Every day should be Record Store Day.
However, technically this Saturday, April 18th is the official international Record Store Day.
As major record labels push their new capitalist-driven commercial “holiday” on us, I’ll take my grain of salt but still get behind it, celebrating music and the independent record shop. It’s a cause monumentally more significant to me than any of the other commercially-driven holidays shrouded with tired religious implication.
That isn’t to say however that I plan to spend a dime on any one of Bruce Springsteen’s seven Record Store Day “special reissues.” Rather, I plan to recognize the international event how I can only assume it was originally intended – by visiting a couple/few my favorite local record stores, supporting local businesses and musicians, catching some rad live music, and hopefully coming away with a few new favorites to add to the vinyl collection.
Here is a brief rundown of some excellent records that we recommend picking up which are being released specifically for Record Store Day, as well as a few shops around town carrying those releases who are also throwing special parties for the “holiday” this Saturday to boot.
Blitzen Trapper live at the Doug Fir Lounge in 2014 covering Neil Young’s Harvest, available on vinyl through Vagrant Records.
Built To Spill – Untethered Moon
The highly anticipated brand new album by the two and a half decade reigning champs of indie rock out of Boise, Built To Spill.
Coachwhips – Bangers vs. Fuckers
Fans of Thee Oh Sees who don’t want to wait till Sunday (4.19) for the release of their brand new album Mutilator Defeated At Last, pick up a reissue by John Dwyer’s prior project Coachwhips, their 2003 LP Bangers vs. Fuckers available through Castle Face.
Dead Moon – Live at Satyricon
Voodoo Donuts Records offers a live recording of Dead Moon performing at the historic Satyricon in Old Town, Portland, in 1993 – only five years into the band’s 20+ year career.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the group’s third album, Kill Rock Stars offers a reissue of the acclaimed LP Picaresque on red vinyl.
In the first installment of what will be a monthly unveiling of vinyl-only limited run pressings of live recordings from Portland’s favorite weekend-campout music festival, Pickathon, Easy Sound Records is releasing a split 12” with performances by the two Nashville based rock outfits.
Before there was The Thermals, Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster recorded this 13-track album in 2002, and will be available on vinyl through Jealous Butcher Records (only 500 copies available).
Following the disbandment of Heatmiser, a collaborative project with the late Elliott Smith, guitarist and singer Neil Gust formed No. 2. Jackpot Records is releasing the group’s debut album for the first time ever on vinyl.
In the first ever physical release of Swift’s 2008 EP, Ground Trouble Jaw will finally be available on vinyl through Secretly Canadian. This is a personal must-have for me.
STRFKR’s brand new singles “Astronaut” and “Little Lover” will be released on 7” through Old Wave Records (only 400 copies available).
Roll Call Records are releasing a piano and voice only version of Typhoon’s dark balladic tune “Prosthetic Love” on 7” vinyl.
Beacon Sound (3636 B N. Mississippi) – Saturday at 8pm, Beacon Sound hosts an evening of experimental electronic and ambient rock, featuring Portland’s magnificently haunting Like a Villain with support from San Francisco’s Them Are Us Too, and locals Brumes. All ages, $7.
Everyday Music (1313 W. Burnside) – Everyday Music’s downtown location will host a full day-long music extravaganza while music lovers peruse the store’s colossal square feet of inventory. Starting at 10am, dj sets will be provided by the likes of Typhoon, Pink Martini, Modern Kin, Summer Cannibals, and more. With live sets by Edna Vazquez, Ryan Sollee (The Builders and the Butchers), Sam Coomes (Quasi), The Shivas, The Ghost Ease, Genders and The Dandy motherfucking Warhols. 10am-9pm, all ages, free.
Jackpot Records (3574 S.E. Hawthorne) – Another all day Record Store Day celebration will take place at Jackpot Records with live dj sets by Steve Turner of Mudhoney, Derek Smith of KMHD’s The Morning Session, Nate Carson of Witch Mountain, and Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids. Free goodie-stuffed tote bags will be handed out throughout the day. 10am-8pm, all ages, free.
Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside) – What I might consider the crème de la crème of local RSD celebrations, Music Millennium is offering complimentary coffee and muffins to vinyl diehards who line up at 7am before the special 8am opening. Live performances starting at 6pm by LA’s cringe-worthy Americana/folk pop outfit Dawes, and the highlight performance of the day by Dead Moon. Free schwag bags to the first 1000 shoppers and chances to win a guitar autographed by Boz Scaggs, as well as a limited edition portable turntable. 8am-10pm, all ages, free.
Tender Loving Empire (3541 E. Hawthorne) – Local label and boutique Tender Loving Empire’s brand new Hawthorne location will host a late afternoon of free beer and live music by Genders (a busy day for these dudes), Ali Muhareb, and Run On Sentence. 4-7pm, all ages, free.
Belmont Records (3334 S.E. Belmont)
Crossroads Music (3130 S.E. Hawthorne
Exiled Records (4628 S.E. Hawthorne)
Green Noise Records (5857 S.E. Foster)
Mississippi Records (4007 N. Mississippi)
The Variety Shop (4932 S.E. Foster)
2nd Ave Records (400 S.W. 2nd)[/clear]