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Record Store Day: Choose your own adventure

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We'd argue with anyone that Record Store Day is the best holiday all year. For the uninitiated: RSD is a worldwide celebration of music and the culture of the independent record store. Shops stock specialty releases from artists, program live music, bring in exclusive deals and products and schedule all manner of festivities. A few notes about vinyl purchases in 2013: vinyl sales rose for the fifth straight year in 2012 - - no coincidence that this year marks the sixth annual RSD. And of those purchases, 67 percent were made at independent stores.

Indy is lucky to have several thriving record shops planning extensive celebrations. We've laid out this year's guide as an homage to the Choose Your Own Adventure novels - - they're almost as nostalgia-inducing to us as our first memories of shopping in record stores. Before we jump into the day's festivities, a word from Jack White, Record Store Day's official artist ambassador:

"I trust no one who hasn't time for music. What a shame to leave a child, or worse, a generation, orphaned from one of life's great beauties."

You heard it from Jack. Support your local record stores this Saturday.

Indy record stores at a glance - WILL MCCARTY
  • Will McCarty
  • Indy record stores at a glance

If you're looking to shop on the Strip + eat homemade cookies

Indy CD and Vinyl is lucky enough to have a host of DJs and musicians on their regular staff - - and they (including Crookshanks and Shimmercore) will spin throughout the day. The store is a big supporter of Girls Rock! Too - - take part in a silent auction for a very rare Dave Matthews Band vinyl box set, and they'll ensure all proceeds go towards the arts education nonprofit. There's all kinds of goodies hidden throughout the store, including RSD gift bags, new totes and t-shirts and a hidden pair of Forecastle Festival tickets. Plus: Jeanne Zeigler has promised to bring cookies. Oh yeah - we almost forgot about the point of RSD amongst all the goodies: over 300 brand new, exclusive RSD-only releases will be on sale.

Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave.
RSD opening time: 8 a.m.

If you're looking for a block party

LUNA Music does RSD big. They've planned a all-day block party that's taking over the 52nd and College intersection. There's too much happening to pack in here, but we'll do our best to sum up: Inside the shop are exclusive RSD goodies: Joyful Noise/LUNA Music/Landlocked Music/Secretly Canadian Cassette Collaboration, featuring lots of unreleased tunes; LUNA Music Hypno-Wheel 45 spindle (quantities limited); various grab bags; and more.

Outside, Winslow kicks off the live performance sets at noon, followed by Raw McCartney, Ancient Slang, Vacation Club, DMA + Oreo Jones and the grand return of the very awesome We Are Hex. We'll have more about the return of this band in a later issue.

Upland is on hand, tapping a RSD special, a rye IPA called Vinyl Tap (It's also available at Bloomington record store Landlocked Music). Jolly Tamale will supply the food; Little Super has all kinds of vintage apparel; Laundromatinee will be on site filming all day; National Moto and Indie Bike are ready to sell you your new ride.

All of this, and we haven't even talked actual records yet. Over 7,000 $1 CDs and vinyl line the sidewalk for the annual sidewalk sale and inside? Oh, inside there's over 300 RSD specialty titles. If you only hit up one place this RSD, let it be LUNA Music.

LUNA Music, 5202 N. College Ave.
RSD opening time: 8 a.m.

If you're looking for a 7'' showcase

Once again, Vibes, the Broad Ripple temple of tunes will host a showcase from 13 of the city's best underground musicians, organized again by Fountain Square's GloryHole Records. Stand out performances include Zero Boys, Teenage Strange, No Coast, Male Bondage, Street Spirits and Vacation Club, along with plenty of other Indiana groups.

"We didn't have a band like the Zero Boys last year," Vibes' Micah Jenkins says, "So we're expecting a lot more people this year."

Tens of thousands of 99 cent CDs will be stacked and waiting for perusal, alongside the incredible Vibes selection of used records, CDs, DVDs and a limited stock of Record Store Day special releases. Bands start performing at 11 a.m. and Greek's Pizzeria will be selling slices of goodness for $3 at 1 p.m.

Vibes Records, 1051 E. 54th St.
RSD opening time: 10 a.m

If you want to get in, get out and get back to your turntable.

No live music or donuts at Karma - - they run a no-frills RSD. For 43 years Karma Records has kept great tunes within reach by operating locations all around the city. This year they'll be giving away tickets to 23 different shows at coming to Old National Centre, including Dropkick Murphys, Ra Ra Riot, Danny Brown, Baroness and Gogol Bordello.

