|For anyone who ever wondered what Vortex looks like a 6am!|
Feeling like quite the crazy person, he was relived as the crowd built up and kept an elite circle of 4 or was it 5 dry and talking up who was there for what. One was fellow blogger and hardcore collector DBD, also a guy who drove in from St-Catherines - he had mentioned that upon some internet research and some email correspondences he thought that Vortex was going to be his best bet based on the great customer service and detailed updated website.
Once the crowd built up to about 30 people it was just about go time - the buzz of talking about great finds with other collectors and discussing numbers a bit can range from someone with 500 to 4,000, and they can all also admit to wanting more and not seeing an end number in sight... As the door opened to interrupt the great conversations that were being held we were welcomed up the stairs and all headed in separate directions, diving for the sought-after RSD items.
Although there was no buyer's regret in the Rev. Jred's choices, there was a case of frugal regret - upon leaving the store without blowing the entire budget found just about enough for one more... Mind boggling when thinking about all the items he had passed up... In any case there is always tomorrow - who knows? The sun may even come out tomorrow because the decision to go back to Vortex an hour upon returning hame was initially kiboshed by the thoughts of going back into the cold nasty weather. And yet he did go back for one more...
Grinderman Evil 12" Limited 1000 SPARKLE RED! as well as a CD of the tracks for those times the Questers get stuck in Evil traffic. The remixes on the two 12" are more like covers of the songs - the "Silver Alert" remix Featuring Matt Beringer is possibly the scariest song ever, next to the First Evil track which sounds like a crazy biker ritual that you just want to either run away from or take part in.
Grinderman Palaces of Montezuma ANTI- 12" Limited 1000, Super Duper Multi colored vinyl, first like it in the Questers' collection. The Barry Adamson remix is epic and sounds like a religious experience, as well there is a hauntingly beautiful cover of When My Baby Comes by Cat's Eyes.
Gorillaz The Fall Virgin LP Limited 2000 (#0697), Neato album - quite a few instrumental jams with some melodic dancy songs as well. They recorded this on the Road during a North American tour using a mix mash of portable instruments as well as apps on the iPad.
Bibio/Clark Willenhall/Baskerville Grinch - Split 12 inch Warp Records 12 inch Limited 500, Grimy electro-goodness, making the teeth clench slightly and nose furl with a steady head bob, the Rev.Jred will be wanting more of where this came from.
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We hope that RSD 2011 was a good thing for Vortex and all the other record stores that took part. Breathing life and new interest into these fine institutions. Also the beauty of Vinyl and that it is not a dead form of media.
Did you have a good RSD? What were your favorite releases this year? Let us know in the comments below. Love to hear it!