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The highest ever number of indie record stores around Australia are now announcing their plans for Record Store Day, the annual celebration of indie record stores.
Record stores in almost every capital city are participating, along with many in regional towns.
In short, this is an enormously entertaining day celebrating indie record stores, music and musicians in their myriad hues.
April 22, 2017
Here are some of the stores so far planning activities, listed city by city:
24 Hundred, Richmond: barbecue, plus 22 unique UNFD test pressings, 20% off UNFD vinyl titles, heap of exclusive. Open noon to 3pm.
Basement Discs, Melbourne: is hosting the amazing Billy Bragg along with Joe Henry, plus the Teskey Brothers, Fiona Ross, Sarah Carroll, The Thin White Ukes, Kylie Auldist, Charles Jenkins, and Yolanda Ingley II and Band. Prizes, goodie bags, light refreshments.
Dixon’s Recycled Records, Blackburn and Fitzroy: 20% off all stock, except new.
Essendon 2nd Hand Records: live music all afternoon from Dave Warner (Suburbs), Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton, plus local artists like Cosmos. Lots of $1 bargains and the bar is open.
Greville Records, Prahran: once again a full day of limited edition vinyl plus live mucis from Cash Savage, Thin White Ukes, LA Bastard, Wrong Turn and Baby Blue. Signed LPs from acts as diverse as Spiderbait, Midnight Oil and Cash Savage. Mountains for reduced price new and used records.
Goldmine Records, Carlton North and Fitzroy: Ben has thrown down a challenge. He’s raising money for a Melbourne-based cats home. If they collect more than $500 on the day he will cut off his dreads, which are 20 years old. That’s a challenge not to be ignored! Plus lots of exclusive releases, stocks of used vinyl hitting the racks on the day and a free Goldmine tote bag with every purchase over $100.
Heartland Records, North Melbourne: has a rare Led Zeppelin poster up for grabs. It’s a free standing, double sided framed poster that was never commercially available. It’s a draw and entry is by buying a Record Store Day title on the day. Store opening extra early at 9am. Exclusives, giveaways and sale items.
Northside Records, Fitzroy: Briggs will be instore on the day for a signing. Briggs is one half of Record Store Day ambassadors A.B.Original (Trials, the other half of the duo, will be signing in Adelaide). Plus Cooking on 3 Burners launching their 7”, Allysha Joy (another 7” release), Jazz Party (yep, another 7” release) plus DJs. As well as Lance Ferguson, Prequel, Miss Goldie, Emma Peel, Peril, Ms Rizk, Sensible J, Remi and an amazing reissue of Hiroshi & Claudia’s 1979 Australian disco/jazz will be available (private press). Plus of course all the usual and more on vinyl.
Profile Music, Prahran: instore DJs Warren C and Harry the Lip will be on the decks for those crate digging amongst the rare vinyl including Deep, Progressive, 90s Detroit, Tech, House, Funk and more. Dancing will be encouraged. Drinks provided.
Quality Records, Malvern: is going Japanese, with a swag of Japanese pressings of 60-80s rock and pop specially imported for the day, male geishas (taikomochi), huge discounts including on selected new vinyl, Japanese green tea and sushi, live music, $3 coffee at Lilette’s French Patisserie, and f course special limited edition vinyl.
Rathdowne Records, Northcote: 10,000 titles with 1,000 fresh from Japan. Live music from 10am to late from Cracker La Touf, Jungle Breed and guest DJs.
Record Paradise, Brunswick: heaps of merchandise and exclusive local releases, the bar will e open and live music from Alex Lahey, La Bastard, School Damage, Rad Island, Dave Wright & the Midnight Electric, Primitive Calculators and The Glitter Veils.
Reload Records, Mornington Peninsula: chockablock with deals: 15% off all vinyl, CDs and books from 10am to 2pm.
Rocksteady, Melbourne: the new kid in town is putting on a show with a huge range of records, books and quirks, plus live music from Jim Lawrie, Emilee South, The Royal Parks and more yet to be announced. By one/get one free for Tomgirl’s debut self-titled LP (black vinyl, first press). Give the second copy to your best friend!
Skydiver Records, Collingwood: opening at 10am for 12 hours straight! Plenty of secondhand, new and reissued stock, plus lots of local releases. DJ’s playing from their own bags and from the store’s racks: Leo James, Sanpo Disco, Jennife Loveless, Phillips Head, Ricci, Darcy Justive and Peppermint Darling. You’re welcome to BYO.
Son of Run, Belgrave: live music all day from The Déjà Vu’;s, Farm and Saturn 5, plus wine and beer, and a $300 vinyl prize, and lots of vinyl.
Wax Museum, Melbourne: down in the subway Wax Museum will have live bands and DJs from 10am, when they open, until noon. Expect Tigermoth, Skomes, Plutonic Lab, Crate Cartel (film screening), Cara Mia, Myles G, Silver Linings, Au Dre, Sedgwick, M5K plus Wax Museum DJs.
Beatdisc, Parramatta: loads of special limited editions, thousands of secondhand 45s and LPs from the archive, limited edition coffee (or tea) mug, plus free pizza and giveaways.
Sauce Records, Jannali: hosting a get together to celebrate all things music, with a local DJ digging through the 200-plus vinyl titles for sale on the day, records to be won in raffles, 33% off framed prints and limited edition vinyl.
Sydney Hi-Fi, Mona Vale: live music from local artists including TK Nightingale and Jessica Stillone, plus hidden treasure vinyl, limited releases, instore deals and industry experts on hand to talk turntable tips.
