SeeYou CD and Vinyl
This year’s Record Store Day fell on a beautiful, sunny (if a little cold) Saturday, a perfect day for wandering the streets of downtown Urbana. Conveniently the location of SeeYou CD and Vinyl, the new vinyl and cassette shop on Main Street is right in the heart of the downtown area.
SeeYou has been open for about a year and a half now, and this was its second official Record Store Day in Chambana. They celebrated in style, opening at 7 A.M. for the go-getter vinylheads, and keeping the good times rolling with a concert/shindig starring local acts at Sipyard across the street starting around 4.
By the time I stopped in around 2, almost all of the exclusives had been sold out, and a bunch of used records they had gotten the day before were also gone. Selling out too quickly is a good problem for a record store to have — and it’s one that SeeYou has been having a lot.
The store is very active on social media and is always open to taking requests from fans, as well as having spontaneous sales or giving out hauls of used records for free. If you haven’t been over there yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
Exile on Main Street
Saturday marked the tenth year Champaign’s Exile on Main Street participated in Record Store Day. The store’s owner, Jeff Brandt, always looks forward to the energy and wildness that comes along with the growing holiday’s festivities.
Even though Ebertfest and the Illini Marathon also took place on Saturday morning, he was sure that Record Store Day would hold up to be the craziest day of the Exile’s year.
Brandt appreciates how Exile serves as a meeting place for people to come together and enjoy the company of others who share a love of music.
“There is no other day we see so many people so happy to be in, and hang out in, a record store,” Brandt said.
Live music has been part of the Exile Record Store Day experience since their second year participating. This year was no different, as many local and a handful of national artists came out to perform for eager shoppers. Customers that entered the store were welcomed with music on the indoor stage or were enticed inside from bands that played right outside the entrance.
Short sets and quick changes between acts allowed for performances to last for more than 12 hours.
On Saturday, Exile opened its doors at 7 a.m., and Brandt was sure that many exclusive releases would be snatched within the first hour. Records from artists like Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, The Notorious B.I.G. , Prince and The Ramones were what he suspected people sought out the most.
A list of photos was posted on the store’s Facebook page indicating what limited edition records they had available. Though many of the popular names are already gone, there is still a chance that some are still sitting on the shelves.
The excitement and anticipation for Record Store Day from customers gets bigger every year. Brandt has gotten better knowing what to expect.
“It’s best to just try to get ready as best you can and then let it all just happen and roll with the punches in real time,” Brandt said.