I decided to "celebrate" Record Store Day by going to the legendary Waterloo Records in Austin. I felt energetic and decided to get to the store about a half-hour early. Much to my surprise and consternation, the line wrapped around the entire city block nearly to the door of the store. I was just as surprised to walk into the store about 10 minutes after opening to nearly standing room only as people slid up and down each aisle to look at all the vinyl releases that came out today including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Abba, Captain Beefheart, etc.http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
It was madness. I grabbed about 10 records including a Japanese reissue of Eno's "Another Green World" and attempted to checkout. The line wrapped around the interior wall of the building to the other corner of the store opposite from the cash register.
After I waited approximately 20 mins and the line had moved about 1 foot, I calculated that I would be in line for about 2-3 hours before I could even see the cash register.
The mission was then aborted. I unbagged my booty and walked out into the cool, sunny weather.
I then drove over to a smaller record store near my home but I couldn't find a parking spot!
Not a very successful RSD for me, but it DOES indicate the power of vinyl in Austin.