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infinity cat headquarters performerFollowing on the several year stint and recent upgrades to Third Man Records Company Store and the recently opened Fond Object in Riverside by The Ettes, Infinity Cat realized that so many fans were making pilgrimages from all over the world and knocking on the door looking for hard-to-find label merch that it was time to just open the door and say “welcome.”

infinity cat welcome 01Infinity Cat Records made the following announcement:We have opened the Infinity Cat Visitors Center at Infinity Cat headquarters. Why? Because you asked us to. We receive so many requests (“Hi, we live in London and coming to Nashville. We own pretty much everything Infinity Cat. Can we come visit?”). Wanna come say hi? Call 615-730-8417 and we’ll let you know if we are there. The rest of these words come from Steve Haruch’s great article. “There will be records for sale, of course, and ICR logo coffee mugs, but “the best part,” Orrall says, “is that 80 percent of it will only be in the store” and not available through the label’s website. That stuff includes out-of-print items like the last original MEEMAW T-shirt, for instance, and band tour posters, some of them from other countries — that sort of thing.

inf cat 10 2nd heavycream 07 wThe not-a-shop is a response to requests from fans who have wanted to stop by when they’re in Nashville. Now they’ll have something to visit aside from a small office and a kitchen. And while there won’t be regular business hours, there will be impromptu times of openness, which will be announced via the label’s various social media accounts. Instagram followers will get to see new items (including vintage records, radios and magazines) as they are added to the shop visitors’ center.

inf cat 10 diarrhea planet sandwichesThank you Steve Haruch for a great description and great photos. What will be the first thing you want to buy? “Loose Jewels” by Diarrhea Planet. Why? Well, let’s let MTV do the talking now: “”Take away the branding, the deal-making, the app-launching, the corporate sponsorships, the giant Doritos stage, Train playing the Rachel Ray day party, the free piggyback rides, the weird giveaways, the free beer, the expensive cabs, the long lines and the Justin Timberlake, and really what you have left is a little ol’ dusty festival with a band named Diarrhea Planet on the schedule. Decades from now, when those of us who attended SXSW 2013 are on our deathbeds, we’ll whisper but two words to our loved ones, and those words will be “Diarrhea Planet.” They won’t understand, but we will.” – MTV Hive

inf cat 10 yes sandwichSo come on buy, pick up something special, and say hi to the official Infinity Cat, D. Boone. See you soon!

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Visitors center photo from Infinity Cat press release. All other photos, Brad Hardisty taken at Infinity Cat 10th Anniversary shows of Heavy Cream, Skyblazer, Infinity Cat Sandwich and Diarrhea Planet and Infinity Cat front door taken for Performer Magazine .

record store day 2013 021Record Store Day started well before Saturday with lines cueing up at 6PM the day before at Third Man Records with some vinyl collectors showing up from several states away for the special Record Store Day items.

record store day 2013 035Third Man had a private party with tour buses lined up which included Willie Nelson and Neil Young last Thursday night in preparation for Jack White’s latest installation into the company store: a vocal booth where you can cut your own 7 inch record and have it come out of a machine ready to play.

record store day 2013 026record store day 2013 031record store day 2013 030The line started to form at Grimeys about the same time. The people at the front of the line had started about 6PM Friday as well to make sure they had their pick of the special releases. The front of liners at Grimeys had a laundry list of stuff to grab and Dave Matthews rare 500 only vinyl was on the list.

record store day 2013 024The first campers at The Great Escape Charlotte store arrived at 8PM. The main reason they got there was for the same rare Dave Matthews’ 500 only release. Great Escape was said to have two copies.  The best kept secret in town is that Great Escape gets a majority of the same things that Grimeys gets but, if you arrive about 5AM you can probably get what you want and be 4th or 5th in line. The Great Escape also is the earliest store to open at 8AM.

