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Stores Wed Apr 15 2015

Record Store Day 2015: Chicago's Best Shops and More

rsd 2015 small.jpgOnce more into the breach, dear friends, as Record Store Day is here again! Perhaps the biggest day of the year for audiophiles and vinyl hoarders, it's also a time to show local shops some love, and maybe discover a new place you've never shopped before.

As always, check out the special Record Store Day releases in PDF or web form, then make a plan to hit your local Chicago store on Saturday! Most shops not only offer what limited edition RSD items they were able to get in stock, but also discounts, and a general atmosphere of celebration.

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Chicagoland stores participating in Record Store Day 2015

Audio Archaeology - 1324 W. Devon Ave. - 773-856-3472 - @vintageaudiochi
This relatively new record and vintage audio stop in Rogers Park is also breaking into the RSD game with some deals and celebrations. Opening at 9am for the early bird shoppers. RSVP to be entered in the raffle.

Beverly Records - 11612 S. Western Ave. - 773-779-0066 - @BeverlyRecords
Things get started early on Thursday night at the Rock Island Public House in Blue Island with a good ole fashioned brew and view to watch the official movie of Record Store Day: Records Collecting Dust. They'll also be collecting donations at the door for Special Olympics - Illinois.

Saturday at 7am - Doors open and 20% used vinyl sale begins
All day long - Snacks for hungry shoppers
2pm - Live entertainment from Wailin' Waylon "the best Waylon Jennings tribute artist to ever come out of Midlothian"

Bucket O' Blood Books and Records - 2307 N. Milwaukee Ave. - 773-715-5901
They will open at 10 am with select vinyl titles on sale, free food and drinks, and giveaways throughout the day! Plus, they'll have a few limited edition art prints by John Mellencamp (yes, that John Mellencamp). Details on the giveaway. Details on RSD specials. They'll also be giving away goody bags to early arrivers and having give aways through out the day — plenty of swag for all: tshirts, koozies, buttons, cds, posters, etc. They'll be spinning vinyl all day and serving up Mexican food and treats — tamales, pastries, candy, chips/salsa, etc., PLUS adult drinks for 21+ guests!

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 2015). Dave plans to release his official list of RSD items that he'll have in stock (again, read the rules) on Friday night on his blog. The early photos look promising. Tshirts will be 50% off, and Molly's Cupcakes will be plentiful (though limited in number), among other deals and perks. Also, free candy!

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:
-- the first 100 people get a special prize bag
-- everyone gets a spin on a giant wheel of fortune for swag from record companies including shirts, posters and other merchandise.
-- contests to win big, special items often vintage collectibles they've found in their travels.
-- there will also be a magician (!!)
-- plus, refreshments all day long for shoppers as well as a few food trucks parked outside. This year, the coffee is from Dark Matter and the baked goods are from West Town Bakery. One confirmed food truck is 5114 Empanadas, with possibly more TBA.

Gramaphone Records - 2843 N. Clark St. - 773-472-3683 @gramaphonechi
Gramaphone plans a RSD release party starts at 11am and will include performances by:
Steve Mizek (Argot/Tasteful Nudes)
Merle aka Merwyn Sanders of Virgo Four (Stripped & Chewed)
Mazi, Nathan Drew Larsen & Joshua (Iz) (Fresh Meat)
Jerome Derradji (Still Music)
DJ Hyperactive (CLR)
Tim Zawada (Tugboat Edits/Star Creature)
Harry Tyner
The Gramaphone Shop Boyz
and more!

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 noon. There will be DJ sets, free food & drinks, giveaways, and vinyl deals.

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

Laurie's Planet of Sound - 4639 N. Lincoln Ave. - 773-271-3569 - @lauriespos
All Laurie's event details can be found on Facebook (where they'll also post the RSD specials Friday) but in addition to the exclusives and exuberant crowds, there's also the live in-store performances in the following schedule:
9am: Doors open
12:30pm: The Polkaholics
1-2pm: Laurie's DJ Tim Miller
2pm: Phil Angotti & Friends performing Simon & Garfunkel's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme"
2:30-3:30pm: Laurie's DJ John Laurie
3pm-4pm: Honorary Laurie's employee Terri Hemmert of WXRT meet & greet!
3:30pm: The Handcuffs
4-5pm: DJ Miss Alex White of White Mystery
5pm: The Baby Magic
6pm: Staring Problem
7pm: Andrew Marrah (of New Canyons) performance, in conjunction with our new neighboring business Synth City (located inside Rock N Roll Vintage at 4707 N. Lincoln Ave).

