This Saturday is the eleventh annual Record Store Day, in which music fans all around the globe go and support their local record stores, which are usually filled to the brim with limited edition releases, reissues, or live bands on the day. However, one US record label has criticised the music lover’s holiday, calling it an “unwieldy grip-and-bitch fest.”
As Pitchfork reports, Chicago-based label The Numero Group, which Wikipedia describes as “an archival record label that creates compilations of previously released music”, has taken to Twitter to deride the annual event due it being what that call “charade” that only benefits the major labels.
“Over the past decade we’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with Record Store Day,” the label wrote in a statement. “What started off as a clever way to support independent shops during a physical and sonic recession has blown up into an unwieldy grip-and-bitch fest.”
Extra! Extra! Read all about why we're skipping Record Store Day this year: https://t.co/oldSzdw8aK
— Numero Group (@numerogroup) April 16, 2018
“Lines, fights, flippers, backed up pressing plants, stock shorts, stocking and pricing at 4am the morning of, and that inevitable mark down bin filled with all manner of wasted petroleum and bad ideas. If you’ve ever walked into a record store on the third Saturday in April you know the drag of which we speak.”