Staff Picks: Record Store Day 2014
The annual audiophile holiday Record Store Day will take place for the 8th year this Saturday, April 19. You probably already have your RSD wish list ready and, if you’re NYC-based, plotted out your record-store-hopping game plan, but there’s one more thing we can do here at Cultivora to ensure a solid RSD for our readers.
We enlisted 10 Cultivora staffers, yours truly included, to share their favorite record store across the globe. Photographers, writers, and interns pitched in to present a list of record stores stretching from Cleveland to Berlin. Click through the gallery to peep our picks and find out what each location has in store for Saturday. -- Laura Baker-Finch
Fool's Gold Records - Marjana Jaidi, CEO
Brooklyn, New York
Fool's Gold is the eponymous label's brick-and-mortar home base. While it isn't technically just a record store, they do sell records, including special edition releases from their artists.
Record Store Day: Fool’s Gold isn’t an official Record Store Day partner, but they will have new wax available in store that day, including Danny Brown “Old” standard and deluxe vinyl as well as the new Serato pressing “Pyrite Breaks.”
Rough Trade - Laura Baker-Finch, Editorial Director
Brooklyn, New York
UK’s Rough Trade is a new addition to Brooklyn’s record store scene, and a welcomed one at that. It may not end up being my all-time favorite store, but it holds the title for the moment. I’m a big fan of music books - biographies, photography, cultural studies, you name it - and Rough Trade has quite an extensive collection mixed in with their records. There’s also a venue attached, where you can catch up-and-comers and big-name acts alike.
Record Store Day: Rough Trade will host The Rails, Nothing, Fear of Men, Perfect Pussy, Amen Dunes, Milagres, Mark Mulcahy, Palehound, SLothrust, Betty Who, plus DJ sets from Simon Raymonde, Dapking DJs, and Deano Sounds. In the store, they’ll be stocking a wide array of exclusive RSD releases.
Fingerprints - Jesse DeFlorio, Photographer
Long Beach, California
Fingerprints has a great selection of stuff right up my alley - from original pressings of old punk records (for half the price of eBay auctions) to Bruce Springsteen bootlegs, I always find something worth buying for a price worth spending.
Record Store Day: They haven't announced what they are doing for RSD '14 yet, but take a look at what to expect based on what they had last year.
Porchlight Coffee and Records - Kelsey Stoulil, Writer
Porchlight may be on the small side when it comes to record stores, but here the idea of quality over quantity truly shines. Combining Seattleites two greatest loves, coffee and music, Porchlight offers an expertly curated selection of vinyl along with locally roasted coffee in a quaint and friendly setting.
Record Store Day: Porchlight will have a huge selection of RSD releases, but for some titles they'll only have 1-2 copies. They're opening at 8am, so hit them up first if you plan on a record store crawl this year.
OYE Records - Rose Mardit, Writer
Prenzlauer Berg might be "over" as far as the hipper-than-thou types are concerned, but for black crack enthusiasts, the neighborhood is home to a real gem: OYE Records. The staff is knowledgable (and friendly to boot!), and the goods are on point. It's house music heaven, but you can also pop in for the well-curated selection of disco, soul, and plenty more... minus the pretentiousness so often found at other record stores.
Record Store Day: OYE has partnered with OSBA records to bring their DJ Supermarkt show, featuring Michal Zietara, Fedde, David Silver, Daniele Alessi, and Cher Monsieur. They'll also have a ton of extra vinyl available.
Music Saves - Joshua Johnson, Writer
Located right next to The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, one of this country's best and most underrated venues, Music Saves has a great selection and a cool, laid-back atmosphere. It's the kind of store that reminds you what's so fun about buying records. Be sure to wish a "Happy Birthday" to Music Saves' resident cat and mascot, Vinyl, who just turned ten last weekend.
Record Store Day: For Record Store Day, Music Saves will be open from midnight to 2AM before re-opening for their normal business hours at 11AM. At 3PM, 90s alt-rock fixtures The Toadies will stop by the store to sign copies of the 20th anniversary reissue of their classic album "Rubberneck."
Som Records - Angela Del Sol, Contributor
Washington, District of Columbia
Sometimes the biggest things come in smaller packages, and Som Records is that when it comes to record stores in Washington, DC. In a quaint corner of DC you'll find a big selection of vinyls from punk and reggae to disco and new music. This almost-hidden gem, possesses an atmosphere that is always inviting and pleasant. When owner Neil Som is not there, the friendly, knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction. The store has a wide selection of rare finds and new editions that can accommodate a big or small budget. Best days to come dig are weekdays.
Record Store Day: They will be streaming a live show with interviews and guest DJs.
Jerry's Records - Dianna Loevner, Contributor
This antiquated record shop has remained a staple in the Steel City for years. Anyone who walks in will immediately be bombarded with over 2.5 million pieces of vinyl and a friendly smile from Jerry, the 60-something owner whose obsession has granted him his "15 minutes of fame" on National Geographic's "Hoarders.”
Record Store Day: Since Jerry's is strictly used vinyl, they typically don't participate in Record Store Day. This year they will have a few copies of Dust & Grooves - Adventures in Record Collecting.
Deep Groove - Alyssa Buffenstein, Intern
Going to Deep Groove kind of feels like visiting your cool grandparents - the 60s décor and smell of incense feels like a throwback, but you can also find any contemporary album you're looking for. The selection is extensive but not overwhelming, and the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and unpretentious - the latter of which is the biggest virtue.
Record Store Day: Deep Groove will house a ton of extra vinyl for RSD.
Rebel Rebel Records - Ilana Dadras, Editorial Assistant
Manhattan, New York
This Bleecker Street record haunt is small, cluttered, and ultimately very charming. The walls are covered with photos of icons like Blondie, The Cure, and Bowie (the shop is, after all, named after his 1974 single). The owner is super friendly and quick to point out what you're looking for, or recommend something else you might like. The shop offers plenty of classics and obscure gems from eras past, but also keeps up-to-date on new releases - I bought the last Tame Impala record here the day it came out, as it played overhead and a new generation of vinyl lovers trickled in to grab a copy.
Record Store Day: Rebel Rebel's plans for RSD haven't been announced, but they had specials last year.
See Also:Record Store Day 2014: Manhattan and Brooklyn
Record Store Day 2014: The List
Cultivora's Guide to Record Store Day 2013 in NYC/Brooklyn