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Record Store Day 2014: Where to Go in Chicago


Seven years down the line, and it feels like Record Store Day comes earlier every year. And maybe it's just because we've barely scratched the surface of the promised warm weather this year in Chicago, but we're really giddy about RSD this year. Getting out of the house? Mingling with other music-minded folks? Rewarding ourselves with new vinyl? Sign us up! So here we are, once again, mapping out stores to visit (and perhaps even mentally rating restaurants nearby to grab a malted beverage at afterwards). If you've made your own wish list of RSD releases, here's where you might want to go to find them:

Chicagoland stores participating in Record Store Day 2014

Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066 - @BeverlyRecords
Schedule of events:
8am - Doors open - 20% Used Vinyl Sale Begins
All day long: Snacks for hungry shoppers
All Day Entertainment - Wailin' Waylon "the best Waylon Jennings tribute artist to ever come out of Midlothian"
6pm - RSD After-Party at the Rock Island Public House (drinks are $1.00 off when you show a receipt from any record shop with the date of April 19th)

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-715-5901
Bucket O' Blood will open early on Record Store Day — 10am — and will serve free coffee and donuts! Live acoustic sets all day long (artists TBD).

Dave's Records - 2604 N. Clark St. - 773-929-6325 - @davesrecordschi or see Facebook
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 for 2014). 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. Tshirts will be 50% off, and Molly's Cupcakes will be plentiful, among other deals and perks. There will also be a raffle for some Numero Group box sets. So if you're waiting around the store on Saturday, put your name in!

Dusty Groove Records - 1120 N. Ashland Ave. - 773-342-5800 - @DustyGroove
At Dusty Groove this year, there's lots to win! Here's the skinny, they'll be:
--Opening the doors at 8am.
--Providing food from West Town Bakery all day long — even to folks in line.
--Giving away a free gift to the first 100 customers.
--Hosting a special coffee tasting from Passion House Coffee.
--Giving a spin of the Wheel Of Fortune to every customers.
--Offering other refreshments and gifts all day long.
--Hosting a magician in the early afternoon.
--Entering hundreds of folks in a drawing for rare prizes.
--Hosting the Cheesies Chicago food truck in the afternoon.
--Closing at 9pm.

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi
Gramaphone plans a RSD release party from 11am-8pm with many (MANY) performers in-store including: Chris Gray of Deep4Life, Jerome Derradji of Still Music and Stilove4music, Steve Mizek of Argot and Tasteful NudesSmooth agent Record's Sean Smith along with Chicago Diva Carla Prather performing. Jordan Fiels of Headphoniq and Klapmaster fame and Perpetual Rhythms artists Chicago Skyway, Chicagodeep, Taelue, Dave Cook and Dj Mar. And more! There will also be available a new Gramaphone tote bag (free with $15 purchase).

Groovin' High - 1047 W. Belmont Ave. - 773-476-6846

Hyde Park Records - 1377 E. 53rd St. - 773-288-6588 - @hydprkrcrds
Hyde Park Records is getting in the spirit with another Soul Reunion in honor of Record Store Day starting at 1pm. There will be DJ sets, free food & drinks, giveaways, 50% off vinyl records, plus tons of deals.

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

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569 - @lauriespos
Aside from the usual (many RSD exclusive releases, opening at 9am, Chubby Wieners Wiener Wagon will be out for breakfast, at 4pm they'll give out 100 free hot dogs from Chubby Wieners with purchase, and TONS of free stuff/giveaways, etc). All Laurie's event details can be found on Facebook. There's also the live in-store performances, which are as follows:

Noon-2pm: BLVD Records Power Hour(s) with Savage Sister and Fake Limbs, free BLVD Records turntable slipmats
2pm Mountain Goats/John Darnielle (will do a solo set and then hang out!)
3pm The Lemons
4pm Phil Angotti & Friends do "Sounds of Silence"
5pm The Handcuffs
6pm Silver Abuse
7pm Mazes

KStarke Records - 1109 N. Western Ave - 773-772-4880 - @Kstarke_Records
KStarke will host a plethora of DJs, plus food, drinks, and general music friendliness from 10am-9pm. Details.

Gant-Man (Dance Mania)
Rude Onederful (Single Minded Pros)
Lady D (D'Lectable Music)
Steve Melvage (AMW)
Justin Long (Hugo Ball)
Nathan Drew Larsen (Hugo Ball)
Moppy (Beyond Luck/Cutz on Cuts)
Czboogie (5 Magazine)
Al Bumz (All Natural)
Mark Grusane (Mr. Peabodys)

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744 - @PermanentRex
Permanent's Chicago store once again opens at 7am on Saturday,Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19th! All titles are one per customer and first come first served. And Dark Matter will be providing free coffee!

They'll also host in-store performances throughout the day (bands and times TBA).

