As excited as a kid on Christmas, I got up this morning and made my way over to my favorite local indie record store, Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, just a few minutes after they opened at 10:00 a.m. -- but already there was a huge line of customers bearing armloads of records snaking through the store! I almost wept! Too bad for me, the Pavement live LP and the Sonic Youth/Beck 7” were completely sold out. Early bird gets the worm and all that, I suppose. I did manage to grab Wilco’s Ashes of American Flags DVD, some of which was recorded here last year at the Ryman Auditorium; we attended that (incredibly awesome) concert and we’re really looking forward to watching this DVD. Wilco rules! I also took advantage of the 10% off sale and picked up some the recent ESP Disk CD reissues along with some other cool stuff. Out back were bands, barbeque, beer and more records. As you can see, it was a beautiful day, the joint was jumping, and everyone was having a grand old time. The staff at Grimey’s are super nice folks who know records and know how to throw a party. But being something of an old fart myself, the crowds actually started to get to me so I split. I spent the rest of the afternoon listening to my new records…which was blissful. They say the CD/LP is dead but it sure didn’t look that way to me today. Happy Record Store Day!