For the third year, independent record stores across the country are celebrating Record Store Day. On Saturday, more than 700 stores, including more than a dozen in Northeast Ohio, will offer piles of exclusive, limited-edition music and merchandise and in-store appaearances by musicians.
Read on for a partial list for some of the one-time-only merch and deals. First, though, here’s a rundown of some area stores, what they’re doing and what they’ll be offering.
For even more info about Record Store Day, and for a complete list of some of the items created for it, visit recordstoreday.com. If you're looking for any specific merch, call ahead first to make sure the store carries it.
"[Record Store Day] reminds people there are independents in any business that need to survive," says Record Den owner Gary Beaumont, "or there are one or two businesses that will control everything." —D.X. Ferris
Square Records (824 W. Market St., Highland Square, Akron, 330.375.9244) is selling $20 mystery bags of posters, music and T-shirts. The store is concentrating on 7-inch records, including a Black Keys/Flaming Lips split, Pavement and Guided by Voices. Low in the Sky's Joe Minadeo will play improvised electronic-acoustic sets at 2 and 6 p.m. Chill indie band Dinomania will play at 8 p.m.
Record Den (7661 Mentor Ave Mentor, 440.946.9909) has ordered 4,000 assorted pieces, including the new Slayer single "Psychopathy Red." Only 5,000 copies of the blood-red vinyl 45 were made worldwide. The Pretenders' "Break Up the Pavement" single will also be available on red vinyl, with an unreleased track.
Celebrating its 14th anniversary, Ultrasound (36495 Vine St., Willoughby, 440.975.9570) will have a Jesus Lizard 7-inch box set, Guided by Voices' Hold on Hope (on vinyl for the first time) and EPs from Death Cab for Cutie, MC5 and the Stooges.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Music Saves (15801 Waterloo Rd., 216.481.1875) and the awesome new vinyl-oriented Blue Arrow Records (16001 Waterloo Rd., 216.486.2415) will host live music indoors and outside, with Brian Straw, Prisoners, HotChaCha and the Very Knees.
Here is what Music Saves plans to have in stock:
AKRON/FAMILY Everyone is Guilty b/w Total Destruction LIMITED 7”- 1st single from new album + unreleased b-side
BLACK KIDS Wizard of Ahhs LIMITED 7”- 4 original demos,1st time in physical form
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Born on a Day LIMITED 7”- colored vinyl
BLITZEN TRAPPER War is Placebo b/w Booksmart Baby LIMITED 7”- 2 previously unreleased tracks
CAMERA OBSCURA French Navy b/w The World is Full of Strangers LIMITED 7”- non-LP b-side
LEONARD COHEN The Future b/w Suzanne LIMITED 7”- live in London,3x5 photo included
COLD WAR KIDS Live at Fingerprints LIMITED CD - 5 tracks
ELVIS COSTELLO Complicated Shadows b/w Dirty Rotten Shame LIMITED 7”- exclusive b-side,3x5 photo included
CURSIVE + LADYFINGER LIMITED 10”- picture disc with 2 album tracks,2 unreleased
DEAD WEATHER Hang You From the Heavens LIMITED 7”- new Jack White band,album in June
DECEMBERISTS The Rake Song b/w East India Lanes LIMITED 7”- non-LP b-side
DEPECHE MODE Wrong b/w Oh Well LIMITED 7”
BOB DYLAN Dreamin’of You b/w Down Along the Cover LIMITED 7”- live,exclusive b-side,3x5 photo included
EL GRUPO NUEVO DE OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Cryptomnesia
LIMITED LP - members of Mars Volta and Hella
FLAMING LIPS + BLACK KEYS Borderline b/w Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles LIMITED 7”- covers!
