Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22, and there is plenty for the avid vinyl-hound to sniff out and hunt down in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Rare and hidden gems that have been gathering dust in stockrooms, cheap thrills in the bargain bins, exclusive R.S.D. releases, live bands and DJ sets, and a few snacks will all be there for the taking.
Check out the list below to find out all the goodies and surprises that S.F.’s record stores will have in store this Saturday.
Rooky Ricardo’s Records
Rooky Ricardo’s is keeping it simple this year, slashing prices by 25 percent on everything in the store for Saturday. They are, they say, too small of a store to receive the official Record Store Day releases, but they are sweetening the deal by giving away a tote bag to anyone who spends over $100.
Originals won’t be carrying Record Store Day releases either, but there will be DJs, including DJ Wags, spinning all day, and about 1,000 fresh records will be put out on the floor. There will be no sales tax on purchases, and there will be special deals in the bargain bin.
1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Both the East Bay and S.F. stores will be opening at 8 a.m. on R.S.D., and both will have the same stunning deals. There will be 500 exclusive titles available, and there will be raffles with prizes including a pair of Doc Martin boots. In addition, the first person in line gets five minutes alone in the store at the start of the day, to have their pick of the rare and exclusive titles.
The store will open at 7:50 a.m. on Record Store Day, and there will be food vendors outside including Native Sons BBQ and Kums Sushi. There will be live music from local bands Plush and Sirena Victima, and the first 10 customers will get a free tote bag. On top of that, there will be a bunch of exclusive releases.
The Music Store
The Music Store is celebrating it’s 19th anniversary this month, so that party will coincide with Record Store Day. All used vinyl and CDs will be reduced by 25 percent, and dozens of limited edition pieces of vinyl will be put out.
The good people at Rasputin are remaining tight-lipped about what goodies they will have on offer for Record Store Day, but they assure us that it’ll be worth dropping in. Get ready to be surprised.
As well as the standard vinyl and CD goodies, Amoeba promises that there will be DJs spinning all day, and exclusive releases on offer. Plus, special shirts will be printed to order, as you wait. The money from that will go to charity.
There will be three black metal bands playing here — Xenotaph, Funeral Chant, and BlackHorns — so get ready to see some painted white faces and a ton of black lipstick. The store will slash 10 percent off everything, there will be tons of $1 and $2 records and CDs, and a whole bunch of fresh used records on the floor.
Formerly known (under different ownership) as Aquarius Records, stranded has continued with its predecessor’s mission of championing the unusual. They will be carrying official Record Store Day titles, as well as three records from New Zealand band Pin Group that coincidentally coincide with the event. They have, they say, a considerable amount of used records to put out specially for R.S.D., as well as a number of rare gems.
The focus of Groove Merchant is on used records, particularly in the realms of groove, jazz, soul, and funk. They will be carrying some official Record Store Day releases — those that they feel are in keeping with the store’s vibe. New arrivals have been stockpiled in the backroom, ready to unleash for this event, and there will be some sweet, high-end records freshly on the wall. If that’s not enough, beers will be cracked and good music played all day.
The people of Vinyl Dreams will be partying from noon till 9 p.m. with a bunch of local DJs, including Mike Bee, Roche, Jesse Shay, and some surprise guests. There will be food to munch on while perusing the dance music-focused releases that aren’t part of the national campaign. How intriguing.
Econo Jam Records
The store will open at 8 a.m., and there will be free coffee and vegan donut holes for the early birds. Staff will DJ, and there will lots of used LPs and cassettes that have been saved especially for this day. There will also be freebies (with purchases) in the form of the “bag of destiny,” containing discounts, shirts, and totes.
Thrillhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and there will be a sidewalk sale between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with records priced at $1. The staff have been saving some rare and collectible records especially for R.S.D. to sell alongside the masses of Record Store Day exclusive releases. Basically, Thrillhouse wants to blow out everything that it has in storage. There will be free coffee and donuts while they last.