Record Store Day, now in its fourth year, falls on the third Saturday of April (4/17) and brings together "over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA" and "hundreds of similar stores internationally" to form a sort of one-shot record club that excludes "online retailers or corporate behemoths." Festivities include free in-store performances, promotional giveaways, and discounts, in addition to a horde of releases and reissues—many of them limited, and some of them superlimited—available only at participating stores. You might want to get up early: last year a line formed outside Reckless Records on Milwaukee before the doors opened. Some 20 Chicago record stores are participating this year.
Local labels are in on the act too. The in-house label at Permanent Records is releasing, in an edition of 750, a split seven-inch featuring Moon Duo and the Cave side project Bitchin' Bajas. Bloodshot has an exclusive Ha Ha Tonka seven-inch, in an edition of 500. Trouble in Mind is releasing a four-way split single featuring Ty Segall, CoCoComa, White Wires, and Charlie & the Moonhearts. Also, the Brooklyn-based film and music label Factory 25 unveils full-length vinyl albums from two early Chicago punk bands, featuring a collection of demos (1977-'78) from Tutu & the Pirates called Sub-Urban Insult Rock for the Anti-Lectual and the DA full-length Exclamation Point.
Other enticements include vinyl reissues from Mastodon, Devo, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, MGMT, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground; live recordings by David Bazan at Electrical Audio and Hot Water Music at Metro; early releases of a ten-inch vinyl version of Magnetic Fields' reissued 69 Love Songs set and new albums from the Apples in Stereo and Roky Erickson with Okkervil River; a clear vinyl release of Neko Case's Middle Cyclone; a seven-inch of Fucked Up's Daytrotter session; a colored-vinyl reissue of the double LP Ramones Mania; and a number of reissues with original artwork from Vanguard (Buddy Guy, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, John Fahey) in celebration of the label's 60th anniversary.
Below are participating stores in the city and near suburbs, along with the events, sales, giveaways, and performances planned. Call stores or visit their Web sites for more info; for a more complete list of special releases and happenings see recordstoreday.com. —Kevin Warwick
Cyklopx In-store performances by All Things Lucid and the Loneliest Monk (1 PM), 50 percent off used LPs $3.99 or below, 30 percent off all used CDs, free homemade doughnuts. 9 AM-7 PM, 7511 Madison, Forest Park, 708-488-0303, cyklopx.com.
Dave's Records Free Dave's Records T-shirt with purchases over $100, half off used 12-inches, free cupcake from Molly's Cupcakes with purchase over $25, free candy. 11 AM-8 PM, 2604 N. Clark, 773-929-6325, davesrecordschicago.com.
Deadwax Free raffle tickets for a stereo and $30 and $20 gift certificates; 20 percent off vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and books. 10 AM-8 PM, 3819 N. Lincoln, 773-529-1932.
Death or Glory In-store performances by Tyler Jon Tyler and Maximum Wage (7 PM), record giveaways. 10 AM-10 PM, 2557∏ W. Chicago, 773-360-8721.
Dusty Groove America Free CD to first 25 customers, prizes with every purchase, DJ set by East of Edens Soul Express (2 PM). 10 AM-8 PM, 1120 N. Ashland, 773-342-5800, dustygroove.com.
Groovin' High Half off all used merchandise, 25-cent budget vinyl. 10 AM-8 PM, 1047 W. Belmont, 773-476-6846.
Hard Boiled Records Free gift to the first 100 customers, early store hours beginning at 10 AM. 10 AM-6 PM, 2010 W. Roscoe, 773-755-2619, hardboiledrecords.blogspot.com.
Jazz Record Mart All CD box sets 20 percent off, half off used big-band and trad jazz LPs, half off 78s, three for a dollar on used 99-cent LPs, all cassettes five for $10. In-store performance by Josh Berman's Old Idea at noon. 10 AM-8 PM, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1467, jazzmart.com.
Kstarke Records Sales, giveaways, and in-store entertainment TBA. Noon-9 PM, 1108 N. Western, 773-772-4880, kstarkerecords.com.
Laurie's Planet of Sound In-store performances by Algebro (noon), Vee Dee (1 PM), and Johnny & the Limelites (2 PM); DJ sets by Wilco's Pat Sansone, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's Elia Einhorn, and Laurie's employees; free tamales. 9 AM-10 PM, 4639 N. Lincoln, 773-271-3569, lauriesplanetofsound.tripod.com.
Music Direct Not an official event, but in honor of Record Store Day, vinyl, turntables, phono cartridges, and record care supplies are 20 percent off on Friday (9 AM-6 PM) and Saturday (10 AM-3 PM). 318 N. Laflin, 312-433-0200, musicdirect.com.
Music Experience In-store performance and CD signing by the Brown Sisters from 1-2 PM. 11 AM-6:30 PM, 1959∏ E. 73rd, 773-493-0154, amusicexperience.com.
The Old School Records In-store performances by Hollus (noon), Black Bear Combo (2 PM), and Ernie Hines (3 PM), budget LPs and CDs running 99 cents and up. 10 AM-7 PM, 7446 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-366-7588, the oldschoolrecords.com.
Permanent Records In-store performances by Puffy Areolas and White Mystery (5 PM) and a Zaireeka party (7:30 PM), during which the four compact discs that constitute the 1997 Flaming Lips album Zaireeka will be played simultaneously on four separate audio systems. 10 AM-9 PM, 1914 W. chicago, 773-278-1744, permanentrecordschicago.com.
Reckless Records on Broadway In-store performances by Poison Arrows (1 PM), Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Graveyard Train (2 PM), Head of Skulls! (3 PM), and Regress (4 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 3126 N. Broadway, 773-404-5080, reckless.com.
Reckless Records on Milwaukee In-store performances by Phil Cohran (12:30 PM), the Eternals (2 PM), PNS from Molemen (3 PM), Liam Hayes & Plush (4 PM), and Azita (5 PM), plus rock 'n' roll caricatures by Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave (noon-5 PM). 10 AM-10 PM, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727, reckless.com.
Reckless Records on Madison In-store performances by Love of Everything (1 PM), Plague Bringer (2 PM), and Sweet Cobra (3 PM), exclusive Plague Bringer release for sale, Rise Against's Tim McIlrath will be "working" behind the counter. 10 AM-8 PM, 26 E. Madison, 312-795-0878, reckless.com.
Record Breakers Everything in the store 10 percent off; merchandise giveaways, raffles, free food and drink, and in-store performances (2-7:15 PM) on Saturday and Sunday from Apteka, the Gunshy, the New Diet, Musikanto, Aetiology, and Capeheart, among others. 11 AM-11 PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0125, reggieslive.com.
Second Hand Tunes Free exclusive Second Hand Tunes T-shirt with every purchase, while supplies last. 10 AM-8 PM, 800 Dempster, Evanston, 847-491-1690, 2ndhandtunes.com.
Shake, Rattle & Read All vinyl 20 percent off. Noon-6 PM, 4812 N. Broadway, 773-334-5311.
Vintage Vinyl In-store performances by Luck of Eden Hall with Fred Lonberg-Holm (1 PM), No Wave Zero Rodney Bakerr (3 PM), and John Bellows (4 PM). 11 AM-6 PM, 925 Davis, Evanston, 847-328-2899.