It’s the most wonderful time of year – for vinyl lovers, that is. The fifth annual Record Store Day commences on Saturday with local independent record stores offering up to as many as 200 special releases from artists like Iggy Pop to Jimmy Fallon.
Expect new singles from Foster the People, Beach House, St. Vincent, and, wait for it, the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack on vinyl! Local favorites Walk the Moon will release their “Anna Sun”/”Anyway I Can” 7-inch and will perform at Shake It Records. Yes, RSD is a glorious day, so support your local record stores in catching in-store performances or adding some obscure nuggets to your ever-growing record collection.
Mole’s Record Exchange
111 Calhoun Street, University Heights. 513-861-6291
Mole’s will have some in-store discounts and giveaways. Dean Newman from Mole’s is anticipating jazz 10-inchers, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends,” the Black Key’s deluxe edition of “El Camino,” the Grateful Dead “Dark Star: Europe ‘72 Olympia Theatre - Paris, France 5/4/72” live LP, Gary Clark Jr. “Presents HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. 1” live LP, Genesis “Spot the Pigeon” blue 10-inch and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree’s live LP “Catalogue / Preserve / Amass.”
Phil’s Music and Memory
3800 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring. 859-441-2514, www.philsrecords.com
The shop will have a sale on all used records and CDs and a $1 off anything new to reward people for coming in. They’ll also have exclusive releases on hand including the “Iggy and the Stooges Live at All Tomorrows Parties” LP, which Phil himself said customers are looking forward to. “People are definitely getting into to the feel good thing of going to a local record shop which fires me up,” he said. “If that’s becoming part of their fabric, that’s awesome.”
6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. 513-531-4500; www.everybodysrecords.net
The Pleasant Ridge shop will have four in-store performances and be giving away gift certificates and other prizes. Everybody’s said their customers keep calling about Ryan Adams covers of Bob Mould songs “Heartbreak A Stranger” / “Black Sheets Of Rain” 7-inch, and Phish’s “Junta” vinyl box set.
1 p.m: The Newport Secret Six; 3 p.m. Strange Tongues; 4 p.m The Cla-Zels; 5 p.m. Playfully Yours.
Shake It Records
4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 513-591-0123; www.shakeitrecords.com
Catch Bad Veins for free at Shake It at 5 p.m., then stay for another local great, Walk the Moon, give an in-store performance. Both bands will have new records and singles available. Shake It will be open from 9 a.m-10 p.m. and will offer a 10 percent discount on purchases if customers bring canned goods to benefit C.A.I.N.’s food pantry.
Jim Blase from Shake It give his top picks:
» “The Mynah Byrds “It’s My Time / Go On And Cry”. In 1966 Neil Young and Rick James were in a band together! They recorded two songs for Motown that are finally being released in 2012.”
» “Dr. John “Locked Down,” the vinyl version of the great new Dr. John record that was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and featuring Cincinnati’s own Brian Olive.”
» “Joey Ramone “Rock n’ Roll is the Answer,” the first single from the “new” Joey Ramone release completed by friends and family from recordings he made in the last years of his all too short life.”
» “Little Richard “Here’s Little Richard,” a vinyl reissue of his first album for Specialty Records, one of the greatest records of all time. Hopefully, music labels will continue to reissue classic albums on LP.”
» “MC5 and Afrika Bambaataa “Kick Out The Jams,” a split 45 with the original 1968 call to revolution by the MC5 and a cover version from the funk/hip-hop/electro pioneer [Bambaataa].
318 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Ohio. 937-275-9949, www.omegamusicdayton.com
At noon, R. Ring kicks off the day with an in-store performance, and if you purchase a T-shirt, they’ll throw in a CD with a couple of their songs for free. Nine other bands perform throughout the day including Me & Mountains, Astro Fang and Cincy’s own Buffalo Killers. Other activities include screen printing by Basho Apparel and a 10:15 p.m. screening of the record store-set ‘90s classic “Empire Records.” (which also has a killer soundtrack) at nearby Neon Movies. Check out Liv Tyler and gang for $6, or $4 if you have a receipt from a local indie record store.
Omega’s Picks: St. Vincent’s “Krokodil” / “Grot” 7-inch, Shabazz Palaces “Live at KEXP”, Animal Collective’s “Transverse Temporal Gyrus”, The Flaming Lips “Heady Fwends” and Mastodon / Feist 7-inch “Commotion / Black Tongue”.
» What are you going to pick up this weekend? Local blog Each Note Secure makes some picks.