Photo: Patti Smith, New York, NY (2000) by Danny Clinch
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once proclaimed, "Without music, life would be a mistake." Needless to say, we couldn't agree more.
Soundtracking our nearly every waking moment (and plenty of those sleeping as well), the medium is arguably art's most visceral and democratic; as such, we'd be remiss not to return the favor and pay it forward this Saturday, September 26, 2020 by taking part in Record Store Day. Playing a pivotal role in the global revitalization of vinyl record sales since its 2008 inauguration, Record Store Day supports artists and independent music stores with special events and exclusive, limited edition releases which pique the interest of collectors and casual music fans alike.
Furthermore, with COVID-19 to blame for the 2020 postponement of Record Store Day and music culture at large, its delayed arrival is not only all the more welcomed but moreover reinvigorated with certain urgency as life, liberty and the pursuit of music feel all the more precious at this present moment. For these reasons, we've called upon some MHG staffers to select their top picks from the impressive list of highly-anticipated releases coming to a record store near you this weekend. Giving form to function, they're even weighing in on where they will be celebrating Record Store Day 2020 from New York to Los Angeles in hopes of seeing you there. As diversified in their music tastes as their many individual talents and favorite photographs, here's what they had to say...
"I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends. -Penny Lane. This quote hits home for me on this day because I have been dying to visit my friends at The Record Parlour in Hollywood! Some of my top favorite friends that have gotten me through this not so fortunate year are the likes of David Bowie when I am feeling up for a dance, The Allman Brothers Band Live for some evening whiskey sippin' on the patio and The Black Keys on a morning run to pump me up for the day. Go out and celebrate Record Store Day with us today!"
Casey Kaplan, Gallery & Sales Director, Los Angeles
1. David Bowie, I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)
2. The Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore West 1-31-71
3. Black Keys, Let's Rock
"Rough, alternate takes from Fleetwood Mac certainly top the list for me when it comes to heavy rotation go-to. I'm also a total sucker for a good yé-yé compilation when I'm feeling groovy or the transportive quality of a live concert album from the late-great Hank Williams which harkens back to an altogether different era of rock & roll. With these and a few other must-haves missing from my growing vinyl collection, I'll be celebrating Record Store Day 2020 in the heart of Greenwich Village with a trip to Generation Records on Thompson St."
Daniel Walters, Content Director
1. Fleetwood Mac, The Alternate Rumours
2. Various Artists, Psyché France vol. 6 (1960-70)
3. Hank Williams, March of Dimes
“I’ve loved vinyl since I was a little girl getting to flip through my parents' classic collection. It ranged in genres and time periods. I remember first hearing the deep, mysterious hypnotic voice of Jim Morrison spilling out and hissing from record to speakers, One is to love your neighbor till his wife gets home...These days locally, I love Cosmic Vinyl. They have cool shows (pre & hopefully post pandemic of course) and are your one stop shop for Vinyl, Cassettes and and audio gear right in Echo Park.”
Paige Califano, Director of Website Operations
1. The Doors, The Soft Parade
2. Lee Fields, Let's Get a Groove On
3. Fleetwood Mac, The Alternative Rumors
"As I prefer to support local record shops such as Generation Records in West Village, here are a few New York based artist vinyls to look out for this Saturday."
Marcelle Murdock, Gallery Director, New York City
1. Jimi Hendrix, "Message to Love"/ "Changes" Live
2. Nas, God's Son
3. The Notorious B.I.G., It Was All A Dream 1994-1999
"The therapeutic effect of flipping through bins and crates of beloved records at The Record Parlour in search of the perfect album has always been a special experience for me. But as much as I love the whole process, the most satisfying part is always the moment of anticipation right before the opening notes begin to play on really great speakers for the very first time."
Jamie Bucherer, Sales Manager, Los Angeles
1. Jerry Garcia, The Very Best of Jerry Garcia
2. Primus, Suck on This
3. Hank Wiliiams, March of Dimes