Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day. It’s a day to celebrate music, specifically the independent record stores that sell it and the exclusive vinyl selections by hundreds of bands being released as an incentive to get music fans into the stores.
Before you head out, check out our guide to what’s happening locally at various record stores around the Philadelphia area.
Below, listen to some of the offerings for the day including Bleeding Rainbow’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Glynis,” Bardo Pond’s cover of Brian Eno’s “Here Comes The Warm Jets,” Django Django’s cover of The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” and a demo of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.
It’s the time of year to trade in all those hard earned dollars for some new vinyl – as if you didn’t do that all year long already.
And if you don’t, Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 19th – is a good a day as any to start. While the debate continues as to whether or not the “holiday” has outgrown its original goal of celebrating independent record stores across the country, and turned more towards larger labels reissuing classics to cash in, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take advantage of what’s been released and take advantage of any potential deals.
When heading out this Saturday, be ready for something unavoidable – crowds. Blair Elliot, owner of Doylestown’s Siren Records, says that RSD has blown up a little more every year to the point of bringing more people through his shop’s doors than the Christmas shopping season. His store will have most of the RSD-exclusive releases. And if you check the RSD website; that’s quite a formidable list; must be a big investment for an independent store.
“We hope it’s big this year because it’s costing us a lot,” Elliot says laughing. “I don’t think it’s a risk, but you just need to make sure you sell enough of what you get.”
Siren Records will also be hosting Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band and Our Griffins for an in-store performance starting at 6 p.m. Forsyth and company will be releasing, Solar Live 11.15.13, a recording of the band’s November show at the Rotunda.
The show happening at Siren is just one of many in-store shows this year. Northern Liberties’ Creep Records is treating RSD as a “grand re-opening” as they expand into a neighboring store in the Piazza at Schmidt’s (shoppers will be able to enter from a new door on the inside of the Piazza). They plan to mark their stock down ten percent and expect to have all the RSD-exclusive releases. Goddamnit, Ex Friends, Good Graces and Families will be playing their in-store show starting around 4 p.m. Continue reading →
Local newcomers A Victim of Good Times released their debut album The Full Catastrophe last week and it’s a flashback to mid-’90s indie rock and a flash forward to something fresh. Citing the Pixies, Weezer, Nirvana, and Pavement among their influences it’s clear that the ’90s are the era of choice from which they draw significant inspiration. The record release show isn’t until May 9th at Newark’s Mojo Main, but you can catch them live at Wilmington’s Oddity Bar on April 18th and at Jupiter Records for Record Store Day on April 19th. Listen to “Evening Fires” below and get the album for free here.
Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg was a busy guy this past Saturday. He did an in-store performance at Main Street Music in Manayunk for Record Store Day, and played the Keswick Theatre in the evening. All photos by Chris Sikich; check out his website here.
A.K.A. Music (Old City) – Teaming up with Philebrity, there will be live music from 1-5pm, featuring Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Bridge Underwater, Mikele Edwards. More information at the store’s Facebook event page.
Repo Records (South Street) – Local bands performing, giveaways of records, CDs, etc.
Long in the Tooth (Center City) – Show featuring local bands starting at 9pm, after closing. Also, if you are 21 or older, stop by during the day for other refreshing “give-aways.”
Main St. Music (Manayunk) – Bands performing all day – from noon to 6pm including: Billy Bragg at noon; Travel Lanes at 1:50, a signing with The Joy Formidable at 2:30, Shark Tape at 4 and Generationals at 5PM.
Hideaway Music (Chestnut Hill) – Lots of limited RSD releases available, special screening of “Last Shop Standing” at 12 noon, and rare 45 records being spun all day by local record enthusiast Thomas Browne.