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS Pencils in the Wind b/w Albi the Racist Dragon LIMITED 7”- 2 previously unreleased tracks
GREEN DAY Dookie LP
GRIZZLY BEAR While You Wait For the Others b/w He Hit Me LIMITED 7”- live on KCRW
GUIDED BY VOICES Hold on Hope LIMITED LP - 1st time on vinyl,3 bonus tracks
IRON AND WINE Norfolk 6/20/05 LIMITED Live CD - 18 tracks from the 2005 Woman King tour
JANE’S ADDICTION Mountain Song b/w Standing In the Shower...Thinking LIMITED 7” - original replica picture sleeve
JANE’S ADDICTION Nothing’s Shocking LP & Ritual De Lo Habitual 2xLP
JESUS LIZARD Inch LIMITED 7”box set - 9x7”,released on Touch and Go 1989-1994
JENNY LEWIS (with Elvis Costello) Carpet Baggers b/w Go Away LIMITED 7”
LONEY DEAR + ANDREW BIRD LIMITED 7”- hand silkscreened covers,tour and mail order item
LYKKI LI + EL PERRO DEL MAR After Laughter (Comes Tears) b/w At Your Best (You Are Love) LIMITED 7”- 2 unreleased covers
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO.It’s Made Me Cry LIMITED 7” - 4 tracksMC5 Kick Out the Jams b/w Motor City is Burning LIMITED 7”- original replica picture sleeve,1st time available since 1969
METRIC Help I’m Alive b/w Help I’m a B-Side LIMITED 7” - picture disc,1st single from new album + exclusive b-side
MODEST MOUSE Satellite Skin b/w Guilty Cocker Spaniels LIMITED 7”- 1st in a series of 4,all new tracks
MY MORNING JACKET Celebración De La Ciudad Natal Live CD/LP
NEW ORDER Temptation b/w Hurt LIMITED 7” - mastered from original tapes,never before available in the U.S.as a 7”
FRANZ NICOLAY Major General CD - keyboardist inThe Hold Steady
OBITS I Can’t Lose b/w Military Madness LIMITED 7”- brand new tracks
PAVEMENT Live in Germany 12” - an entire unreleased album from 1998,all tracks exclusive to this release
ELVIS PERKINS Lorraine,Lookout b/w I’ll Be Arriving LIMITED 7”- 1 previously unreleased track
RADIOHEAD Drill,Creep,My Iron Lung,High & Dry,Fake Plastic Trees,Just,Street Spirit (Fade Out),Paranoid Android,Karma Police,No Surprises,Pyramid Song,2+2=5 vinyl singles
ARTHUR RUSSELL Love is Overtaking Me LIMITED 2LP - 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased songs
SILVERSUN PICKUPS LIMITED Pikul 12” - pre-Carnavas ep,exclusive vinyl release
SMITHS The Headmaster Ritual b/w OscillateWay LIMITED 7”- mastered from original tapes,never before available in the U.S.as a 7”
SONIC YOUTH + JAY REATARD No Garage b/w Hang Them All LIMITED 7”- both tracks exclusive
SONIC YOUTH + BECK Pay No Mind b/w Green Light LIMITED 7”- covers of each others’ songs,both tracks exclusive
CHARLES SPEARIN (Broken Social Scene) 12”- 8 tracks,raised embossed jacket
REGINA SPEKTOR Begin to Hope LP
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN What Love Can Do b/w A Night With the Jersey Devil LIMITED 7”- exclusive b-side,3x5 photo included
STOOGES 1969 b/w Real Cool Time LIMITED 7”- original replica picture sleeve
TALKING HEADS Talking Heads:77 LP
THERMALS + THAO LIMITED 7”- 4 unreleased tracks
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES + RUSSIAN CIRCLES LIMITED 12”- clear vinyl,unreleased tracks,reissue of EuroTour Release
VETIVER Wishing Well b/w Pay No Mind LIMITED 7”- 2 previously unreleased tracks
TOM WAITS LIMITED Live From the Glitter & Dome Tour 7”- live tracks from Atlanta and Edinburgh
WHISKEYTOWN San Antone b/w The Great Divide LIMITED 7”- 2 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1996WILCO Ashes of American Flags DVD - exclusive to indie stores for the 1st 10 days,downloads of all songs,+ more
YEAH YEAH YEAHS It’s Blitz LP
NEIL YOUNG Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 1968,200 gram,2LP
VARIOUS THRILL JOCKEY RecordsToreism LIMITED LP +2 zines —Tortoise Mountains, TransAm, Double Dagger, White Hills
VARIOUS This LP Crashes Hard Drives Label Comp LIMITED LP - plus catalogs,postcards,a magazine,CD samplers,stickers,etc.
UPDATE: Record Store Day isn’t limited to hip indie-rock record stores. The following Northeast Ohio establishments — which specialize in everything from hip-hop to collectible metal imports — are participating in the promotion:
CD/Game Exchange (17462 Lorain Rd.)
Crazy Dee’s Muzik Palace (20003 Harvard Ave.)
My Mind’s Eye (13723 Madison Ave.)
Nikki’s Music (11701 Buckeye Rd.)
Phonographic Arts (1009 Kenilworth Ave.)
Shattered (12414 Lorain Ave.)
Spin-More Records (165 E. Main St., Kent)
The Joy of Music (4072 Lee Rd.)
The Music Box (8062 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls)
Time Traveler CDs (2615 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls)
Turnup Records (257 N. Water St., Kent)
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