In rotation: 4/19/18

Your Austin Record Store Day field guide: Record Store Day is around the corner, and in its 11th year, it’s popularity is ever-increasing. Vinyl album sales in the United States increased by more than 1,000 percent over the past ten years. And junkies line up at stores’ openings to get their hands on rare and special releases from artists spanning all genres. It’s not unusual to be greeted by fellow eager fans, shop owners, music performances, free food and drink and more…“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day,” organizers of Record Store Day said.

Your guide to Record Store Day Chicago 2018: Put the needle down and let the music flow: It’s time for the 2018 Record Store Day (RSD), held on Saturday April 21. RedEye has your guide for events at record stores around Chicago as well as releases featuring local musicians. For RSD, RedEye talked with Drew Mitchell, the co-owner of Pilsen’s 606 Records. When he opened the store in 2015 with Tim Unsell, Mitchell put his own collection (gathered over two decades) on sale. He now travels the world scoping out record stores and shares his love of music — and the vinyl format — with fans from near and far who stop by 606 Records, which also releases its own albums.

Vinyl Destination: San Diego Celebrates RSD: If record collecting is your thing, your very own holiday is right around the corner: The 11th annual Record Store Day (RSD) touches down at more than 240 independent music shops all across the globe on Saturday, April 21. Here in San Diego, there’s a great selection of stores to find the myriad wax treasures about to be rained down on the masses from both indie and major record labels alike. Hundreds of new, reissued, or exclusive titles will be offered up — many in small, limited pressings. Originally designed to appeal to collectors and support independent stores, RSD now attracts more than its share of resellers looking to make a quick buck…While the environment surrounding RSD has changed over the years, it still represents one of the biggest days of the year for local shops and it’s difficult to criticize an event that helps pay their bills. So, in that spirit, if you’re heading out on Saturday around town, make a point to return to those stores with some frequency throughout the year (if you’re not in the habit of doing that already).

Savannah: Record Store Day 2018–Celebrate indie business and music with some major retail therapy: Record Store Day, the occasion when vinyl collectors rush their local music shops in search of limited edition treasures, is upon us once more. In lieu of Black Friday roughhousing—wouldn’t want to shatter a jackalope antler at Graveface or crack a KISS bobble head at Rody’s—lies friendly competition and communing between musically-minded Savannahians. Best of all, Record Store Day, which was created in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners, literally exists to support small, local businesses and communities. It’s a way to celebrate the way music brings folks together through special events, rare picks, and killer sales. Among the pickers at this year’s participating locations, you’re sure to rub elbows with Savannah’s listening elite: the DJs of WRUU 107.5, Savannah Soundings Community Radio. We asked the station’s spinners to share their top RSD 2018 picks.

Rare vinyl from David Bowie and Madonna set to go on sale in Leeds for Record Store Day 2018, Here’s where you can get your hands on the special releases: This Leeds shop is going all out this Record Store Day with lots of rare vinyls [“Vinyls” is not a word. The plural of vinyl is, in fact, “vinyl.” —Ed.] waiting to be found. Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. It will be taking place on Saturday, April 21. Here in Leeds, city centre shop, Jumbo Records, in the Merrion Centre, is organising a day packed with live music performances to celebrate. It has teamed up with the nearby Social to showcase a split of sets from a host of acts. Between noon and 5pm with performances coming from X Ray Cat Trio, Waiting For Wednesday, Shadowlark, Ghost Music and Serious Sam Barrett.

Record Store Day fever hits as Neil’s ‘Vinyl Cup Final’ returns, This Saturday, Dundalk’s only independent record store hosts the BBC-backed event: …While Neil admits his shop is somewhat of a hipster hang out, retail is a serious business – especially when it comes to hard copy music sales. And the 40-year-old former city of London worker is under no illusions about the difficulties that come with running an independent record store. But the positives outweigh the negatives It’s a labour of love – with the emphasis on the latter. “We’re nearly three years old here. We’re not the newcomer anymore. We’re not the scrappy underdog. Retail years is something like dog years. I plan to stay long and do the hard yards. “All shops are different. We started up at the same time as a few others – but we did make a big impact. The fact that there hadn’t been a record shop in Dundalk in a long time – that was big.

Champaign, IL: Your guide to Record Store Day 2018: It has been a hot minute since I’ve put together a guide to Record Store Day, but I’m happy to do so here for you, dear reader. Record Store Day takes place worldwide this Saturday, April 21st — and that’s no different for here in C-U.Exile on Main Street in Downtown Champaign, Record Swap in Midtown Champaign, See You CD + Vinyl in Downtown Urbana, and Skeletal Lightning for online needs, if you’re looking to go that route. You have plenty of options…Exile on Main Street successfully completed their bid to save their record store day by raising over $8,000 via their GoFundMe campaign. Thus, RSD is happening, complete with live music on two stages, and more. Although they have alluded to it in their Facebook event, there might(?) be food trucks at this one. Exile has been plugging away since 2004, and if you read Smile Politely, it is no stranger to the Overture, or other events happening there, that we publish from time to time.

