Cheridan Sablik | April 2017
2017 marks Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary! Since its inception on April 19th, 2008, Record Store Day has been a staple for record collectors and independent record stores alike. Occurring on the third Saturday of April for the past ten years, Record Store Day has striven to “celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally” (as stated on its website www.recordstoreday.com).
Record Store Day helps promote independent record stores that often get lost in the shuffle between big corporations. It is proudly promoted on their website that “We’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths”.
Now, let’s look at some of Record Store Day 2017’s Chicago events:
Reckless Records 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Wicker Park) and 3126 N. Broadway (Lakeview)
Never failing to provide us with killer in-store events for Record Store Day, this year, the Wicker Park and Lakeview locations of Reckless Records will both be hosting in-store performances. How could you not be enticed by Chicago punk natives Smoking Popes or a Carpenters cover band?
Magas 2 p.m.
Ohmme 3 p.m.
Smoking Popes 4:30 p.m.
CARPENTERSville 2 p.m.
Tal Sounds 3 p.m.
Poison Arrows 4 p.m.
Bric-a-Brac Records 3156 W. Diversey Ave.
Opening at 8am, Bric-a-Brac will have live bands starting at 2 p.m. Not to mention they’ll have free coffee from Halfwit Roasters, free donuts from the Donut Vault, and vegan pastries from Ash Lemasters. Bric-a-Brac’s neighbors, Lost Lake, will be helping them celebrate as well with live DJs starting at 12 and an RSD exclusive cocktail: the Bric-a-Braquiri.
Staring Problem (Chi)
Roman Polanski's Baby (Nashville)
Bev Rage & the Drinks (Chi)
Evil Triplet (Austin)
Dave’s Records 2604 N. Clark St.
You can always count on Dave to go all out for Record Store Day. On Saturday, Dave’s will open whenever they are ready to go—usually around 9 a.m. but no later than 10 a.m. They will be posting a list of the releases they’ll have for sale, which saves you the ironic heartbreak of waiting hours in line only to find out they never even got that Cure album that already broke your heart. Goodies include free candy and cupcakes, and your receipt from RSD will get you 20% off your next purchase. Stonebelly will be performing at 3 p.m. with more bands to be announced.
Chicago Record Stores Participating in Record Store Day:
(Not all stores will carry all the releases. Be sure to check with stores about certain releases you may be interested in!)
P Reckless Records: Loop
P Record Breakers
P 606 Records
P Pinwheel Records
P Dusty Groove
P Permanent Records
P Shuga Records
P Reckless Records: Wicker Park
P The Exchange
P Kstarke Records
P DAVE'S RECORDS
P Gramaphone Records
P Reckless Records: Broadway
P The Exchange
P Groovin High, Inc
P Logan Hardware
P Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles
P Bucket O'Blood Books & Records
Out Of The Past Records
Hyde Park Records
(P denotes a RSD pledge signed store, which means they have agreed to sell the commercial Record Store Day releases to their physical customers, on Record Store Day; not to gouge them, or hold product back to sell them online).