Falling as usual on the third Saturday in April (4/16), the vinyl nerd’s favorite made-up holiday is celebrating its fifth year of celebrating independently owned record stores. This year’s Record Store Day attempts a coup d’etat against what the organizers call “online retailers or corporate behemoths” with the help of more than 700 stores in the U.S. alone, and the festivities include promotional giveaways, in-store performances, and discounts—not to mention the ever-expanding catalog of RSD releases and reissues, many of them limited, very limited, or even supermegalimited. Around two dozen Chicago music merchants are participating this year. Get up early and get over to your local store—lines do form, and people do miss out.
As usual, Chicago labels are rolling out their own special releases. Thrill Jockey has three new LPs for Record Store Day: a Glenn Jones split with Charlie Parr & the Black Twig Pickers (see the List on Charlie Parr), a collaboration between Phil Manley (Trans Am, Fucking Champs) and Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless), and an Oval split with Liturgy. Bloodshot Records is releasing a live compilation commemorating the label’s 15th-anniversary concert at the Hideout in 2009, which includes the Blacks, Bobby Bare Jr., the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and Alejandro Escovedo. The in-house label at Permanent Records has pressed a split 12-inch EP by Purling Hiss and the Puffy Areolas in an edition of 750. Trouble in Mind has a four-way split of cover songs by Mean Jeans, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, the Wrong Words, and Jack Oblivian. And finally, archival label of superheroes the Numero Group is releasing a 17-track compilation of recordings recovered from Cleveland’s Boddie Record Company and opening a pop-up shop in the Stop Smiling space at 1371 N. Milwaukee (9 AM-9 PM). The store will hawk Numero releases, including an exclusive 45 from the label’s Eccentric Soul collection (limited to 100), as well as a lustworthy selection of used vinyl from the likes of Courtland Green and Dante Carfagna.
The list of RSD releases also includes a re-pressing of the debut Bad Brains seven-inch, Pay to Cum; a vinyl reissue of Deerhoof‘s Friend Opportunity; an absolutely epic picture disc of Dio‘s Killing the Dragon; new material from Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, Owen, and the Vivian Girls; live releases exclusive to Record Store Day by Off!, Television, and the Decemberists; Nirvana‘s Hormoaning EP and Sonic Youth‘s Whore’s Moaning EP, both originally released in Australia; and an LP box set of the Flaming Lips‘ first five Warner Brothers albums.
Listed below are the participating stores in the city and near suburbs, each with the events, sales, giveaways, and performances it has planned. Call the stores or visit their websites for details; there’s a complete list of special RSD releases and happenings at recordstoreday.com. —Kevin Warwick
Beverly Records Used LPs 20 percent off.
Cafe Mustache Free small drink with vinyl or CD purchase.
Cyclopx Records Ten percent off all new vinyl, Arcade Fire ticket giveaway, prize packs and other discounts, free coffee and homemade doughnuts, in-store performance by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (1 PM).
Dave’s Records Half off used singles, free candy, free cupcake from Molly’s Cupcakes with purchase over $25, free Dave’s Records T-shirt with purchase over $100, in-store performance by I Was Totally Destroying It (4 PM).
Deadwax Half off used vinyl, 20 percent off new vinyl, two-for-one dollar bin, $2 used single-disc DVDs.
Dusty Groove America Free CD to first 50 customers, 15th birthday party favors (free refreshments and prizes), magic show at 1 PM, in-store performance by Phil Cohran & Arkestra (4 PM).
Gramaphone Records Free stickers, in-store performance by Tim Larson (time TBA), DJ sets by Demchuk, Limbs, and Ron Trent.
Groove Dis Everything 50 percent off from 10 AM-noon and 25 percent off from noon-6 PM, “records by the pound” sale includes 12-inch singles at $1.99 per pound and LPs at $5.99 per pound.
Groovin’ High Half off used merchandise.
Hyde Park Records Ten percent off everything, in-store entertainment TBA.
Jazz Record Mart New box sets 20 percent off; half off used big-band, vocal, gospel, Dixieland, and trad-jazz LPs; vinyl graveyard and red-circle 45s five for a dollar; selected new records between 9 and 15 dollars marked down to 99 cents; in-store performances by Jason Adasiewicz & Josh Berman (11 AM) and Tail Dragger & Rockin’ Johnny (1 PM).
Kstarke Records Discounts, vinyl and CD giveaways, refreshments, DJ sets (1-6 PM), other in-store entertainment TBA.
Laurie’s Planet of Sound Free tote bag of “goodies” for first 50 customers; in-store performances by Candy Golde (1 PM), Vee Dee (4 or 5 PM), and Population (7 or 8 PM); DJ sets from Elia Einhorn of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, CHIRP DJs, and others.
Old School Records Budget CDs and LPs, 12-inch singles, and cassettes 25 percent off; in-store performance by Morris Mill & Friends (3 PM); DJ sets by Sonorama (noon-3 PM) and Soul Clap (4-7 PM).
Permanent Records Giveaway bags (while supplies last); in-store performances by Bad Drugs (5 PM) and Silver Abuse (6 PM); Zaireeka party (7 PM), during which the four CDs that constitute the 1997 Flaming Lips album Zaireeka will be played simultaneously on four separate audio systems.
Raffe’s Record Riot Free album with every purchase.
Reckless Records on Broadway In-store performances by Population, Owen, Raw Nerve, and Cult of Youth (noon-4 PM).
Reckless Records on Milwaukee In-store performances by Cairo Gang, the Singleman Affair, Jeff Parker, Candy Golde, Joan of Arc, and Tyler Jon Tyler (1-6 PM), plus rock ‘n’ roll caricatures by Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave).
Reckless Records on Madison In-store performance by Slow Witch (2 PM).
Record Breakers Ten percent off everything in the store, free food and drink, in-store performances by A Rocket to the Moon, the Steepwater Band, Flame Shark, Darling, Aetiology, and others (10 AM-5:30 PM), ticket raffle for the sold-out Rocket to the Moon show at Lincoln Hall 4/16.
Saki In-store performances by This Is Cinema, In Tall Buildings, Rabid Rabbit, the 1900s, Chaperone, Bob Dey’s Tank Engine Man, and Distractions (1-7 PM); discounts at Shake Shop, Provenance Food and Wine, and New Wave Coffee with Saki RSD receipt.
Second Hand Tunes Free Record Store Day shirt with purchase.
Shake, Rattle & Read All vinyl 20 percent off.
Vintage Vinyl In-store performances by Luck of Eden Hall (noon) and Tim Larson & the Owner/Operators (3 PM).