Andy on the Road

6 April 2010

The Art of the Record Store

Filed under: boston,friendsromanscountrymen,music — Andy @ 8:34 am

My good friend and bandmate Oscar works at Planet Records in Harvard Square.  Like many of its record-store contemporaries, Planet does not put out CDs and jewel cases in its shelves. Instead, it keeps the CDs behind the counter and puts out either the liner notes or a placeholder card in their place.  Oscar, as part of his job, gets to design the placeholders.  And he makes it an art form:

Check out the entire photoset here.

You know, Record Store Day is right around the corner. Why not go out to Planet today and celebrate a little early?  You can see all these beautiful cards in person, and if you buy the CD you can probably ask Oscar to keep the card.


  1. i dig everything about this post

    Comment by sy — 6 April 2010 @ 10:24 am

  2. At Planet Records, everyday is record store day. DUH ANDY.

    Comment by Molly — 6 April 2010 @ 10:38 am

  3. Thanks for the plug, man! To be fair, though, I should point out that, should any adventurous types venture out to Planet, they probably won’t be able to keep the cards; we keep them onhand in case we have another copy in our backstock. That said, you should totally buy CDs. They’ve got a warmer sound than MP3s.

    Comment by Oscar — 6 April 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    • Hey, the best art is unattainable. We all know that.

      What if they slipped you (or Planet) an extra $20? Could they keep it then?

      Comment by Andy — 6 April 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    • Dude, cassettes are coming back. SUCH a richer tone than CDs.

      Comment by Jackie — 17 April 2010 @ 2:38 pm

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