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Stores Thu Apr 14 2011

Record Store Day 2011 (Part 1)


Just in time for a spring thaw, it's time for Record Store Day again! Like Christmas wrapped in a birthday tucked into a bucket of geekery, this coming Saturday will be the most wonderful day of the year for audiophiles. It's also a great excuse to do a little local economy stimulating and head out to your neighborhood record store to do some shopping. Maybe you want to check out the latest releases, maybe you just want to wander and enjoy a free prize or two, any way you look at it, it's going to be fun. Take a look at the splendid Record Store Day special limited releases you might be able to snag, and then plan your route using our handy list (after the jump) of participating Chicagoland stores. Let us know what you pick up in the comments (or by tweeting us @gapersblock), and keep an eye out for our staffers at your local store. We promise we won't cut in front of you in line.

Remember - If you're using Twitter while you're out and about, use hashtag #rsd11 for your tweets about Record Store Day!

Chicagoland stores participating in Record Store Day 2011

Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066
Record Store Day is going to feature a rare in-store performance by world renowned Waylon Jennings tribute artist, Wayl'n Waylon.

And they'll also have a 20% off used vinyl sale, pizza and pop, and a DJ spinning nothing but vinyl.

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-715-5901
[See our review of Bucket O' Blood in this week's Transmission feature.]
The store will be giving away one release from Johann's Face's catalog of the customer's choosing for every $10 purchase. Bucket O' Blood will also be hosting live music in the evening. Artists are still to be determined.

Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325
Check the Dave's Records blog Friday night at 10pm for all the special releases that they'll actually have for RSD. Also, read this entry for the very particular Record Store Day Rules at Dave's Records. They'll also have free candy for everyone and free cupcakes (courtesy of Molly's Cupcakes) for purchases of over $25 and free Dave's Records t-shirts for purchases of over $100. The band I Was Totally Destroying It will play an acoustic set starting at 4pm (if time changes it will be posted both on the blog and Facebook). Also: local band Panther Style is providing advance copies of their new LP Emergencia! to sell on RSD and Dave believes the band is going to autograph them as well.

Dead Wax - 3819 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-529-1932.
Sadly, this will be the store's last Record Store Day, as they're closing at the end of April. If you want to get in on the sales, they'll have 50% off all used vinyl, 20% off new product, 20% off CDs, 50% off books, $1.00 VHS, $2.00 single disc used DVDs and 30% off posters.

Death or Glory Records - 2557 1/2 W.Chicago Ave. - 773-360-8721

Dr. Wax - 5226 S. Harper Ave - 773-493-8696

Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800
They'll have special extended hours - open from 9am to 9pm on Saturday, which is also their 15th birthday party - with "loads of free refreshments, gifts & prizes." They'll give out a free CD for the first 50 customers, and have tons of special Record Store Day merchandise - in very limited supply. Entertainment includes magic by Randy from 1pm to 3pm, and an in-store performance by Phil Cohran & Arkestra at 4pm, plus more TBA.

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683

They'll offer exclusive Record Store Day Releases from Flying Lotus, Bibio &Clark, Oval, Daedelus, Javelin, Midlake & Kode 9 and James Blake, plus Pop/Rock exclusives
Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Caribou, Eric Clapton, Death Cab for Cutie, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Whiz Khalifa, Kings of Leon, Matt & Kim, Rhymesayers and more.

There will be a Live in store performance from Tim Larson of Tim Larson and the Owners/Operators, and DJ sets by DemChuck, Limbs, Ron Trent, Nathan Larson and Samone Roberts, New Life, Justin Long, Andrew Emil and Zebo.

The store will open from 11am to 9pm, with live streaming on Ustream.

Groove Distribution - 346 N. Justine Street, Suite 202 - 312-997-2375
They'll have a staggered huge sale of their inventory of dance and club music:
10am-Noon - 50% off all regularly priced releases *
Noon-6pm - 25% off all regularly priced releases *
All Day Long - 10,000+ records are part of the "Records By The Pound" sale including import and domestic 12" singles. Only $1.99/lb. and import & domestic LPs only $5.99/lb.
(* no other discounts/sales apply.)