Bonus: 5-8pm: occasional sets by DJ Peroxide who will DJ throughout the BLVD & Friends RSD Evening and finish out the night!

10pm: Close

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

Constance K
Ross Kelly
Tim Zawada
Marlowe Baca
King Hippo
Sol Son
Charly Garcia
Kinky P
Lady D
Tone B. Nimble

Permanent Records - 1914 W. Chicago Ave. - 773-278-1744 - @PermanentRex
Permanent's Chicago store opens at 8am on Saturday. All titles are one per customer and first come first served. And Dark Matter will be providing free coffee! Full details on their blog and instagram where they'll post some RSD deliveries. West Town Bakery will be providing FREE Dark Matter Coffee and snacks inside Permanent in the morning. Roots Handmade Pizza will be providing FREE snacks inside the store in the afternoon.

In-store performances start at 4:30pm:
ADT (American District Telegraphy)

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

Reckless Records - (Various) - @RecklessRecords
Reckless' locations will host in-store performances and RSD swag. Full details on Facebook.

[NEW address] Wicker Park location - 1379 N. Milwaukee - 773-235-3727
Sea & Cake - 3pm
Robert Trujillo (Metallica) signing - 3:30-5pm
DJ Client - 5:30pm

PLUS, Revolution Brewing is collaborating with the store for a new beer called "Hand Over First" (a light-medium bodied all-malt lager named to honor the symbols of Reckless and Revolution). They'll set up a pop-up shop at The Emporium Arcade Bar (across the street). Local bands Ribbon Head, Roach Beach and Meatwave will play. Game tokens, Revolution Brewing gear and beer samples will be offered with a receipt for $50 or more from any Reckless Records location. This event will start at 12:30pm and will continue the rest of the day.

Lakeview location - 3126 N. Broadway - 773-404-5080
Lasers and Fast and Shit - 2pm
Local H - 3pm
Ne-Hi - 4pm

Loop location - 26 E. Madison - 312-795-0878
Tim Kinsella - 2pm

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. Details on Facebook.

Live performances by:
Lasers & Fast & Shit - 11am
Shiloh - 11:45am
Regular Fucked Up People - 12:30pm
Jollys - 1:15pm
Ko - 2pm
Post Animal - 2:45pm
Sorry Daisy - 3:30pm
The Sueves - 4:15pm
Pleasure Hammer - 5pm

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 including an after-party at The Burlington. See their RSD stock online. There'll be a photo booth and art show/debut of work by Rob Karlic, plus free Dark Matter coffee.

Live performances from (not in order, times TBA):
Cheap Girls
Advance Base
Sleeping Bag
Supreme Nothing
The Sueves

Shake, Rattle & Read - 4812 N. Broadway Ave. - 773-334-5311
Open noon-6pm, the store will celebrate with more than just a day — it's an entire weekend-long sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday titled "Record Store Daze." The sale includes 25% off everything in the store which includes vinyl, CDs, tapes, 45s, magazines, books and more. Plus, they've been bringing up items from "the vaults" including old rock magazines going back as far as 1973.

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 Ellis Clark perform at 11am and The Luck of Eden Hall perform later on in the day. Plus, a raffle is in the works!

Chicago Labels

Bloodshot Records
From Bloodshot:
Last April Fools Day, we made a joke about releasing a Prince covers record, and it seemed people were pretty seriously miffed when they found out it wasn't real. So we took it upon ourselves to press up this little 7" gem for RSD 2015:

Side A features Lydia Loveless covering The Purple One's "I Would Die 4 U" while Cory Branan gives "Under the Cherry Moon" a twangy, solo guitar spin on the B-Side. Strictly limited to 1000 copies pressed on (you guessed it...) purple vinyl. Find 'em locally at Laurie's Planet of Sound, Reckless Records, Dave's Records, saki, Rediscover Records, in Elgin, Mile Long Records in Wheaton, Rolling Stones in Norridge, and more fine purveyors of quality music.

Thrill Jockey Records
TJ will be reissuing the classic Pullman albums Turnstyles & Junkpiles and Viewfinder on vinyl for RSD. Pullman is comprised of some sincere Chicago heavy-hitters, including Doug McCombs (Tortoise/Brokeback/Eleventh Dream Day), Chris Brokaw (Codeine), Bundy Brown (ortoise/Directions), and Curtis Harvey (Rex). Be on the lookout for them at your local store.

Numero Group
Numero Group are once again doing a pop-up shop at Logan Square's Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) between 9am and 5pm. They'll have the entire Numero catalog on hand, plus discounted dingers, loosies, and exclusives. They'll also have a room full of used merchandise being trucked in from around the midwest, including about 10,000 45s, priced to move.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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