Here's where to find exclusive RSD releases in Columbus on the annual vinyl holiday
On Saturday, April 21, vinyl enthusiasts across the country will once again line up outside their favorite independent record shops in hopes of snagging exclusive releases from their favorite bands.
While Record Store Day has grown in popularity ever since it debuted 10 years ago, the annual event isn't immune from criticism. For one, why do we need a sanctioned day to visit record stores? Shouldn't every day be Record Store Day? Plus, half of the RSD-exclusive stock seems to end up for sale online at obnoxious markups afterward. And do we really need a double LP of Hot Tuna's Live at the New Orleans House? Or an Eric Church covers LP? Additionally, the rush to press all of these RSD releases ends up clogging the already lengthy queue at record pressing plants.
But, when it comes to actually helping record stores, Record Store Day has proven its worth. For any record shop that participates in the vinyl holiday, RSD sales usually account for a significant portion of the store's annual income. So even if the idea of Record Store Day and its exclusive pressing of Johnny Mathis' I Love My Lady has become distasteful to you, the event probably helps keep the doors of your favorite shop open all the other days of the year, and that's something to celebrate.
Here's a rundown of what's happening at record shops across Columbus on April 21, which, for some reason, the city also recently declared “Columbus Music Day.” For a full list of RSD releases, head to recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.
Lost Weekend Records
2960 N. High St., Clintonville
Lost Weekend will have RSD exclusives and swag bags available at 8 a.m. on April 21, and the store will also hold a four-day sale from April 20-23 (33 percent off used LPs, 45 percent off used 45s, 78-cent 78s, 10 percent off new stock and 20 percent off almost everything else). Lost Weekend will also be the only place to snag a 7-inch from local act Quemado. Alison Rose will be onsite printing T-shirts, plus there will be raffles to win tickets to the Nelsonville Music Festival and PromoWest shows.
1155 N. High St., Short North
Magnolia will open at its regular time, 10 a.m., and will have RSD releases on hand, focusing mostly on LPs and box sets (rather than 7-inch and cassette releases). The shop will also offer merch giveaways and a 20-percent discount on used vinyl.
Records Per Minute
2579 N. High St., Old North
In addition to a selection of (non-discounted) RSD releases at 8 a.m., RPM will take 20 percent off new and used records. The shop will also host live music:
8 a.m.-noon Live DJ set from DJ Woody Haze
1 p.m. Adam Hardy
1:30 p.m. Alex Douglas
2 p.m. Scott Brown
2:30 p.m. Joshua P. James
3:15 p.m. The Jazz Gallery Project
4:30 p.m. Satele and Dom Deshawn
116 E. Long St., Downtown
Spoonful will open its doors at 8 a.m. for the RSD-exclusive-hungry masses, though the store also employs a coupon system for items that are too expensive, heavy or scarce to put in the bins. The list of coupon items will be posted on Spoonful's Facebook page the night before, and coupons will be handed out in line at 7:30 a.m. Customers will also get 25 percent off used vinyl. Spoonful will have a limited supply of free RSD swag bags, and the Tupelo Doughnuts truck will be parked nearby from 7-8:30 a.m. Oh, and Spoonful will have porta-johns for coffee drinkers in line who just can't hold it any longer.
Used Kids Records
2500 Summit St., North Campus
This long-running Columbus institution will offer lots of RSD releases at 8 a.m. and 10 percent off everything else in the store (including vintage hi-fi equipment), plus live music:
10 a.m.-noon J Rawls DJ set
1 p.m. Bombeardo
2 p.m. Tommy Jay's Latest Freak Show
3 p.m. Grunge Dad
4 p.m. Illogic
5 p.m. Thee Thees
6 p.m. The Rough Touch
7 p.m. Burial Mountain
8 p.m. Nukkehammer
While Elizabeth's Records (3037 Indianola Ave., Clintonville) won't have exclusive releases on Record Store Day, the cozy shop will discount vinyl 20 percent storewide, plus host musical performances from Stan Smith and Lisa Bella Donna Duo and the John Evan Band. Inside Outpost, a pop-up for records and books in Canal Winchester, will celebrate RSD with a curated selection of vinyl at DogTap Columbus (96 Gender Rd.).
Vinyl lovers will also want to check out the Columbus Ohio Record & Music Memorabilia Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Record Store Dayat The Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Rd., with more than 100 dealer tables full of vinyl and other musical sundries (CDs, posters, turntables, etc.).
In the evening, local bands MojoFlo, Damn the Witch Siren, Mistar Anderson and Zoo Trippin' will perform at Ace of Cups (2619 N. High St., Old North) to celebrate the release of 2500 Summit Street, a 7-inch of local music conceived by Vince Tornero's “In The Record Store” podcast.