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
3pm Circuit Des Yeux
4pm Dance Mania DJs (Parrish Mitchell & Jammin' Gerald)
6:30pm Kim Deal, Kelley Deal & Morgan Nagler performance & signing (*there will be more details about how this signing will work TBA)

Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080
1-2pm Ghost B.C. Convocation (this is not a signing)...
Civilian Papa will be showing up to give anyone in attendance the 360 degree Papa experience. Photos will be his and your pleasure
3pm Lord Mantis (bring yer earplugs)
4pm Video Bug (members of Speck Mountain)

Loop location - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878
No in-store performances at the Loop location this year

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 exclusive RSD releases, 50% off all CDs and free hot dogs and pop for shoppers.

Live performances by:
10:15am Le Tour - psychedelic jams
11am Corbin Marsh Band - country blues
11:45am Jeff Taylor - smooth indie rock
12:30pm The New Diet - hometown heroes, straight jams
1:15pm The Wild Family - Tasty folk rock
2pm Valentiger - good ol' fashioned rock & roll
2:45pm brontosaurus - indie rock
3:30pm Mike Golden & Friends -good vibes & whiskey
4:15pm Magicks - dream pop
5:45pm Best Witches

saki - 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. - 773-486-3997 - @sakistore
Saki will open at 9am for RSD (closing at 8pm Saturday), and they'll make sure their special Record Store Day page on their blog is updated with all the latest info on releases they get in and special events/deals/hoopajoop. Plus, with an afternoon of shows sponsored by Brooklyn Vegan: Chicago, you're in for a treat at saki in Logan Square.

1pm - Wedding Dress
2pm - Minor Characters
3pm - Landmarks
4pm - Meat Wave
5pm - Negative Scanner
6pm - Their They're There

Shake, Rattle & Read - 4812 N. Broadway Ave. - 773-334-5311
Open from 11 am - 7pm for RSD, they'll feature special discounts including:

- 25% off all new & used record LP's!
- 25% off all 45s
- 25% off all rock n' rRoll magazines!
- 25% off all books in the music section!
- 25% off all new & used CD's!
- 25% off all cassettes!

Plus, buy 4 or more items and get a free silk-screened poster from shows past from venues like the Hideout and Schubas. Some are limited editions and are numbered! (While supplies last!)

Vintage Vinyl - 925 Davis St., Evanston - 847-328-2899
See Facebook for the latest info for happenings between 11am and 6pm on Saturday, but right now, they plan to have The Luck of Eden Hall perform around noon.

Chicago Labels

Bloodshot Records
In it's 20th year as an amazing Chicago label, Bloodshot's Lydia Loveless will release a special 7" with a b-side covering Ke$ha's "Blind". See my review in our Record Store Day Wish List. They'll also host artist performances around the country, if you happen to find yourself somewhere other than Chicago this year.

Thrill Jockey Records
From Thrill Jockey:
First, A Minor Forest's two classic albums, Flemish Altruism and Inindependence, will be reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day. Flemish Altruism is being presented with brand new artwork featuring many newly unearthed archival photos and was remastered from the original tapes. The records, which have been out of print for nearly a decade, will be packaged together in a special 4 LP set for Record Store Day and includes both albums in their own gatefold jackets with download cards for the first time.

Second, Glenn Jones' Welcomed Wherever I Go is being released in a limited edition, vinyl-only format for Record Store Day 2014. Welcomed Wherever I Go is a collection of live numbers, one featuring fellow guitarist Cian Nugent, and one forgotten tune recorded, speculatively, during the 2007 sessions for Jack Rose's Dr. Ragtime and His Pals.

And third, Alexander Tucker's self-titled debut was released in a micro-edition on CD-R in 2005, a quiet beginning to a solo career that would establish him as one of Britain's most forward-thinking songwriters and sound sculptors. This incubative work is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever for Record Store Day 2014, following the acclaim of his duo Grumbling Fur's breakout LP Glynnaestra. The download code that accompanies the release features over 20 minutes of additional material.

Numero Group
Numero Group are once again doing a pop-up shop at Logan Square's Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 9am-5pm on Saturday. They'll have the whole Numero catalog in stock as well as tons of non-label used stuff, collectibles, etc. Special Numero Group releases for RSD include, Dinosaur Jr. Visitors 5 x 45, South Side Story LP/CD, and Ned Doheny "Get It Up For Love" b/w "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" 45 (limited to 500, available only at our two pop up stores and in Japan). Full details.

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Mark / April 17, 2014 9:54 AM

Wait- no Logan Hardware?

WJAZ / April 18, 2014 11:14 AM

I have a record sale for record day. Coffee will be served. 1780 Maple #4 Winnetka 60093 behind the starbucks at willow and central Also If you have an original record or cd to submit to be played bring it with.
Arts and crafts too every weekend thru may 30. 11 am to 5 pm April 18 and ext sat 11 am to 5 pm

WJAZ / April 18, 2014 11:26 AM

Record day vent Sat April 18
1780 maple Suite 4
11am to 5 pm
Open Mike : Singers 3 pm

Also next 5 Sats .Art and craft and record sale

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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
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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
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Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
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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
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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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