Grimeys definitely had top flight entertainment all day long with headliners Paramore playing later in the day.

record store day 2013 051The Groove was not to be outdone with a Mas Tacos truck out front serving up some of East Nashville’s best Mexican food and a stage in the back. The Groove probably had a well-balanced full plate with a pair of local labels G.E.D. Soul Records and Jeffery Drag Records  that featured Natural Child rolling papers made in the Peoples Republic of China manning booths with plenty of new vinyl.

record store day 2013 082 smallG.E.D. Soul had a Record Store Day 7” release, Sky Hi’s Reality Check as well as an afternoon performance by recording artist DeRobert & The Half-Truths who performed with the sun hitting the band straight in the face. DeRobert blocked the glare with some cool shades.

record store day 2013 063G.E.D. Soul Records was spinning vinyl in between sets.

record store day 2013 078 smallrecord store day 2013 061 smallGraffiti artists Mike “Ol Skool” Mucker and Troy Duff  had their own thing going on in the alley behind The Groove.

record store day 2013 047The afternoon behind The Groove got hot when KCRW “Breakout Band” Penicillin Baby started off with some great Garage surf staring at their guitars and meditating on the Fender reverb spring action.

record store day 2013 053 smallrecord store day 2013 057 smallTristen  was in good spirits going through a strong enthusiastic set.

record store day 2013 069record store day 2013 072record store day 2013 068 smallChrome Pony had it all, a great drummer playing extremely tough and tight on the kit and a red headed guitarist that matched the bright sun glowing in the afternoon sky. For once, Nashville had a perfect weather day this year.

record store day 2013 049The Groove also had bins outside lined up on the side of the old house with one dollar records. It was a sure hit with what dollars were left over after buying the Big Star $39.99 double vinyl.

record store day 2013 075 smallEast Nashville parents brought their kids along and it was interesting to see Nashville veteran alt-rockers Forget Cassettes kind of Goth pop – Souxsie & The Banshees type thing going through a six year old’s brain. A little more mind expanding than afternoon geography at the elementary school.

record store day 2013 042Even Ernest Tubb Record Shop got into the Record Store Day thing with a few featured releases including Eric Church’s vinyl that had Whiskey poured into the actual pressing and the Chet Atkin’s Blackjack EP that was quickly sold out and was never seen by anybody but the buyers.

record store day 2013 074Phonoluxe, which doesn’t purchase any new records, but, may have the best variety of used vinyl in town, pulled out all the stops and brought many hidden treasures out for purchase. This was the stuff that might only get to EBay. They had plenty of rare stuff for the serious collector.

record store day 2013 041record store day 2013 038record store day 2013 039Rock band, The Ettes opened up a new used vinyl store and label in Riverside called Fond Object on Record Store Day. Fond Object fills a niche of more punk and metal with stock that used to part of one of the band members own collection starting out a busy room full of noise.

record store day 2013 087 smallrecord store day 2013 089 smallAn afternoon of fine music on the green was to be had behind Fond Object featuring the true country honky tonk of Alabama native J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices which featured a little Speedy West / Jimmy Bryant kind of dual lead vibe before the end of their set.

record store day 2013 106 smallThe sun started to settle and all the vinyl was packed away in the when Cheap Time featuring Jessica from Heavy Cream on bass went through a ripping set behind Fond Object. Speaking of Heavy Cream, the missing record for Record Store Day that should have been was a back to back release of The Stooges, “1969” and Heavy Cream’s “1979.” Elektra and Infinity Cat, are you listening? It was interesting to hear three chord slash with a couple of three year old kids chasing each other in front of the band.

record store day 2013 096Fond Object’s Record Store Day party featured mixed drinks and custom hot dogs. The best had homemade tomatillo Sauce with sour cream and cilantro. I need to make that one at home.

record store day 2013 113I was looking forward to going through my new finds, but, my earlt 90’s Marantz 780 receiver had a fit and shut down and is now in search of a good stereo repair guy before I get to enjoy my cache of new colored vinyl.

record store day 2013 108 bwAll photo © 2013 Brad Hardisty

–          Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN