The Bounce: The Case Against Record Store Day

By Ally Schweitzer

Record Store Day still packs record shops every year. But some consumers and retailers say they get a bad deal.
Record Store Day still packs record shops every year. But some consumers and retailers say they get a bad deal. Flickr/Man Alive!

Bandwidth’s Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

Criticism of Record Store Day — happening this Saturday — continues to stream in. (If you missed it, check out Bandwidth’s 2014 article “Can Small Record Shops Keep Up With Record Store Day?“) [Salon, Fact, Pitchfork]

Nevertheless, here’s your guide to Record Store Day in D.C. [D.C. Music Download]

Boston declares April 9 “Riot Grrrl Day.” [Boston]

Traces of punk rock found at Coachella. [New York Times]

Unlike his pal Wale, Jerry Seinfeld isn’t really into drinking Champagne while he works. [New York Times]

Steve Albini says Tidal and other for-pay streaming services are “deluding themselves.” [Billboard]

Meanwhile, Spotify has hired a bunch of Washington lobbyists in preparation for a battle over streaming. [Politico]

The Madonna/Drake kiss that rocked the world… [Billboard, CNNJezebelPitchfork]

… and why reaction to The Kiss was ageist and sexist. [Noisey, Idolator]

Sexual harassment in nightclubs: It can’t be ignored. [Mixmag]

D.C.’s Damaged City Fest, in photos. [Noisey]

Kesha is playing Black Cat next week — and tickets flew fast. [Washington City Paper]

Nelly arrested on drug charges in Tennessee, and his lawyer says the charges won’t stick. [Washington Post, Guardian]

Did Arlington art center Artisphere ever get a real shot at success? [Washington Post]

Listen to the new EP from D.C.’s Pleasure Curses. [All Things Go]

And the new LP from D.C. hardcore band Red Death. [Stereogum]

D.C. jazz trombonist Reginald Cyntje has new music out, too. [Capital Bop]

A candid conversation about the future of go-go in the digital realm and beyond. [Washington City Paper]

Scott Crawford on his D.C. hardcore documentary, Salad Days. [Rolling StoneImpose]

Get to know Thomas Orgren, the engineer and musician behind Arlington recording studio Persona Non Grata. [D.C. Music Download]

Mount Pleasant houses the world’s biggest collection of handmade harmonica cases. [Washington City Paper]

Funk Parade announces its music lineup. [D.C. Music Download]

RIP Konono N°1 founder Mingiedi Mawangu. [Fact, Facebook]

RIP Percy Sledge, the powerful voice behind “When A Man Loves A Woman.” [NPR, New York Times]

Masochist records incoherent noodling at Guitar Center, makes an album out of it. [Fader]

On Bandwidth: Pop weirdo Jimmy Whispers delivers a freaky Wilderness Bureau session, which music films to hit or miss at Filmfest DC, the goings-on at Sunday’s Young Fathers gig, a premiere of the grimy new single from D.C.’s Clones of Clones.

Photo by Flickr user Man Alive! used under a Creative Commons license.