Record Store Day marks its ninth year on Saturday, April 18 with a brand-new round of exclusive releases. Celebrating independently owned record stores, RSD has grown into an international phenomenon, with 1,400 participating stores in the U.S. alone and thousands more across six continents. No matter which corner of the Twin Cities you find yourself in this Saturday, you can show your appreciation and join the party.
The Current will scooping the scene as well: Jill Riley, Jade, and digital producer Luke Taylor will be rolling through the Twin Towns all day long. Look for our logo fan and give The Current’s team a high-five—they might just have some swag for you. Their exact timing will depend on how big a haul they make at each stop, but their plan is to start in the late morning and hit—in order—Eclipse, Down in the Valley (Golden Valley), Mill City Sound, the Electric Fetus, Hymie’s, and Barely Brothers. Later that night, you can join them at the Fitz for a screening of Empire Records—with a performance by L’Assassins!
Here’s what’s happening on Saturday at several local record shops. For more information, click the name of each shop for a link to its website.
Agharta Records, St. Paul, 10:00 a.m.
You can swing by Agharta Records for a sweet selection of RSD releases and an even sweeter helping of Nikkolette’s Macarons. Midwestern cuisine aficionados at the Gastrotruck will be serving up dishes just outside.
Barely Brothers Records, St. Paul, 10:00 a.m.
While filling your basket to the brim with RSD merch, you can relish in a local lineup of live music starting at noon: including Adam Linz’s Jazz Ensemble, The Holy Broke, Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders, the Counterfactuals, the April Fools, and High Crimes.
Cheapo Records, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Blaine
These retro haven will offer an abundance of special discounts, releases, and in-store events for a vinyl enthusiast’s dream come true.
Down in the Valley, Golden Valley, Crystal, and Maple Grove, 9:00 a.m.
All three Down in the Valley locations will open early for Record Store Day, offering records and other “fun stuff” including:
· Free items with purchase: shirts, record tote bags, record adapters, beer and sausage from New Bohemia, and more while supplies last.
· VIP Members get 25% off used vinyl and can join that day.
· Giving away tickets for Soundset, Umphrey’s McGee three-day pass, Rise Against, and more.
Eclipse Records, St. Paul, 10:00 a.m.
For sick beats and good eats, Eclipse Records claims to have the highest selection of RSD releases in the city of St. Paul. Indoors, DJs will spin from 10:00-5:00 p.m. Outdoors, Neato’s Burgers and Cafe Racer will serve some quality chow.
10:00 a.m.: Danny Sigelman
11:00 a.m.: Tony Zaccardi
12:00 p.m.: Brian Oake
1:00 p.m.: Jason Nagel
2:00 p.m.: Matt Werner
3:00 p.m.: Christy Hunt
4:00 p.m.: Martin Dosh
5:00 p.m.: Dr. Midnight
Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.
At the Fetus you can fill your ears with a full day of live music, and fill your stomachs with treats from Glam Doll Donuts, Peace Coffee, Natedogs, and Hola Arepa food trucks. The Red Bull Sound Select lounge will be parked behind the store from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., complete with a new craft area where youngsters can participate in projects recycling old vinyl and designing their own album cover. Meanwhile, over at the Dangerous Man taproom, they’ll be pouring a Fetus-approved Record Store Day beer. Customers who show an Electric Fetus receipt get a buck off the beer.
10:30 a.m.: DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission
12:00 p.m.: BNLX
1:00 p.m.: Greg Grease
2:00 p.m.: Dosh/Ghostband
3:00 p.m.: Rupert Angeleyes
4:00 p.m.: They Might Be Giants
5:00 p.m.: Erik Koskinen & Frankie Lee
Extreme Noise Records, Minneapolis, 8:00 a.m.
Early birds looking for a head start can kick off the day at Extreme Noise with free coffee and muffins. You can claim first dibs on limited RSD releases, special markdowns, giveaways, raffle tickets, and free veggie dogs. Beginning at noon, Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü will kick off the live performances, followed by Rank Strangers and Mute Swan.
Fifth Element, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.
