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Feature Thu Apr 15 2010

Record Store Day 2010

A holiday for us audiophiles, Record Store Day is once again upon us. This Saturday, April 17, 2010 your favorite local record store is likely dusting off the promotional posters, putting out a brand new stack of special 7" releases, and throwing open its doors wide to a horde of eager music scavengers waiting outside the doors. Many of the Transmission staff have been eagerly anticipating this day all year, along with many of you. There are oh, about a gazillion potential limited edition gems out there to be found, and your local shopkeeps have been working hard to obtain them from the record labels. Keep an eye here on Sunday with a recap and snaps of sweet sweet finds at our favorite Chicagoland music shops. If you're headed out on your own, here's a rundown of some of the events and goings on. Have fun, be polite, and always tip your hat.

Here's Chris Brown of indie chain Bull Moose giving you the scoop on exciting new releases to be had:

(much more after the jump)

Chicagoland stores participating in Record Store Day 2010:

Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066
Plans to order pizza and pop as in years past and stock lots of vinyl and special releases.

Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325
Will have Molly's Cupcakes with "record frosting" and free candy. Special offerings include Chicago punks the DA! LP and the Tutu and The Pirates LP, The Magnetic Fields 6x10" box set, the Raconteurs "Broken Boy Soldiers," and Dave says that Whiskeybender Productions is putting together a documentary called "Re-Vinylized" on the record stores in Chicago and they will be filming in the store on Saturday (and probably other stores as well). More, including a promised Friday midnight post revealing all in Dave's Records MySpace page.

Dead Wax - 3819 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-529-1932
Will raffle* off a stereo and two gift certificates ($20 and $30) (*no purchase required) on the 17th. Their newly stocked vinyl as well as their DVDs, CD's and books will be 20% off. Special Record Store Day hours are 10am-8pm.

Death or Glory Records - 2557 1/2 W.Chicago Ave. - 773-360-8721
Live performances from Tyler Jon Tyler and Maximum Wage. They'll be open 10am till 10pm (at least), with the bands starting around 7pm. Tyler Jon Tyler will also have a 7" out on Chicago's own Rococo Records for sale a bit early on colored vinyl limited to 100 (black vinyl goes on sale next month).

Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800
(Details to come.)

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683
They're offering $2 discount on all items $2.99 or higher.

Groovin' High - 1047 W Belmont Ave - 773-476-6846
All used merchandise including CDs, LPs, and movies are 50% off marked price. All budget LPs normally $1 will be marked down to $.25. They will also have a lot of the special Record Store Day releases on vinyl and CD.

Hard Boiled Records - 2010 W. Roscoe St. - 773-755-2619
They'll be open early at 10am and will have free gifts for the first 100 customers.

Hyde Park Records - 1377 E. 53rd St. - 773-288-6588
(Details to come.)

Jazz Record Mart - 27 E. Illinois Ave. - 312-222-1467
Josh Berman's Old Idea group will play at noon. All CD box sets 20% off, half off used big-band and traditional jazz LPs, 50% off 78s, used 99-cent LPs will be 3 for $1, all cassettes will be 5 for $10.

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569
A Laurie's tote bag with $20 purchase plus a full lineup of live music throughout the day:

12:00 Algebro
1:00 VEE DEE
2:00 Johnny & the Limelites

DJ Sets:
3:00-5:00 Bill & Lisa of Cococoma/Trouble in Mind Records
5:00-6:00 Pat & John of Autumn Defense/Wilco
6:00-8:00 Trevor & Laurent of Pelican
8:00-9:00 Elia of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
9:00-10:00 Samorama of Laurie's (Phil Collins Mixes?!)

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744
Will hand out free goodie bags, stocking loads of exclusive limited edition Record Store Day releases, and hosting live entertainment by Chicago's premier garage punk duo White Mystery and Cleveland's krauty/psych/punk champs Puffy Areolas. They'll also host their annual Flaming Lips "Zaireeka" Boom Box Experiment Listening Party later in the evening. Bands start at 5pm and the listening party follows shortly thereafter. They'll be open 10am-9pm.

Reckless Records -
Wicker Park location - 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-235-3727
Live performances from:
Philip Cohran
DJ PNS (from the Molemen)
The Eternals
Also Plastic Crimewave (AKA Steve Krakow) will be doing rock & roll caricatures from 12-5pm.

The Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080
will have performances from:
Head of Skulls
Poison Arrows & Graveyard Train (a CCR cover band).

The Loop store - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878
will have performances from:
Plague Bringer
Sweet Cobra
Love Of Everything

They will also have "a shitload of records for sale."

Record Breakers (above Reggie's Rock Club) - 2109 S. State St. - 312-949-0125
Will have live performances (details to come) and 10% off items throughout the store all weekend long. Free food and drinks.

Second Hand Tunes - 800 Dempster St., Evanston - 847-491-1690
Will give away a one of a kind Second Hand Tunes / Record Store Day t-shirts free with every purchase (while supplies last).


Lastly, Bloodshot Records is rewarding customers around the country with live performances by their artists. Chicago customers at the Different Strummer, the Old Town School of Folk Music's store, will receive a free poster when they purchase any Graham Parker CD.

If you're out shopping on Saturday, take a picture of your favorite finds and email it to us at transmission (at) or upload it to our Flickr pool!

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Communicator / April 15, 2010 12:59 PM

Woo-hoo! Can't wait!

Rich / April 16, 2010 7:19 PM

Don't forget Permanent will be open tonight at 12 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Link deep / April 17, 2010 4:33 AM

i cant wait...

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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