Against Me! – Stabitha Christie 7″ (RSD 2017)

Posted: May 15, 2017 in Vinyl
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Once again I decided to camp out for Record Store Day (RSD), getting to my store 8 ½ hours ahead of opening. I know I said on Twitter that I likely wouldn’t bother with RSD this year, but things changed obviously. That thing was adding more and more things to my list, which ending the debate of do I want to go out for the one thing I know I won’t be able to find online for retail price. I’d rather not spend $30 on something if it means the only thing being sacrificed is a good night’s sleep. If you think I’m crazy for waiting that line and getting to a store that early, keep reading. But I do sleep for at least 2-3 hours of that wait time. If you want to skip this column-esque story, skip ahead five paragraphs for the start of the write up on this particular RSD release.

To lay the ground work for RSD this year, I actually had fun the past two years (2016 & 2017) waiting in line, which makes the time go by faster. That was not the case every other year, and I’ve been attending RSD since its inception in 2008. I had some cool people to talk to these past two years, which rarely, if ever happened every other year for RSD. I’m talkative person, it’s the other people who either can’t or refuse to hold a conversation for whatever reason. The past two years I was next to the same group of people actually. You see, at my local store, the same groups of people show up around the same time every year, especially the diehards. I’m talking about the real early birds, the people who get there 7+ hours ahead of opening. And at my store you have to show up by 4 am (for an 8 am opening) in order to have a serious chance of getting what you want. Otherwise you’re like 150+ in line and will spend around 2 hours (after opening) just waiting to get in and get checked out. It’s a popular store in a highly populated area.

For those curious about what store I go to, I never mention it because I want to maintain some privacy for myself. I don’t want people knowing where I live. It’s not a matter of turning people onto the store and having more people show up. Trust me, this store is well know and one of the most popular stores in the region. It draws people from four different states for RSD, and there are no shortages of record stores in the area either.

The only thing that changed in the 10 years RSD has been happening is how early I have to line up in order to get everything I want, or at the very least the few things I would have a hard time tracking down for a decent price online. I used to get to my store around 5 am, and got everything I wanted with no problem. But ever since 2015 the line has gotten out of control. I used to be no more than 20th in line with a 5 am arrival from 2009-2014, but I learned my lesson in 2015 after getting there at 2 am (thinking that additional 3 hours would be enough to compensate for the Deja Entendu release) and being like 50th in line, resulting in missing out on stuff I wanted for the first time ever. And I mean for the first time ever. Prior to that year I never missed out on a single thing on my list.

Ever since then my goal was to get there by midnight, and it’s worked. And I’ve had more fun in line than ever. People bring beer, people are more talkative, offer to get food and coffee for people and are just more helpful and nicer in general. I think a lot people are immediately grumpy when they get there later in the morning and come to the dreaded realization of how long the line actually is. The line can be a bit deceiving because it wraps around the building/strip mall. Lots of people see what they think is the end of the line at the end of the building/strip mall, only to walk over and discover it keeps going. I’ve heard plenty of obscenities being yelled at 5 and 6 am, some from like a hundred feet away.

That one thing mentioned above was the Thrice 7”. That is what drew me out for RSD, but I also picked up a bunch of other things rather than deal with paying for shipping and the potential for damage during shipping. The Against Me! 7” was one of those other things I wanted, but felt wouldn’t be hard to find online for retail price. Especially considering I found the Against Me! 7” from 2015 that was far more rare, limited to 750 copies.

This Against Me 7” is limited to 4,000 copies as a picture disc. The picture disc unfortunately is the only variant for this 7”. An interesting note about this 7”, the official RSD list and any store that put up photos of the releases on their website used the b-side for the display image. Typically the a-side is the used for display/stock images. For the photo gallery below, the a-side is the first photo (from the left) followed by a photo of the b-side.

The official title for this 7” is “Stabitha Christie,” which is featured on the a-side. The b-side features “First High Of The Morning.” Both songs are b-sides from Shape Shift With Me. The record does not come with a download card, so the only way (as of posting this) to this hear the songs is by having a copy of this record.

Another interesting note about this 7” that was not mentioned anywhere prior to buying this; not even on the official RSD list, is that each copy is individually numbered. This numbering is down on the giant white square hype sticker affixed to the top left corner of the sleeve. The sleeve is obviously a picture disc sleeve. You think the fine folks who run RSD would emphasize the fact this release is individually numbered, because that feature is one of those buzz words/phrases that are used as sales tactics. And that seemingly innocuous feature does push some people over the edge to buy a release rather than not.

Retail on this 7” picture disc was around $9. A bit pricey for a 7”, but it’s higher than other RSD 7”s because it’s a picture disc, and they’re more costly to press.

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