Record Store Day turns 10 this year, which is a great time to think about all that money you’ve thrown into wax over the last decade. But don’t dwell too long — as always, this year’s Record Store Day lineup features some alluring rarities that’ll be hard to pass up.
This year, Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, is picking up the mantle as Record Store Day ambassador. Clark made announced her role in the music lover’s holiday via a video on Funny Or Die in which she tries to absorb as much culture of “Recorstorda” as possible.
Along with all the rare vinyl, RSD is a great chance to catch some great deals and in-stores around town. Take a look below at what’s planned at some of Seattle’s best record stores.
Easy Street Records // 4559 California Ave SW:
For the early birds, West Seattle’s Easy Street Records might be one of your best bets. Doors open at 7 AM, but starting at 6:30 AM. Easy Street’s president Matt Vaughan and Cafe Vita’s Rick Friel will be serving up free bacon and coffee for those in line. The shop will be holding giveaways all day long and will have a limited supply of Star Wars turntables for sale. Throughout the day they’ll be hosting in-store performances as well.
Capitol Hill’s Everyday Music always has a reliable lineup of local favorites and this year continues that trend. This year’s in-store performances range from space-rap wunderkind Porter Ray to the experimental psych of Zen Mother. Times below are approximates.
10 AM: DJ Dr. Troy (Troy Wadsworth, Medical Records, LLC)
12 PM: DJ Explorateur (Valerie Ann)
1 PM: Raica
2 PM: Pleasures
2:45 PM: Porter Ray
3:30 PM: Bankie Phones (Franko Crescioni)
4:15 PM: DJ Veins (Dave Segal)
5:15 PM: Zen Mother
6:00 PM: DoNormaal
6:45 PM: Tomten
7:30 PM: Mommy Long Legs
Tucked away in the southside of Seattle, Georgetown Records is your best spot to grab Northwest rarities as well as some great graphic novels at the conjoined Fantagraphics storefront. From 4-7 PM, the store will host performances from local soul/garage act Bonneville Power and punk group The Paper Dolls.
Fremont’s Jive Time Records might be your best shot at scoring a deal on Record Store Day. All used vinyl and CDs will be marked at 25% off, with new vinyl on sale with 10-20% off as well. Customers will be given a free limited-edition, hand-screen poster with any purchase. If you spend over $100, you’ll get a free t-shirt while supplies last.
Fans of The Zombies, take note! The legendary psych-pop group will be swinging through Silver Platters for a meet-and-greet and signing before they play The Showbox that night. The band will only be signing copies of their two RSD exclusive 7-inch singles — “I Want You Back” and “A Rose For Emily”/”This Will Be Our Year”. Chicago indie rockers Ne-Hi will be swinging through as well for an in-studio performance, so all the more reason to get there early.
Not looking to wake up crazy early? Sonic Boom Records in Ballard will open their doors at 10 AM. Beware though, people do still line-up early. The shop has been kind enough to post their entire list of exclusives they’ll have in stock on their website, along with quantities, to help you with your RSD planning.