This year’s Record Store Day might be the biggest yet. Last year, our writers would call for info and whoever answered would have no idea what we were asking about—“Uh, yes, this is a record store?” But this year, retailers are ready to push rare, exclusive, classic and just-plain-strange vinyl—last year gave the world the Monks’ unbelievable “Pretty Suzanne”—and lots of musicians and writers and musician-writers are signed up to help pull extra people inside. (Full roster of special releases here!) This list was compiled by Lainna Fader and Steven Martinez and includes as many participating Southern California stores as we could talk to—if you need to be added to this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
12 NOON: Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo—authors of Record Store Days: From Vinyl To Digital And Back Again—will DJ and sign their book.
2 PM: Slash record signing! The first 300 people to purchase his self-titled CD will get it signed. (It can be the new CD or one item of your choice.) [SOLD OUT]
5 PM: Spinderella DJ set.
The first 250 people to pre-order the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins Teargarden Kaleidescope Vol. 1 box set will receive a wristband to see an intimate show on Sat., April 17, at Space 1520 and a limited-edition blacklight poster created for record story day. And starting at noon will be t-shirt silk-screening from Dangerbird Records and Family Industries—an exclusive Record Store Day Amoeba Design for a paltry 5-10 dollar donation to the Pablove Foundation! Plus exclusive vinyl from Helen Stellar, the Beastie Boys, Neko Case, Bruce Springsteen, Fela Kuti, Daedelus, Devo, Joan Baez, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age, Yeasayer, Rodriguez, Mississippi John Hurt and more!
6400 W. SUNSET BLVD., HOLLYWOOD. (323) 245-6400. AMOEBA.COM.
Everything will be at least 10% off and check direct for details on exclusive vinyl!
3812 W MAGNOLIA BLVD, BURBANK. (818) 848-7090. ATOMICRECORDSLA.COM.
15 % off of everything from now through the weekend. Free giveaway records! DJ sets every day—details pending. As they told us when we called, “Every day is a Record Store Day.”
139 N. SAN FERNANDO BLVD, BURBANK. (818) 559-7573. BACKSIDERECORDS.SMOOLA.COM.
2 PM: The Fevers live! And of course “our usual low prices!”
645 A. S. STATE COLLEGE BLVD., FULLERTON. (714) 336-0561. BURGERRECORDS.COM.
DR. FREECLOUD’S RECORD SHOPPE
National Record Store Day BBQ running from 12 noon til 8 PM—free entry plus BBQ, drinks and giveaways. Hosted by Remo and Disturbentz and featuring Ron D Core, O-Minus, Ricky Def, Remo, Q.45, Slyten, Disturbentz, Supercardioid, DJ Strider, and Ghetto. $1 Used Vinyl Sale—all used records $1 during the event!
18960 BROOKHURST ST, FOUNTAIN VALLEY. (714) 962-9787. DRFREECLOUDS.COM.
DR. STRANGE RECORDS
15 % off all items in store!
7136 AMETHYST AVE, ALTA LOMA. (909) 941-1778. DRSTRANGE.COM.
1 PM: Chikaramanga
2 PM: DJ Jedi
3 PM: Inka One
4 PM: C-Minus
5 PM: Mr. Choc
6 PM: Rhettmatic with Rakaa Iriscience and Chali-2na.
Plus 10% off all inventory and free beer for 21 and older!
7600 MELROSE AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA. (323) 655-8997. FATBEATS.COM.
6 PM: dios—call store to get on list for the show!
And book signing with Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo (Record Store Days) plus tons of exclusive releases and a handful of giveaways.
4612-B E. 2ND ST, LONG BEACH. (562) 433-4996. FINGERPRINTSMUSIC.COM.
FREAK BEAT RECORDS
Tons of limited edition Record Store Day exclusives! 7”s, LPs and colored vinyl!
13616 VENTURA BLVD, SHERMAN OAKS. (818) 995-7603. FREAKBEATRECORDS.COM.
20% off all vinyl with a club card, 10% off without a club card and free single giveaway with any purchase of at least 10 dollars. (Excluding special vinyl for Record Store Day.)
7706 MELROSE AVE, LOS ANGELES. (323) 655-2125. HEADLINERECORDS.COM.
New releases for Record Store Day plus DJ playing music and they will put out a bunch of used vinyl!
