This article was co-compiled and co-written by Richmond Bramblet & Matthew Mahone
Get ready to lay down some fresh vinyl, as the 10th Annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 22nd. Record Store Day, while a day for new albums to be dropped into the hands of awaiting music enthusiasts, is really about the record stores, who have been carrying the torch of keeping vinyl alive.
There are some incredible albums that are being released on Record Store Day. There will be two David Bowie albums released: Cracked Actor (Live, Los Angeles, ’74) and BOWPROMO, a reproduction of one of Bowie’s earliest demo promos. There will be multiple special 12″ Maxi-Singles from Prince, as well as a 7″ picture disc of Little Red Corvette. There will also be a release of “Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir – Record Store Day Celebrates The Music Of Leonard Cohen,” a tribute album that has a host of artists covering Cohen’s best, with proceeds going to Pablove, which strives to fight childhood cancer. This is just a taste of some of the Record Store Day exclusives, with many other special albums being released from store to store.
We have compiled a list of local record stores in Kentucky and Cincinnati, as well as the great events that they will have going on to celebrate this awesome day of music.
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UK’s flagship public radio station is hosting their 5th Annual Vintage Vinyl Sale at the Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 451 Southland Drive. Admission is free and open to the public open on Saturday from 10am — 7pm. Sales benefit the station, so why not pick up some vinyl and write it off on your taxes.
Lexington’s oldest independently owned record store, CD Central has been serving Central KY, and me, for over 22 years. Located in the heart of UK’s campus at 377 S. Limestone, Steve and his crew stock new and used vinyl and CDs for commercial and local artists, as well as new record players and vintage audio equipment. They’ll be celebrating their 10th Annual Record Store Day and they usually go all out, complete with door prizes, special releases, live performances, and also food–this year courtesy of The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck. Buy local! Hours are from 9am — 8pm, but get there early.
Whatever it is, there’s a good chance POPS Resale has what you’re looking for. Since 1996 POPS has carried a massive collection of new and used vinyl, audio equipment and various stereoania, as well as vintage clothes and random oddities. Break your stylus? POPS probably has the replacement. Don’t be deceived though, what appears as a small storefront, is actually 6000 sq. ft. of stuff. POPS will have tons of releases and sales during Record Store Day. Located at 1423 Leestown Road (Suite B) POPS will open an hour early at 10am on Record Store Day, with the first 10 people through the door earning a free POPS tote.
The Album is Lexington’s only hip-hop record store, which has been serving the Lexington area for over 11 years. Opening at 8am on Record Store Day, The Album will have all of your needs for your record-buying fix, not only with hip-hop, but all other genres and all the limited releases you could ask for.
HopCat-Lexington, located on Short and Broadway is a woodwork filled pub that boasts Kentucky’s largest craft beer selection on 100 taps. They also have their local 20 taps which features some of the best beer that Kentucky has to offer. For Record Store Day 2017, HopCat is going to reward you for going to your local record store and making a purchase. If you go to any local record store on Saturday and buy something, go to HopCat-Lexington and show your receipt to earn yourself a free order of Crack Fries (named one of the top-10 fries in the US by Food Network Magazine).
If you find yourself in Louisville and you’re in need of a vinyl fix, Matt Anthony’s might be your new favorite place. While the selection is sometimes limited, they carry a lot of 45’s, including new and collectible vinyl. It’s a gem of a store, quaint and welcoming. Matt Anthony’s is located at 2354 Frankfort Ave and will be open from 12pm — 7pm on Record Store Day. From 4-7 Matt Anthony’s Record Shop will be hosting a Record Store Day Block Party, with all of the exclusive releases and special offers that you would expect on RSD, but also you can party outside with a host of local vinyl DJ’s. The DJs include Matt Anthony, JP Source, John Penn Browning, Woody, and Kim Sorise. Also, there’s a chance to win tickets to the Thunder Lounge at Thunder over Louisville.
A Louisville institution since 1982. Better Days has two brick and mortars, one located in the Highlands at 1765 Bardstown Rd and the other at 2600 W. Broadway. The death of ear—X—tacy left a big void in the record store world, but Better Days continues to carry the torch with helpful customer service, paired with a tremendous selection of new and used music in all genres, as well as new and used stereo/audio equipment. Better Days will be open from 8am-10pm for Record Store Day. As in years past, the vaults will be opened and private goodies from The Benman’s stash will be for sale, including LPs, 45s, 12″ singles, cassettes and CDs, all lovingly prepared just for you.
Everybody’s Records is located at 6106 Montgomery Road, in the Pleasant Ridge/Norwood area of Cincinnati. The store has a large selection of both new and used vinyl as well as CDs. Everybody’s Records will be open 11-9 on Saturday, with some of Cincinnati’s most reputable musicians playing at the store including Lemon Sky, Go Go Buffalo, Dead Man String Band, and Xzela. Everybody’s Records will also be raffling off a new Audio-Technica turntable, which you can only enter to win at the store on Saturday.
Shake It Records is located in Northside, and has a huge blowout planned for Record Store Day 2017. The store will be open from 8am-11 pm, with 400 new releases coming out that day. One of the highlights of the day will be Rhinegeist brewery’s limited release, Slow Jam being on tap in the store. This is Rhinegeist’s third collaboration brew with Shake It, which will be available at other locations in Northside after its release at the store. Shake it will also have exclusive vinyl releases from Wussy and The Tillers & Frontier Folk Nebraska. At 7pm, there will be free in-store performances by Frontier Folk Nebraska and Dawg Yawp. You’ll also receive 10% off with a donation of any canned good.
Sugarcube Records is located at 422 West 6th Street in Covington, Kentucky. Unfortunately, Sugarcube is closing its doors this summer, but until that happens, owner Craig Baker is going to keep buying and selling vinyl for all the lovers of music in the Northern Kentucky area. While Sugarcube won’t have any of the Record Store Day titles, they will be having special deals including: $4 off All new LPs, $10 Shirts, $3 Used Single CDs, and the usual $1-$3 discount vinyl will be 4 for $1.