Rhymesayers fans can make Fifth Element an RSD destination for merch markdowns, 50% off CDs, 20% off select vinyl, and more. You’ll be able to grab some grub from World Street Kitchen Food Truck and enjoy performances by Greg Grease, Andrew Broder + Crescent Moon, Uprock, Freez and Mike Frey.
Go Johnny Go, White Bear Lake, 10:00 a.m.
Go Johnny Go, run by local record maven John Kass, is hosting three bands.
2:00 p.m.: Project No Control
4:30 p.m.: Terry Eason
7:00 p.m.: Jaw Knee Vee
HiFi Hair and Records, Minneapolis
This new Loring Park shop is celebrating the legacy of the Replacements’ Slim Dunlap with a special Mad Ripple Slim Town Singles Hootenanny, as Dunlap’s The Old New Me and Times Like This are reissued on vinyl.
2:00 p.m.: Pasadena ’68
Slim Town Singles Hoot with…
3:00 p.m.: Frank Randall, Ben Glaros, Mike Ciresii, Joe Fahey, Terry Walsh
4:00 p.m.: James Dankert, John Louis, David Biljan, Nick Leet, Gini Dodds
5:00 p.m.: Katy Vernon, Martin Devaney, Steve Diedrich, Leah Rob Rule
6:00 p.m.: Curtiss A & The Slims
7:30 p.m.: Street Hassle
Hymie’s Vintage Records, Minneapolis, 11:00 a.m.
Hosting a multi-stage, family-friendly extravaganza, Hymie’s will be setting out crates upon crates of free records on 39th Avenue. Local artists will set up shop, Frattallone’s Ace Hardware will offer kid-approved activities across the street, and Peppers & Fries will cater scratch-made burgers, burritos and beer. At 5:30, one of the scheduled artists, Pennyroyal, will be playing their last show ever.
11:00 a.m.: Jake Manders
12:00 p.m.: Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
1:00 p.m.: The Ericksons
2:00 p.m.: Mike Munson and Mikkel Beckmen
3:00 p.m.: Barbara Jean
4:00 p.m.: Chastity Brown
5:00 p.m.: The Dumpy Jug Bumpers
6:30 p.m.: Lutheran Heat
8:00 p.m.: Wizards Are Real
39th Avenue Stage
11:00 a.m.: Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band
12:30 p.m.: Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band
2:00 p.m.: Brian Laidlaw (short set)
2:30 p.m.: Gabe Barnett
4:00 p.m.: Southside Desire
5:30 p.m.: Pennyroyal
IT Records, Minneapolis
Ryan Cameron invites you to visit “IT Records inside FindFurnish (13 5th St. N.E.). We’re open from 10-7 and have DJs, live music, and a large amount of good quality used vinyl. The record room has only been open a month but people are loving it!”
Know Name Records, Minneapolis, 9:30 a.m.
For a multifaceted celebration, you can show Know Name Records some love on their 38th anniversary. You can also enter their all-day drawing for a chance to win a free turntable and other RSD-themed prizes.
Mill City Sound, Hopkins, 9:00 a.m.
This relatively new record store in Hopkins is offering free refreshments and, with a $100 purchase, a free t-shirt. Any purchase also includes drink tickets for what they’re calling an “in-store, next door” performance at the adjacent Mainstreet Bar & Grill. (The performance is open to all ages.)
Roadrunner Records, Minneapolis, 9am
At Roadrunner, you can bask in the Saturday sunshine and browse a $2 LP sidewalk sale with a tasty grilled hotdog. Aside from RSD releases, you can take advantage of additional markdowns including an in-house designed T-shirt giveaway and 50% off CDs.
Treehouse Records, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m.
For a live taste of an RSD exclusive release, singer-songwriter >Cory Branan, who is featured on an RSD LP of Prince covers, will be performing in-store at 5:00 p.m.
If you find the higher-profile events picked over or overcrowded, stop by either of the Tri Sound locations for a well-stacked assortment of RSD releases.
Selena Carlson is currently tackling a double major in journalism and music business at Augsburg College. In addition to writing, she is an avid enthusiast of all things banjo; biking; and breakfast for dinner.