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Stores Fri Apr 19 2013

Record Store Day 2013


Nearly six years have passed since we started setting aside a certain Saturday in April and heading out to our favorite (or new favorite) local record stores to celebrate the brick-and-mortar music shopping experience. Whether you choose to line up at the crack o' dawn, or head out at a leisurely post-brunch hour, a visit to your local music purveyor can be easily accomplished this weekend with Saturday's return of Record Store Day. What follows are our best recognizance for what's planned, celebration-wise, at a record store near you, Chicago.

Chicagoland stores participating in Record Store Day 2013

Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066 - @BeverlyRecords
Schedule of events:
8am - Doors open - 20% Used Vinyl Sale Begins
12 noon - Lunch - Beverly Records will serve up White Castles and Aldi pop for all of their hungry shioppers. First come first served.
All Day Entertainment - Wailin' Waylon "the best Waylon Jennings tribute artist to ever come out of Midlothian"
6pm - After Party at the Rock Island Public House (discounts with your Beverly Records receipt)

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-715-5901
Bucket O' Blood will sponsor the Record Store Day Afternoon Drinking Party and Acoustic Show with live music all day (BYOB) from:

Devon Kay (Devon Kay & the Solutions/Direct Hit)
Mike Petruccelli (Dead End Days)
Luis Carrassco (Huff)
Marc Ruvolo (Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush/Kix)

Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325 - @davesrecordschi
Dave's opens at 11am on Saturday, in honor of RSD. As always, observe Dave's Record Store Day rules (which are plentiful and newly revised). Dave plans to release his official list of RSD items that he'll have in stock (again, read the rules) at 11pm Friday night on his blog. He'll also host some live music in the afternoon, for your listening pleasure:

3pm - Brain Vacation
4pm - The Hops
5pm - Painted Ghosts

Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800 - @DustyGroove
From Rick: "As always with these things, we've still got a few irons in the fire, and a few details that we're still working out — which could mean some even more surprises." Rick plans to be open from 8am to 9pm on Saturday. He also has planned: a special gift for the first 100 customers, a chance to spin the wheel of fortune with every purchase, refreshments and free giveaways all day long, contests for one-of-a-kind items, live magic in the early afternoon, a performance from George Freeman at 4pm and music from DJ Joe Bryl spinning from 8am to 10am.

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi
Gramaphone plans to have plenty of live DJs spinning, including Bonobo of NinjaTune, Qwel & Maker of Galapagos4, Innserspace Halflife and many others. (More details.)

Groovin' High - 1047 W. Belmont Ave. - 773-476-6846
Groovin' High has their celebration planned out with the following: free Goodie Bags to early customers (with music related swag!), lots of the Special RSD only releases will be available — 7 inches and LPs, half off used LPs and used movies and they'll offer extended hours from 7am-8pm.

Hyde Park Records - 1377 E. 53rd St. - 773-288-6588 - @hydprkrcrds
Hyde Park Records is getting in the spirit with a Soul Reunion in honor of Record Store Day. Opening at the crack of noon (and open till 8pm), they'll host the Thursday Night Dusties Party DJs from WHPK FM. Albums, 45s,12 inches, and DVDs will be marked down, and the Dusties Party DJs will be spinning music all day long. Free food, CD giveaways, and special guests will be stopping by. Here's your invitation.

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

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569 - @lauriespos
So much is going on at Laurie's on Saturday, it's a little crazy. The first few hundred customers or so will receive a free newly designed Laurie's tote bag. The first 40ish customers will receive a free newly designed Laurie's tote filled with random goodies. Chubby Wieners will be there once again in their Wiener Wagon serving up breakfast and lunch! Half Acre Beer Company will be taking 10% off any purchase with a Laurie's RSD receipt, and vice-versa!

And here's the rundown of events as they stand so far:

9am–12:30pm - General chaos
12:30pm - Edward Burch & the Grand Ennui will perform Mike Nesmith's "And The Hits Just Keep On Coming" album in its' entirety!
2pm - Bloodshot Records recording artist Luke Winslow King
3:30pm - Dolly Varden
5pm–8pm - BLVD Records + Modern Tapes present awesome minimal wave bands CLAPS & UNUR, with local ambient/drone master CINCHEL performing before/after/around.
10pm - Close

KStarke Records - 1109 N. Western Ave - 773-772-4880 - @Kstarke_Records
Celebrate Record Store Day with big fun, good folks, and crates and crates of great records to dig through, while listening to an amazing line up of djs...all day long.

Kstarke Records presents...
The Spin & Dig: Record Store Day In-Store Party!

feat. live dj sets by

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744 - @PermanentRex
Permanent's Chicago store opens at 7am on Saturday, they'll offer an exclusive 2013 record store day LP release of Aloha by Australia's Cuntz which will be distributed as 100 copies on white vinyl to go around exclusively at Permanent Chicago and Los Angeles on RSD. (Another 200 on black have been distributed world-wide.) They'll also host the following in-store performances throughout the day (times TBA):

Maybe and The Sick Fucks

The Hecks


Gel Set

Wax Idols

TV Ghost


Sros Lords

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

Reckless Records - (Various) - @RecklessRecords
Reckless' ever-growing locations will host in-store performances and RSD swag.

Wicker Park location - 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-235-3727
12 noon–5pm - Rock n' Roll caricatures by Steve 'Plastic Crimewave' Krakow

Followed by free in-store performances by:
1pm - Their/They're/There (Mike Kinsella of Owen/ American Football)
2pm - Spec Mountain
3pm - Jar'd Loose
4pm - Lair of the Minotaur

Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080
2pm Tim Kinsella (solo)
3pm JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (acoustic)
4pm Hound Mouth

Loop location - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878
No in-store performances at the Loop location this year, but they promise to be "overflowing with Record Store Day product"

Also, Reckless noted on its Facebook page, that they "recently took over Cyklopx Records in Forest Park. This store will be participating in Record Store Day, but in a smaller capacity than the other Reckless stores." Cyklopx Records is located at 7511 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL. 708-488-0303. Open 10am-7pm on Saturday.

