Record Store Day Second Annual Crawl: Here's What Went Down

Karlie Keaveney
Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day's 10th anniversary took place in New York on Saturday (April 22), marking the second annual Record Store Day Crawl. The impressive event began with a breakfast buffet and morning drinks at Baby's All Right, providing crawlers with the essentials before what would be a long day of scavenging through crates and hunting down exclusives.

The crawl included five destinations: Norman's Sound and Vision; HiFi Records; Academy Records Annex; Halcyon; and Rough Trade. The crawl ended with a special Record Store Day performance from Brooklyn-based rockers Sunflower Bean

For those who didn't spend the internationally celebrated holiday being shuttled from one record store to the next on the yellow school bus, here's a breakdown of what went down.

1:00 p.m.: A crawler declares while boarding the bus, "My goal is to get at least one thing from each store; that's what it's all about." (The crawler succeeded in this mission).

1:15 p.m.: The bus arrives at Norman's Sound and Vision in Brooklyn. The large and boisterous group of nearly packed the small space. "I got Space Jam!" a crawler declared, reveling in the fact they had found one of the official (and rare) Record Store Day exclusives. Within minutes, a line spanning the length of the store had formed, while Norman himself rang up each customer.


1:45 p.m.: The bus takes off for the second location, Astoria's HiFi Records. For the trip, Brooklyn's indie-pop duo Savoir Adore -- consisting of Paul Hammer and Lauren Zettler -- performed a handful of new songs with nothing more than a guitar (and the subtle sounds of highway traffic in the background). 

2:25 p.m.: The bus pulls up in front of HiFi Records -- a hybrid that is both a record store and cafe -- as crawlers are greeted by a DJ playing outside the store. Meanwhile, staffers on the inside hand out PBR to sip on while digging through crates.

2:50 p.m.: HiFi store owner Javi Velaszquez tells Billboard how 2017 brought in a much larger turnout than the previous year. "People started lining up at 5 a.m.," he says. Velaszquez credits this year's success to the more diverse list of exclusives being offered. "We see more people buying fewer records," which he says is a positive change because it ultimately widens the store's consumer base and invites more people in. Last year, there were fewer people coming in snatching up most of the exclusives. 

3:00 p.m.: The crawlers board the bus and start heading back towards Brooklyn for the third location, Academy Records Annex. 

3:20 p.m.: While walking into Academy Records, a customer says to the store owner, "I didn't expect it to still be banging like this." Considering the late afternoon time, Academy was still packed with vinyl enthusiasts -- a large portion of whom were on the crawl -- eagerly searching through the large selection of both vinyl and CDs. 

4:11 p.m.: The bus arrives at the fourth stop of the day, Halcyon. This record store also serves as a club of sorts, complete with a live DJ, as well as a cafe, bar and restaurant -- coffee, lattes and cocktails were offered, plus Roberta's Pizza was available to order. The combination of all of these elements allowed for a packed place even as the afternoon was merging into the early evening. 

4:45 p.m.: Crawlers made it to the fifth and final destination: Rough Trade. The store still had a line out the door of those waiting to search through the Record Store Day exclusives specifically; the line was just as long nearly 30 minutes later. All the while, Sunflower Bean was putting on a stellar, high-energy set at the in-store venue and ran through a handful of new tracks as well as fan favorite, "Easier Said."

5:40 p.m.: Sunflower Bean ended their set by graciously thanking the crowd, as well as Record Store Day. They hop off stage to chat with friends, fans and pose for photos. 

5:45 p.m.: The final few crawlers make a final loop through the store, browsing for any titles they may have missed (or second guessing titles they were leaving behind) as the second annual Record Store Day Crawl officially comes to a successful close. 

The Record Store Day Crawl kicked off in New York, though will take place in over 10 more cities throughout the months of June, July and August. View the dates and locations below. 

6/10 – Minneapolis
6/17 – Phoenix
6/24 – Chicago
6/24 – Rochester, N.Y.
7/8 – Seattle
7/22 – Los Angeles
7/29 – Birmingham, Ala.
7/29 – Washington, D.C.
8/6 – Austin, Texas
8/12 – Portland, Ore.
8/26 – Nashville


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