Two Door Cinema Club – Live At KCRW (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 Two Door Cinema Club 12” was one of those other things I wanted, but felt wouldn’t be hard to find online for retail price. And I’m right considering my store still has 3 copies of this sitting on the shelf more than two weeks after RSD. So do I regret buying this? No. Do I regret buying this for full retail price? Yes.

Despite what the cover art suggests, Live At KCRW features song off the band’s two earlier albums too, not just their latest effort Gameshow. The cover art is simply the artwork for Gameshow with the title “Live At KCRW” printed along the bottom. There were 3,000 copies pressed, all on black vinyl. There is a square white RSD release hype sticker affixed to the top right corner, it’s not one the official RSD silver foil stickers.  Lots of releases seemed to shy away from that sticker this year. The jacket is thing and the record is flimsy. There is no insert but a download card/code is included. One of only two RSD releases I bought that came with a download card/code. But there is a major problem with the download card.

United pressed the record and handled the download card too, like they typically do for records they press. But when you go to redeem the download you get an error message saying there are no files available after you enter the code. I filled out the contact form on the website but United still have not solved the problem. And it’s been over three weeks since I emailed them and there is still no resolution. They emailed me back  twice saying “when it’s fix we’ll let you know.” Ridiculous that they can’t simply send me the files directly if they’re too inept to properly fix the downloads for this record. When I pointed that out to them, they told me “we’re still waiting for the files to be sent to.” Yet they were miraculously able to press the record without the files. I’ve had some problems with United download cards before, and they’re usually polite and prompt with fixing the problem. But this it’s a train wreck, and frankly unprofessional.  I contacted the label, Glassnote Records, and they never replied back to me.

Here is the track listing. The songs were recorded live on October 26, 2016 at Southern California radio station KCRW for their flagship show called Morning Becomes Eclectic:

Side A

  1. Bad Decisions
  2. Changing Of The Seasons
  3. Something Good Can Work
  4. Are We Ready? (Wreck)

Side B

  1. What You Know
  2. Ordinary
  3. Sun
  4. This Is The Life

Two Door Cinema Club - Live At KCRW - Copy

 

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