For awhile there, it looked like the independent record store was headed for extinction, an obsolete dinosaur displaced by the genetically superior iTunes. But iTunes is no match for hipsters. Or audiophiles. Or anyone who still likes to see and touch something before they buy it.
Thanks to a resurgent interest in vinyl, the record store has proven surprisingly resilient at the Mom & Pop level. Don’t be surprised to see your neighbors lining up outside Laurie’s Planet of Sound, 4639 N. Lincoln Ave., as early as 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, to snap up special vinyl releases by artists ranging from Katy Perry to David Bowie as part of Record Store Day.
Always wanted a black-and-red copy of the White Stripes “Handsprings” and “Red Death at 6:14”? Your wish just came true. Arcade Fire is releasing “Sprawl II” as a 12-inch single and James Brown is reaching out from the grave with a pair of never-released singles.
At Laurie’s, the party goes well beyond just selling records. Live performances are scheduled throughout the day, WXRT’s Terri Hemmert will spin some tunes and play clerk for a couple of hours, and Chubby Weiners will park its Wiener Wagon outside the shop offering free hot dogs to anyone with a Laurie’s receipt.
Village Records in Roscoe Village, 2010 W. Roscoe St., is also participating in Record Store Day. Transistor, 3819 N. Lincoln Ave., while not an official RSD outlet, also has a highly curated selection of vinyl (and so much more–look for a feature on the shop and its owner, Andy Miles, next week in CSJ).