6719 GREENLEAF AVE, WHITTIER. (562) 696-7616. MYSPACE.COM/LOVELLSRECORDS.
2-3 PM: Shamaya of Otep will be reading poetry from her latest book Caught Screaming followed by a signing.
Plus limited edition releases by the Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Phoenix, MGMT, the Doors, Tegan and Sara, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, the Mountain Goats and over a hundred more will be available in small pressings strictly for Mad Platter and Rhino Records! And 10% off everything as well as a thank-you gift with each purchase.
1223 UNIVERSITY AVE, RIVERSIDE. (909) 626-0355. RHINORECORDS.CC.
2 PM: Dum Dum Girls
3 PM: Male Bonding
4 PM: The One Am Radio
5 PM: Adam Harding
6 PM: Lou Barlow and the Missingmen
And ongoing all day … FREE Origami Vinyl/Altamont Canvas tote bag with purchase! Spend $50 and receive a 20% off discount card for Etnies.com. Enter to win 500 printed 7″ standard jackets. FREE Shapes and Sizes/The Weird Weeds split 7” with purchase! FREE Hooper Heroes comic book with purchase! Cool Haus Ice Cream Truck from 7 PM to 8:30 PM plus FREE Colt 45 (21+) and FREE Function: drinks (all ages) and Function: margaritas (21+). And other rad giveaways and free shit!
1816 W SUNSET BLVD., ECHO PARK. (213) 413-3030. ORIGAMIORIGAMI.COM.
Surprise live performances from bands and DJs all afternoon!
2636 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA. (626) 449-3359. POOBAH.COM.
11 AM – 2 PM: Canter’s Deli Truck in front!
11 AM – 7PM: Meet Captain Vinyl!
And ongoing all day—20% off all merchandise plus LPs, cassettes and VHS for just 45¢ each. And all 90¢ CDs will be 45¢ each!
11609 W. PICO BLVD., WEST LA. (310) 478-4217. RECORDSURPLUSLA.COM.
11 AM: Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Of ‘60s UK psychedelic band Nirvana) will be reading excerpts from his novel Psychedelic Days as well as signing the book.
3 PM: Yo La Tengo live acoustic set! Wristbands for the show handed out at 10 AM. Free lithograph of poster for this performance with purchase of any Yo La Tengo music while supplies last.
3 PM: Shamaya of Otep will be reading poetry from her latest book Caught Screaming followed by a signing.
Plus tons of exclusive releases—limited edition releases by the Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Phoenix, MGMT, the Doors, Tegan & Sara, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, the Mountain Goats and over a hundred more will be available in small pressings. 10% off all merchandise with a thank-you gift with each purchase.
235 YALE AVE., CLAREMONT. (909) 626-7774. RHINORECORDS.CC.
Store-wide sale (as much as 50% off!) plus raffle for Bob Marley model guitar, exclusive Record Store Day vinyl and special surprise giveaways.
2395 GLENDALE AVE., SILVER LAKE. (323) 664-3232. ROCKAWAY.COM.
Giveaways, special Record Store Day 7” vinyl and CDs and promo samplers.
1264 S. COAST HWY., LAGUNA BEACH. (949) 494-5959. SOUNDSPECTRUMLAGUNA.COM.
FREE 7″ on the TKO Records label with any purchase! PLUS save 15% off everything in the store!
18948 BROOKHURST ST., FOUNTAIN VALLEY. (714) 962-0500. TKORECORDS.COM.
Guest DJ schedule:
12 – 1:30 PM: Larry Herweg (Pelican)
1:30 – 3 PM: Jeff Caxide (ISIS)
3 – 4:30 PM: Tom Neely (Henry + Glen Forever)
4:30 – 6 PM: Keith Morris (Black Flag / Circle Jerks)
6 – 7:30 PM: Sarah Toon (Killing Spree)
7:30 – 9 PM: SECRET DJ set!
Plus giveaways from Kill Shaman Records, exclusive releases—like the rare Surfer Blood 7” limited to 300 copies!—and free Colt 45 if 21+!
4679 HOLLYWOOD BLVD., LOS FELIZ. (323) 666-2111. VACATIONVINYL.COM.
Special Record Store Day giveaways—details TBA.
1606 W. ROSECRANS AVE., COMPTON. (310) 537-0678. VIPMUSIC24.COM.