Fort Wayne: Record Store Day this Saturday will feature unique vinyl releases, live music and fun: …During national Record Store Day this Saturday, music fans can try to buy some of about 400 collectible music releases issued as vinyl records specifically for this year’s event. The releases include a new one Warner Bros. just notified record stores about but which the record label plans to keep a secret, even to store owners until delivery. Local stores also will feature live music, food and alcoholic beverages. The music performances are free and include a stellar lineup of local musicians, including Addison Agen. Wooden Nickel Records will hold Record Store Day activities at all three of its Fort Wayne stores, but the biggest celebration will take place at its collector’s store at 3422 N. Anthony Blvd.

Myrtle Beach record store will celebrate National Record Store Day Saturday: It’s almost like the Black Friday of the music world. Saturday is National Record Store Day, which celebrates independent record stores across the country. Artists release special records just for the holiday. It’s almost like the Black Friday of the music world. Kilgor Trouts Music & More is an independent record store in Myrtle Beach. They’ll have special releases, discounts and giveaways. Owner Gary Finkenbiner expects hundreds of people to be waiting outside for them to open. Their National Record Store Day celebration starts Saturday at 11 a.m. at 702 8th Ave North in Myrtle Beach.

Colorado Springs: Record Store Day is full of exclusive offerings, in case you’re still working on your must-get list: Mid-April means that Record Store Day is right around the corner, and this year the big day falls on April 21. The full list of exclusive RSD offerings is available at, in case you haven’t already formulated your shopping checklist. (I, personally, wouldn’t mind having The Legendary Marvin Pontiac’s Greatest Hits on LP.) Be advised, though, that if you show up at the Leechpit on April 21, you’ll find it closed. The Leechpit is holding a “Pop-Up Shoppe” on the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise, sailing on the open seas with the likes of The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, and, of course, Flogging Molly. The Leechpit is one of only two authorized pop-up shops (the other being Coachella), and they will reopen on Thursday, April 26.

World Record Store day celebrations at the Stawell Pickers Market this Saturday: In celebration of World Record Store day on Saturday, JTVinyl’s Jesse Till will be offering to clean and restore vinyl lovers’ records and covers for free. Mr Till, who will be selling vinyls that are World Record Store day exclusives, said he was a passionate vinyl collector himself and he prided himself “on the quality of the records I sell.” “I stock all genres, including new vinyl, but I specialise in vintage imports from the US.” He has been selling records at his store, JTVinyl, in the Stawell Pickers Market for more than two years. World Record Store Day is an annual event held on a Saturday in April each year, since the event started in 2007. The day aims to bring together fans, artists and independent record stores across the world.

Why Vinyl Refuses To Die: Records Make A Renaissance In San Antonio: The analog tones of vinyl discs are coming back into popularity, reviving record stores and music enthusiasts across America. What’s behind the rise of the old-fashioned album? With streaming services like YouTube and Spotify dominating the space for personal music experiences, listeners are looking for new ways to appreciate artists from the past and present. Record Store Day, marked for April 21 this year, was initially created a decade ago in response to a decline in CDs and prominence of digital piracy. In 2017, vinyl sales in independent record stores surged by almost 500 percent around the global event. Is nostalgia the driving factor behind this renewed interest? How are local stores and the music industry as a whole adapting to the shift?

Ripe Records Detroit is all about the vinyl: GROSSE POINTE PARK — The days of hanging out at the local record shop, flipping through bins to track down the latest find, and chatting with the clerk behind the counter about your favorite bands has returned. There is a new record store in town, and it’s ready to rock ’n’ roll. When the clock strikes noon this Saturday, April 21, Ripe Records Detroit will make its debut as husband-and-wife owners Andrew Curcuru and Kathy Garrido officially open for business. The 750-square-foot record store — located at 15212 Charlevoix St. in Grosse Pointe Park — is ready to become the new spot to shop for LPs, and to sell and trade them. The store, which former club disc jockey Curcuru said has been in the making for about two years, will carry new and used vinyl records in just about every genre of music. Ripe Records Detroit will only stock vinyl records — no CDs or cassettes.

Newnan record store spreading message of unity through music, The owner believes his message will help unite people despite a neo-Nazi rally taking place on the same day as Record Store Day. NEWNAN, Ga. – In light of the upcoming neo-Nazi rally taking place in Newnan this weekend, one business is deciding to use music to unite people. The National Socialist Movement will be holding their rally at the Greenville Street Park on Saturday, despite a majority of the city’s residents’ objections to their presence. But, it’s a free country and the group paid for a permit to be there. Not only is the neo-Nazi rally taking place on Saturday, April 21, but it is also Record Store Day. What do these two things have in common, you might ask. Well, one business owner is hoping his actions will give people a chance to unite, rather than divide. “The first thing that stuck out to me was the date and how unfortunate that is,” Jesse Yates, owner of Vinylyte Records said.

