Record Store Day 2012 across Minneapolis

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Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went into the field, furtive-guerilla journalist like, to document some of the day's activities and record enthusiasts in their quest for limited edition beauties.

We started the day bright and early, just before 8 a.m., at the Electric Fetus, where the line was already over 100 people, wrapping around the building and stretching down the sidewalk. Curious about what in particular would possess these fine folks to camp outside for hours -- some smartly prepared with lawn chairs, blankets, and canteens what was probably coffee -- we asked what they were hoping to nab once inside the Fetus' famed doors.

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Dude #1: "It's just insane. There's a lot of cool indie stuff, cool indie labels that are putting stuff out just for today. There's a 10-inch vinyl by the Gorillaz, a Bowie anniversary release, a bunch of stuff that I can't afford -- and this far back in line, it's all gonna be gone. Normally, I'm in front of the building. I didn't realize it was going to be so insane this year."

Dude #2: "Pretty much classics. And I heard Jack White's new album is pretty amazing, I wanna check that out."

Dude #3: "Misfits 30th Anniversary. They released three different colored copies of Wide Among us... and one in Europe, but we're not getting that."

Dude #1: "Unless you go on eBay in three hours."

Dude #2: "Or yesterday."

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Dude #1: "There's an Animal Collective album I'm looking for. And Arcade Fire. Those are just a couple items. Billy Bragg boxed set."

Dude #2: "Widespread Panic and that Mastadon-Feist collaboration."

Dude #3: "We've been waiting since about 6:20, and we think we're like number 50 or 60 in line, but we're not sure."

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