Utopia, Sydney: once again opening at midnight for the dedicated metal head, closing two hours later and reopening (after a nap) at 7am. 25 gift bags up for grabs in the midnight opening and another 25 for those who turn up when the store re-opens. 293 limited edition titles are en route, plus lots more metal, punk and rock brought in specially for the day. Random giveaways, fire breathing and ethical baby elephant rides, and the competition for a Golden Ticket to attend anything and everything at Century Venues.
Music Farmers, Wollongong: not really Sydney, but always a great day of music and crate digging.
Jet Black Cat, Brisbane: Cub Sport and Emma Louise providing live music during the day, Client Liaison will entertain their legendary queue, plus the unique t-shirt and the ‘mother lode’ of vinyl including tasty bites they’ve been hoarding all year just for the day.
Rockaway Records, Westfield Carindale: big day of deals with free raffle entry with every purchase to win prizes including $100 and $50 voucher, and 20 CDs in a Sony gift pack, discounts on vintage vinyl (the more you buy the bigger the discount), ‘come back in May’ discount vouchers, and buy one get one free deals on t-shirts.
Sonic Sherpa, Stones Corner: doing a whole weekend, not just a day. Live music from Halfway(Saturday) and The Ocean Party (Sunday), plus Michael Angelheart and Zayd Thring. Lots of vinyl, specials and more.
The Record Exchange, Brisbane: one of the longest, continually operating indie record stores in Australia, with more than 20,000 records in the store. The deal is buy 10 CDs and DVDs, and get 10 more for free.
Tym Guitars, Fortitude Valley: an amazing day is all set for this amazing store. Heaps of live music from Kim Salmon (Beasts of Bourbon, Scientists, Surrealists), Peter Black (The Hard Ons, Nunchukka, Superfly), FOREVR, Leavings, Brief Habits and Andrew Tuttle. Two exclusive Tym Records releases, DJ spinning vinyl all day, and lots of ginger beer.
Vital Juices, Redcliffe: throwing a party with live music, DJs, limited releases, VJ exclusive specials, giveaways, a hugh raffle prize, of course, a sausage sizzle.
#Beatniks, Broadbeach: not really Brisbane, but set for a big day with tons of specials, spot prizes, all purchases go into the drafa to win turntables including from Pro-Ject, DJs on the decks, live music form 2pm and a free coffee for anyone in the queue.
Clarity Records, Adelaide: vegan cupcakes and 24-hour trading are on offer at Clarity Records. They open at midnight and keep going all day. Limited edition t-shirts, limited edition releases and more.
Clinic 116, Adelaide: Trials, one half of Record Store Day ambassadors A.B.Original, will be signing at Clinic 116.
Dillons Music, Norwood: 10% off on all full priced vinyl.
The Beatbox, Christie’s Beach: Huge sale on vinyl and turntables. 20% off everything.
The Muses: live music from 11am to 2pm in the back yard, sausage sizzle, turntable and accessories on special, new and second hand records, exclusive releases, door prizes, giveaways and lucky dip. For the kids: face painting, rock’n’roll colouring in sheets, treasure hunt and a cubby house.
Rerun Records: Adelaide: massive raffle for a handpicked crate of secondhand LPs from the 60s-90s, special limited editions, plus vintage cameras and photos of historical Adelaide.
Dada Records, Perth: one of the oldest established record stores in Australia is doing what they always do. Lots of fresh stock, special editions and live music. Special discounts in the CD section.
Discography Vinyl, Beaconsfield: recently reorganised so there’s now more space for vinyl, sound system is now kicking some decibels and live music.
Douglas Hi Fi, Perth: book in for special ‘get your turntable ready’ sessions with Leigh Fischer, from Record Store Day’s official turntable partner Pro-Ject. Plus limited edition vinyl and lots of specials.
Highgate Continental, Highgate: Continental rolls, stack of new release vinyl, guest programmers playing tunes all day, hot coffee, cold drinks inc local brews, huge reductions on selected titles (some up to 60% off), plus special offers for mailing list subscribers.
Junction Records, Fremantle: lots and lots of records, discounts and a draw. 10% off all new and second hand vinyl (except Record Store Day specials), plus 2 Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntables have 30% off, and every sale goes into the draw for a $50 Junction Records gift vouchers.
Soundwaves Music and More, Margaret River: 300 kms south of Perth, Soundwaves has a huge range of vinyl, arguably the biggest in WA, plus they’re spinning records, there are balloons and streamers, and special edition vinyl.
Urban Records: 10% off all CDs and LPs, headphones, stylus and selected record players. Lots of specials including albums, singles 12” and boxed sets. Giveway of an Audio Technica LP60 turntable – free raffle ticket for every purchase. Opening 9am to 9pm.
Duratone, Canberra: local DJs on the street outside, as well as discounts on all records (there are more than 70,000) as well as on turntables and accessories.
Songland Records, Weston Creek: once again collecting your unwanted CDs, records, cassettes and VHS tapes and selling them on the day to raise money for treats for the local RSPCA animal shelter. All the money goes directly to the animals. There is also their biggest ever CD sale with hundreds of titles at just $5 each. Plus limited editions, of course. Being the ‘home of the hard to find’ it’s worth checking out the ‘hard to find’ tab on their website for some absolute rarities.
Landspeed Records, Canberra: kicking off at 10am, lots of second hand vinyl that they’ve been squirrelling away all year for the day. Get there early, the queue is usually phenomenal.
There are also stores in country areas including Armidale, Bega, Bunbury and more.
For all the latest information keep an eye on the website at www.recordstoreday.com.au where new information is being loaded every day.