Groovin' High - 1047 W Belmont Ave - 773-476-6846
They'll have lots of the limited releases, plus all used merchandise is half off the marked price. They'll also have free stuff to give away including label samplers, etc.

Hard Boiled Records - 2010 W. Roscoe St. - 773-755-2619.

Hyde Park Records - 1377 E. 53rd St. - 773-288-6588
Record store day releases will be available and local rock band I Know Everything will play an acoustic in-store set in the afternoon.

Jazz Record Mart - 27 E. Illinois Ave. - 312-222-1467

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569
Laurie's will have the exclusive distribution of the Vee Dee 7" on red vinyl on BLVD Records this year along with a slew of events all weekend. They'll open at midnight on Friday (Record Store eve), which is fast becoming a new RSD tradition, On Saturday, they'll open at 9am and will post the full list of their releases the night before. They'll have a slew of in-store performances and guest DJs throughout the day including...

Performances by:
1pm - Candy Golde (feat. Bun E. Carlos)
5pm - Vee Dee
6pm - Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges)
8pm - Population

DJs including:
Michael Bennett (CHIRP)
Rachel Hinsdale (Squish)
Eliah Einhorn (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)
Mark Richardson (Pitchfork Media)
Eric Marsh (BLVD Records)
Peroxide (Late Bar, Bittersweet, Shimmer)
Josh Rosenthal (Plaguebringer)
Rebecca Flores (Tyler Jon Tyler)

KStarke Records - 1109 N. Western Ave - 773-772-4880

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744
Will open at midnight on Friday night (Record Store Day eve) but so far are not disclosing what they will have in stock, save for their own release of the Purling Hiss / Puffy Areolas split 12" EP. They have promised as well free goodie bags (limited supply), in-store performances at 5pm by Chicago punk band Silver Abuse arty noise rock band Bad Drugs. They'll also have their Annual P-Rex "Boombox Experiment Zaireeka Listening Party" at 7pm and they're looking for folks with boomboxes to help out with that.

Raffe's Record Riot - 4350 N. Cicero - 773-725-1327

Reckless Records - Full details available on their site, but this is the current schedule for the three locations:

Wicker Park location - 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-235-3727
In-store performances by:
1pm - Tyler John Tyler
2pm - Joan of Arc
3pm - Candy Golde (with Bun E.Carlos of Cheap Trick)
3:30pm - Jeff Parker (of Tortoise) solo guitar performance
4pm - Singlemen Affair
5pm - Cairo Gang

Rock n' Roll caricatures by Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave)

Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080
In-store performances:
12pm - Cult of Youth
1pm - Raw Nerve
2pm - Owen
3pm - Population

(more possibly TBA)

Loop store - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878
In-store performances:
Slow Witch (Angela of Sybris)
more possibly TBA

Plus exclusive releases including the Various Artists No Peace/War 7" and a preview release of White Mystery's forthcoming new album Blood & Venom

Record Breakers (above Reggie's Rock Club) - 2109 S. State St. - 312-949-0125
The store will be open from 10am-11pm on Saturday and they'll have a storewide 10% off sale. They say they'll be carrying almost all of the Record Store Day exclusive releases.

In-store performances by:
10am - The New Diet
10:45am - Flameshark
11:30am - Darling
12:15pm - School Of Rock Kids
1pm - Rocket To The Moon
1:45pm - Steepwater Band
2:30pm - Certain Stars
3:15pm - The Hemmingbirds
4pm Harry Breitner
4:45pm - Magic Child
5:15pm - Ornery Little Darlings

Later Saturday night, they'll have a Smiths/Morrissey and '80s new wave tribute night in the Music Joint with The Handsome Devilz, The Buckstops, Common Poverty, DJ Kamar, and DJ Arturo and in the Rock Club they'll have Americana music from Divebar and Rivals of the Peacemaker.

saki - 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. - 773-486-3997
They'll have loads of performances, plus deals you can score all weekend long in the neighborhood with your saki store receipt from Record Store Day. Full RSD details at saki.

In-store performances by:
1pm - Distractions
2pm - Chaperone
3pm - Bob Dey's Tank Engine Man
4pm - The 1900s
5pm - Rabid Rabbit
6pm - In Tall Buildings
7pm - This Is Cinema
*in-store schedule is subject to change

Promotions & giveaways:
***Get $10 off guitar setups and 10% off general merchandise at Shake Shop (@ Fullerton & Sawyer) with a saki RSD receipt. Offer is good for one week following RSD.