Live in-store performances by:
1pm - El Mejor
2pm - Doctor Pyramid

Record Breakers (above Reggie's Rock Club) - 2109 S. State St. - 312-949-0125 - @reggieslive
Record Breakers will open early at 8am, and will offer free hot dogs and pop for shoppers.

Live performances by:
10:45am - Kangaroo
11:30am - The New Diet
12:15pm - Flatfoot 56
1:15pm - The Kickback
2pm - Super Minotaur
2:45pm - Free Drugs
3:30pm - Magicks
4:15pm - Suns
5pm - Joan of Arc (solo set)

saki - 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. - 773-486-3997 - @sakistore
From saki: "As always, we try to make RSD at saki as much fun as possible. Sure, we all want those limited releases, but what are you to do all day after you get that Liquid Swords box set!? Well, we've got an in-store marathon running from 1pm to 7pm (we'll announce the full lineup with BV Chicago) followed by a short break and then another live taping of the Revolutions Per Minute podcast with hosts Joe McAdam and Nick Rouley and their guests Blizzard Babies!"

Second Hand Tunes - 800 Dempster St., Evanston - 847-491-1690
They'll be opening at 8am on Saturday and they'll have cool tote bags filled with assorted goodies (buttons, CD's, stickers, etc.) free with any purchase (while supplies last).

Shake, Rattle & Read - 4812 N. Broadway Ave. - 773-334-5311
Open from 11 am - 6pm, they'll feature a special event 'Live' performance: DJ Ian Dinsmor from 1pm-3pm spinning nothing but vinyl. Plus discounts including:

$2 off any new vinyl LP
20% off all used vinyl LP's and 45's and cassettes and CD's
20% off all music related books
50% off all vintage rock and music related magazines

Vintage Vinyl - 925 Davis St., Evanston - 847-328-2899
Doors open 11am wherein begins the mad rush to get your exclusive releases and something from the other 30,000+ pieces of music in the store.

Live in-store performance by:
12 noon - The Luck Of Eden Hall

Chicago Labels

Bloodshot Records
From Bloodshot:
"We'll have local post-punk soul heroes JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound laying down an acoustic set at Reckless Records in Lakeview (3126 N. Broadway) at 3pm. There will be a special limited edition 7" on hand for the event ("I Got High" b/w "River") that includes a download-able preview track from their highly anticipated new record "HOWL" hitting ears on 5/21.

Further north at Laurie's Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square (4639 N. Lincoln ), also at 3pm, New Orleans ' own Luke Winslow-King (the latest artist to join our stable) will be making North Lincoln Ave. sound more like Frenchman Street in New Orleans with his signature mix of delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock & roll. Copies of his Bloodshot debut, "The Coming Tide" will be available to take the party home. There may be second lining...

All our local record stores will have copies of our special limited edition release from Justin Townes Earle, Yuma, made especially for Record Store Day 2013 Yuma is JTE's debut EP, self released by the man himself on CD back in 2008; this special limited edition 10" pressing is the only time it's ever been available on vinyl, and it includes a download card for the full EP, plus a selection of cuts from JTE's other Bloodshot releases."

Thrill Jockey Records
Thrill Jockey has new albums releasing Saturday from some of their awesome roster: Double Dagger offer 333, their final album, and If We Shout Loud Enough, a documentary DVD; Golden Void offer up a 7" of two brand new songs; and Thrill Jockey continues vinyl reissue campaign with new editions of Oval's Systemisch and 94diskont.

Numero Group
Numero Group's celebration of RSD is bordering on epic this year, with a pop-up store in Logan Square's Comfort Station (watch out for traffic, folks!) from 9am-5pm at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. They'll also offer these gems (at the popup at at various mom-and-pop establishments): NUM704 Hüsker Dü: Amusement 2×7″ (details), NUM202.1 Giant Henry: Big Baby LP (details), and NUM201.5 Codeine: What About The Lonely? CD/LP (details). Additionally, they'll be manufacturing several items you can only buy at Comfort Station that day, including: NUM025.5 24-Carat Black: Acetate picture disc 10″ (details). Keep an eye out today on the Numero blog to find out more about where you can find these little guys, outside of the Comfort Station.


We'll post some staff experiences after we shake off the dust this weekend, so keep an eye out for more! Happy diving, everyone!

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Dirk van den Heuvel / April 19, 2013 4:44 PM

Get a jump on your RSD shopping with our Pre-RSD Sale/Record Release Party!

Groove Dis Pre-RSD Sale/Record Release Party

Groove Distribution
346 N. Justine Street, Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60625

Friday, April 19, 6PM until Midnight

30% off all regularly priced items
overstock sold by the pound! $3.99/lb

DJ Lineup, Friday 4-19-13, 6pm to Midnight.
Tim Zawada: 6-6:30pm
Hector Lopez: 6:30-7:00pm
Glenn Underground: 7:00-7:45pm
Studio Casual: 7:45-8:30pm
Ron Trent: 8:30-9:15pm
Samone: 9:15-10:00pm
Boogie Nite: 10:00-10:45pm
Hieroglyphic Being: 10:45-11:30pm
Andrew Emil (Change Request): 11:30-Close

Ron Trent's "Crossroads" and Boogie Nite's "Free 2013" singles both available tonight for the first time anywhere in the world!

If you can't make it please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

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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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