Saturday, April 19, has been designated Record Store Day, an international holiday of sorts to honor the traditional record shop, that rarest of places where you can lose hours discovering new music, looking at weird cover art, and (gasp!) interacting face to face with other people. Events to celebrate the day will be staged across the country and overseas. Here in Chicago, local stores will offer exclusive releases, special discounts, and some free shit:
Beverly Records -- free pizza and pop from noon to 4 PM.
Dave's Record Store -- free CD samples, turntable mats, and candy; spend more than $25 and get a complimentary T-shirt.
Hard Boiled Records -- free cookies (that look like records!) and Interpol 45s.
Laurie's Planet of Sound -- free store tote bag with $10 vinyl purchase.
Permanent Records -- free performances by Purricane and Grand Ole Party "'round 3 or so," Zaireeka listening party (bring a CD boom box) "after dark or 'round about 7," and a grab bag of gifts with any purchase.
Reckless Records -- free acoustic set by Rogue Wave at the Wicker Park store (1532 N. Milwaukee) at 5 PM, free caricatures by Plastic Crimewave, aka Steve Krakow, from noon "till evening," and free samplers.
Record Breakers -- Free hot dogs and soft drinks, free vinyl, pins, and CD samplers, and free performances from noon by American Draft, Amplified Heat, Chicago Green, Counterpunch, Daphne Willis, Doppler Shift, Green Sugar, Hot Garbage, How Far Too Often, KB Duo, Lorimer Sound, Moving Targets, Ronnie Rock & Blues, Seth Mcgaha, Sonny’s Dog, Sybris, We Are the Willows, White Devil, Power Space, Too Sweet, and the Fastest Kid Alive.
The Music Experience -- A free drawing for Erykah Badu concert tickets, and items autographed by Mario, Raheem Devaughn, and Lupe Fiasco.
You can see a complete list of participating stores (including several more Chicago retailers) here. Not everyone's offering giveaways, but most will be discounting their stock. Show some love or suffer the wrath of Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, who warns: "Buy real records in real shops, or I'll come round your house and scream at your mother."