San Diego Culture Report: The Vinyl Resurgence Is Real: Brendan Boyle has a plan for every inch of his new 2,500 square foot record store in City Heights. Boyle and his partner Harry Miller are gearing up to launch Jupiter Records & Tapes at 3610 University Ave. They hope to open in May, maybe June at the latest. Boyle has thousands of used records piling up in what’s become an eclectic collection. He’s looking forward to letting the public dig through it all. The plan is to price most everything in the store – including cassette tapes, CDs and even 8-tracks and music ephemera like old posters – at a $5 flat fee. “This is my moment of letting it all out,” he said. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21. Boyle is using the event promoting vinyl-buying to start cranking up excitement about the new spot.

Australia: Bega Funhouse hosts Record Store Day grooves: International Record Store Day is set to spin some tunes at the Bega Funhouse this Saturday, April 21. Greg Evans from Sugar Sounds is using the day to promote his recent relocation to the Funhouse, but also showcase plenty of live and local musical talent. There will be live sets in the morning, starting at 9am, from T-Dub and a host of other DJs playing everything from funk and hip-hop beats through to jazz, Oz rock and disco. Then from 1-3pm, renowned local musicians David Ross Macdonald and Powder Blue will be performing live sets. Sugar Sounds and Rufus Records will have plenty of vinyl releases for sale, plus some nice vintage offerings Mr Evans said he’d been saving up for the day. Coffee will be available by Beardhawk Coffee, plus yummy food and pop-up market stalls. Funhouse is located at 3 Hill St, Bega.

Vinyl is the hot ticket this weekend at Walla Walla’s Hot Poop: A celebration of vinyl puts a spin on the weekend at Hot Poop. Walla Walla’s music and electronics shop — the state’s oldest independent record store — celebrates what’s become an annual holiday of sorts for the music lovers. Record Store Day will be a celebration of vinyl, along with live performances, as independent music stores across the world “join forces and lock tonearms in solidarity” over the resurrection of vinyl, said Hot Poop owner Jim McGuinn in an announcement. The event will move from the traditional location in the parking lot behind the Main Street shop to Palouse Street between Wingman Birdz & Brewz and the Mill Creek Brew Pub, which will reportedly both serve the audience.

Digital is dead, but Ann Arbor’s independent record stores are keeping vinyl in rotation: Vinyl isn’t just “back” anymore. It’s become a consistent bright spot in an otherwise tumultuous music industry, and a continuing boon to local businesses like Ann Arbor’s four long-running independent record stores. While U.S. album sales are still down overall, 2017 was the 12th straight year of sales growth for vinyl albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With more than 14 million albums sold, vinyl was up 9 percent last year over the previous one-year high of 13 million in 2016 and made up 14 percent of all physical album sales, as well as 8.5 percent of all albums sold. With Record Store Day (RSD) bringing its annual slew of exclusive releases to stores this Saturday, April 21, we checked in with Ann Arbor’s record shop owners about what’s new, how they’ve adapted, and what keeps their business interesting.

Newtown Book & Record Exchange to celebrate Record Store Day with live music: Newtown Book & Record will celebrate the Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21 with live music, special vinyl releases and promotional products from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store — the staff, the customers and the artists — to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities

As CDs wane and streaming rules, vinyl once again fuels Boulder County’s record stores, Area’s 3 shops to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday: He may be fuzzy on the exact date, but Andy Schneidkraut — owner of Boulder’s Albums on the Hill — can’t forget that night in 1994. Hundreds of fans poured down the stairs into his basement-level shop, eager to snatch up brand-new CDs released at midnight by hometown heroes Big Head Todd & The Monsters and the about-to-explode Dave Matthews Band. “That night, I sold more CDs than I sell now in six months,” says a wistful Schneidkraut, presiding over his empty record store on a recent afternoon. Music retail in Boulder County is now nearly unrecognizable from that 1990s heyday, a CD-fueled bonanza that peaked when — by Schneidkraut’s count — there were 18 different record stores operating in Boulder alone. Today, following the recent closure of Absolute Vinyl, there are only two dedicated record shops left in Boulder, and just three in the whole county.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming: KHOL’s 3rd Annual CD & Record Sale: JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Record Store Day is an audiophile’s dream each 3rd Saturday of April. Though Jackson doesn’t have a record store with limited stock of the day’s hottest releases, Jackson Hole Community Radio KHOL 89.1 stepped up a few years ago to offer the 3rd Annual 25¢ CD and $2 Record Store Sale. In addition to the used items that will be offered at discounted prices, the station’s 10th Anniversary vinyl, The KHOL Sessions, Live in Studio: The First 10 Years, is in stock and available for $60 (or $5/month) for beginning or renewing supporters. The bowling ball pattern vinyl comes in random colors and contains thirteen tracks of live sessions from Andrew Bird, Martin Sexton, Sharon Van Etten, and Leo Kottke among others. The KHOL vinyl is also available via

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