Photograph by Samuel Greenhill
This Saturday, April 22, marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, the annual event honoring independent music shops, as well as the hipsters, old-timers, and old-timey hipsters keeping vinyl alive and well. A few local stores will feature a number of special rereleased records. Others will offer generous discounts. Either way, if you cherish vinyl (or Wussy, or you just like beer and music), get out this weekend and support these shops.
Shake It Records, Northside
Shake It will open doors at 8 a.m. and release more than 400 new records, with special Record Store Day albums also available during the celebration. The celebration is best with a beer in hand: Shake It will be feature the new Slow Jam American IPA on tap from Rhinegeist, their third-annual RSD collaboration with the local brewery. There’s also an in-store performance at 7 p.m. by Cincy bands Frontier Folk Nebraska and Dawg Yawp. Bring a canned good to donate to Northside’s CAIN foodbank to get 10-percent off your purchase.
Everybody’s Records, Pleasant Ridge
If you describe your taste in music as “eclectic,” Everybody’s is the place for you. (Also, please do not describe your taste in music that way.) The Pleasant Ridge mainstay will be spinning tracks from contemporary psych rock to soulful and smooth urban caberet. A number of local bands, including Lemon Sky (doing an acoustic set), Go Go Buffalo, and Dead Man String band will be on-hand to perform. Everybody’s will also have the Record Store Day special releases available, and plans to give out gift certificates and turntables to a few lucky customers.
Black Plastic Records, Northside
In addition to featuring the Record Store Day special releases, Black Plastic will also open an hour earlier than usual (11 a.m.) so you’ll have more time to sift through all that…well…black plastic. If you need more incentive, take your receipt over to Urban Artifact Brewery to get a dollar off your beer.
Torn Light Records, Bellevue
Though not officially participating in Record Store Day, Torn Light will offer 20-percent off on all used vinyl. “With Shake It, Everybody’s, and others, the special releases are covered,” says Dan Buckley, co-owner of Torn Light. “This is how we like to celebrate.”
Sugarcube Records, Covington
Owner Craig Baker plans to have some pretty groovy deals in honor of the celebration. “We’ll have a ton of new used vinyl,” he says. “This is stuff we’ve been holding back for a couple weeks.” There will also be discounts on various products throughout the shop.