stay tuned.

The Hunt Begins

Before I even touched down on Buffalo soil, I began scouring the web for used record shops in the Buffalo area.  The two most promising results were Spiral Scratch (like the Buzzcocks’ EP) on Bryant Street and Record Baron on Delaware Ave.

I’ve since visited both shops and was very happy with what I found.  Spiral Scratch had a copy of Dr. Demento’s Mementos, which features a number of tunes I learned to love from the Friggin’ Here Radio Show on WITR.  “My Wife Left Town With a Banana,” “Space Invaders,” and “My Name is Not Merv Griffin” are just a few of the memorable songs from this record.

Dr Demento's Mementos

Dr Demento's Mementos

Record Baron is nearly the same size as Spiral Scratch, but is absolutely packed wall to wall with LPs.  Every disc is in VG+ to NM condition, and the owner does not waste his time with junk LPs.  He had nearly a dozen Captain Befheart albums, a pile of Parliament Funkadelic, and much more.

I asked about one album in particular from ’72 that I’d been stalking copies of online.  The owner walked over to  a shelf and pulled out a pristine copy for me!

Gentle Giant – Octopus (with die-cut jar cover)

Gentle Giant’s combination of progressive rock and madrigal song was something my father introduced me to 20 years ago.  Below is a clip from the Giant on the Box DVD (recommended for any fans of the band.)

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