Your guide to Columbus record shops on the annual vinyl holiday
Every April, designated record stores stock their shelves and crates with limited-edition releases and all sorts of swag to celebrate Record Store Day, the annual holiday for vinyl fetishists that gets bigger every year. Even if a RSD exclusive Twiztid LP gets your gag reflex going, take comfort in the knowledge that this holiday is a financial boon to independently owned vinyl purveyors, and it may just bring someone into a shop who wouldn't have visited otherwise.
Here's a rundown of what's happening at record shops across Columbus on Saturday, April 13.
Craft & Vinyl
1806 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview
C&V's RSD festivities begin on Thursday, April 11, at 1 p.m. with a 15 percent off sale on new and used records, a Dogfish Head tap takeover, giveaways and live music at 7 p.m. from Tomorrow Daily, Let Them Hear, Nathan Winkelmes, Chartreuse Caboose and Fools Fire. On Friday the shop will open at 1 p.m., with live music at 7 p.m. from Bexley Moms, Why Omen, Soul Hunks and the Broken Relics. On Saturday, C&V opens at 10 a.m., with live music at 7 p.m. from Daymare, Derailed, Monarchs to Oblivion, the Cane Toads and Cream Camino.
3037 Indianola Ave., Clintonville
This cozy shop won't have exclusive releases on Record Store Day, but there's a 20 percent off sale storewide.
Lost Weekend Records
2960 N. High St., Clintonville
Lost Weekend will have RSD exclusives, test-pressing giveaways and free swag bags available at 8 a.m. on April 13, and the store will also hold a four-day sale from April 12-15 (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). Alison Rose will be screen-printing onsite, plus ticket giveaways.
1155 N. High St., Short North
Magnolia will open at 8 a.m. with RSD releases on hand, plus giveaways, test pressings and used DVDs two for $3.
Records Per Minute
2579 N. High St., Old North
RPM will offer a selection of RSD releases at 8 a.m., plus the shop will take 20 percent off new and used records from April 12-14. The shop will also host live music:
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. DJ Woody Haze
1 p.m. Mery Steel
1:30 p.m. Scott Brown
2 p.m. Satele and Vivvyen
3 p.m. Alex Douglas
3:30 p.m. Sam Corlett
116 E. Long St., Downtown
Spoonful will open its doors at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and 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 on Friday night, and coupons will be handed out in line at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. 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. And if you get stuck in line for a while, don't worry; Spoonful will have porta-johns.
Used Kids Records
2500 Summit St., North Campus
This 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 free coffee, swag bags, ticket giveaways, plus live music from the Buds, the Valentinos, Kneeling In Piss, Bridesmaid, Vacation and Neil Diamond impersonator Black Diamond.