Jim Ector of Karma is looking forward to this year's release from Frightened Rabbit, a 12'' collaborative single between the Scottish progressive-pop band and Manchester Orchestra; on the opposite side is a collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove. Ector's also excited about splits between The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis; The Black Keys and The Stooges; and The Misfits and The Lemonheads.

Ector expects this year's releases and the store's deals to draw record hunters out early.

"I'll get to the store at around 6:30 a.m. to open at 8 a.m. and people will already be lined up outside the door," he said.

An additional 25 percent can be taken off all the in-stock used vinyl and CDs if you want to celebrate the holiday with a sense of thrift.

Karma East, 21 N. Post Rd.
Karma West, 3802 N. High School Rd.
Karma North, 3532 W. 86th St.
RSD opening time: 8 a.m. (for all locations)

If you're looking to be in Bloomington for a reason not related to Little 500

All three independent record shops in Bloomington are conveniently located on the same main drag: Kirkwood Ave.

Begin your day at Tracks, where owners have promised to stock plenty of coffee and donuts. In the last year or so, Tracks added a hefty collection of "spirit gear," which means shoppers might have to battle through frat guys and parents picking up last minute Little 500 apparel (which happens on the same day). Tracks is worth a stop though; they stock lots of interesting vintage finds; plus, you were looking for a new IU tank anyway, right?

Tracks, 415 E. Kirkwood Ave.
RSD opening time: 8:30 a.m.

Lines are longest at Landlocked. They've stacked performances from The Vallures and Full Sun and scheduled a host of DJs (Lowrain, Juice Stand, Goodhands, Lord Fried Pie); custom screen prints and refreshments will be on hand.

Landlocked Music, 202 N. Walnut St.
RSD opening time: 11:30 a.m.

Finish up at TDs CDs and LPs right around noon - - that's when they open. (Bonus RSD move: grab a burrito from Laughing Planet before and head underground). They specialize in dub, experimental, industrial and noise, in addition to carrying selections from Bloomington's booming local scene.

TDs CDs and LPs, 322 E. Kirkwood Ave.
RSD opening time: 12 p.m

If you're looking for a day trip that can turn into an all night dance party

Muncie's Village Green Records starts the holiday at 11 a.m., giving those in search of specific, hard-to-find albums time to either sleep in or hit the early bird stores first. Record Store Day is more than just a day to make sale for Travis Harvey, owner and sole operator of Village Green Records.
"Personally, I am not one to recognize my own birthday, so (Record Store Day) has become a substitute for me to have 'special day,'" Harvey says.

Just outside the front door, live music will start at around 6 p.m. This means that you could even make the drive to Muncie after celebrations in Indianapolis to see Wine Teeth, Hotfox, No Coast, Winslow, Royalty, Male Bondage, State Park, Thunders and Firemoose rock the night away. Harvey is sure that the night won't just end there.

"Our RSD celebrations run well into the late night with a outdoor dance party closing the night off at around 2 a.m.!" Harvey says.

Village Green has a variety of ways to save for vinyl bingers: everything in the store is 10 percent off (including turntables); they're also offering a "buy three LPs and get one free" deal.

Village Green Records: 519 N.
Martin Ave. RSD opening time: 11 a.m.; music at 6 p.m.

If you're inspired by the release of Jurassic Park 3-D

If you're willing to take a trip up to West Lafayette, Von's Records is the place to be. Acts from the city's resident label, Jurassic Pop Records (including acts Dino DNA, broken light, Faux Paw, Earthgrazer) will take over stages inside and outside. Jurassic Pop celebrations continue, including the debut of Popular Ego's new album, brand new Jurassic Pop t-shirts and exclusive samplers. Get yourself a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes including turntables, t-shirts or a coveted Flock of Seagulls CD.

The scene at Indy CD and Vinyl - JONATHAN SCOTT
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  • The scene at Indy CD and Vinyl

Von's Records, 319 W. State Street (West Lafayette) RSD opening time: 9 a.m.; inside music at 10 a.m; outside music at 11 a.m.

If you're looking to buy, sell and trade

More than just records, The Exchange stocks used video games and DVDs, comics, toys and other odds and ends. But they've got vinyl too, and they've taken the Record Store Day pledge.

The Exchange, 5975 E. 82nd St.; 912 Broad Ripple Ave.
RSD opening time: 10 a.m.

Si quieres comprar la música Latina

Indy's lucky to have three prolific Spanish-language record stores scattered around town. Read more about those shops here.

La Oveja Negra, 2125 W. Washington St.
Reynoso Records, 11 Beachway Dr.
Morelos Records, 7940 Michigan Road


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