***Get one FREE PBR at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton) with a saki RSD receipt. (Offer is good on 4/16 only.)

***The first 20 customers to bring their saki RSD receipt to Provenance Food & Wine (2528 N. California) the week after RSD will get a FREE specialty beer & a coupon for 10% off their next purchase! Offer is only good at their Logan Square location.

***Get one FREE medium coffee at New Wave Coffee (Milwaukee & Logan) with a saki RSD receipt! (Offer good on 4/16 and 4/17 only.)

***FREE Limited edition Ghostly International/Android8 for the first 50 paying customers who request them.

***FREE Flingco Sound System shirts and button sets with purchase of any saki/CTD exclusive item. Supplies limited.

***FREE Chimera Music CD sampler

***FREE Telekinesis pencils from Merge

Second Hand Tunes - 800 Dempster St., Evanston - 847-491-1690
This store, too will open at midnight on Friday to offer up all RSD product for sale. They'll also have free refreshments and a specially designed RSD t-shirt free with any purchase. They'll re-open at 10am on Saturday for those who are unable to attend the midnight sale.

Shake, Rattle & Read - 4812 N. Broadway Ave. - 773-334-5311

The Exchange - 935 W. Belmont Ave. - 773-883-8908 and 1524 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-252-9570
Both of their Chicago locations will receive their share of the limited numbers of Record Store Day titles.

Chicago Labels

Bloodshot Records
Full details on Bloodshot events around the country available online but don't miss the big Chicago events they're so excited about. Bloodshot takes over Big Star (1531 N. Damen) on Saturday, April 16 from noon-5pm, and they'll have a lot to celebrate including:

• Record Store Day and Bloodshot's RSD releases, including their live 15th year anniversary album from The Hideout Block Party
• The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMFest) with a screening of Exene Cervenka's short film, "Bad Day."
• The new album from Ha Ha Tonka and the band's release show at Sub-T Saturday night

The day will feature Bloodshot staffers behind the turntables; an acoustic performance from Ha Ha Tonka; giveaways from Bloodshot, Reckless Records and Laurie's Planet of Sound; drink specials and more!

Thrill Jockey Records
The label will have three releases out for RSD, including a new member of the TJ family: Glenn Jones. The Glenn Jones split LP will also feature the The Black Twig Pickers & Charlie Parr. They''ll also have the Mitchell and Manley Norcal Values LP available and and Oval Split LP with Liturgy. Full details and some mp3 downloads here.

Numero Group
From 9am-9pm head over to a very special one-day "pop-up store" at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. that will be run by Numero's own music loving staff. They'll have a live radio broadcast (on WTNG 89.9 FM -- available only for 3 miles around the store) and 100 copies of an exclusive Eccentric Soul 45 that you can only buy at the physical location. For RSD, they're putting out a special gatefold LP Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie which will come in CD (Burned At Boddie), LP, and cassette (Dubbed At Boddie) format! Full details.

Keep an eye out on Transmission for our staff's RSD experiences and a roundup of our sweet scores after Saturday!

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Casey Cora / April 15, 2011 10:41 AM

For the way-west siders, here's a look at what's happening in Oak Park and Forest Park (via Oak Park Patch):

Vinyl Fever: Record Store Day in Nigh

Rich / April 15, 2011 12:33 PM

Laurie's Planet of Sound will NOT be open at midnight:!/lauriesplanetofsound/posts/214731318552823

Andrew / April 15, 2011 12:41 PM

Thanks, Rich, corrected.

Johnny / April 15, 2011 1:40 PM

Second Hand Tunes in Evanston will be open tonight at Midnight for RSD 2011. Up to date information can be obtained from our Facebook page:

Rob / August 29, 2011 9:26 PM

Record Store Day was indeed another good one this year! I particularly loved all the live music at Chicago's various vinyl-riffic record stores!

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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
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Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
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Dark Jive
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Jim DeRogatis
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Live Fix Blog
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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Victim Of Time
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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
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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

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  & Shops:

Alligator Records
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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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