What started as small celebration of vinyl records, and the independent stores that sold them, has grown into a massive success that has helped kick start a revival of the long dormant vinyl record format.
Bob Roets, owner of all three local Wooden Nickel Record Stores, says the growth in Record Store Day has been tremendous for his stores since 2008 and has created a booming business for sales of vinyl records for stores all year long.
“The first year (of Record Store Day) we only had 37 titles and there were only a handful of stores that participated,” Roets said.
“The beginnings of the vinyl resurgence can be traced to that original 37 titles including a Metallica piece that came out and people were like ‘oh these picture discs and colored vinyl.’
“It was really I would say the third or fourth year before people really started realizing this is a really cool thing you guys are doing.
“Our Clinton store had maybe 2,000 pieces of vinyl a year ago, and we’re now at 5,000 pieces and growing every week,” Roets said.
“The reason that’s happening is because when I looked at our sales from the first 10 weeks in 2015 to the first 10 weeks of 2016, we were up 44 percent at Clinton; I thought that was pretty phenomenal.”
At this year’s Record Store Day there will be roughly 350 exclusive pieces of vinyl (and CD as well) available to purchase at independent records stores, and sales of vinyl continue to grow with hopefully no end in sight for independent record stores.
Five local record store locations will have a wide range of these new and exclusive vinyl and CD releases available to purchase this Saturday, and all the local record stores that are participating are eagerly awaiting all the old and new vinyl collectors coming out and doing some shopping and having some fun as well as celebrating the return of vinyl.
Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road, 471-5122
Record Store Day hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mall doors open at 7 a.m. and Record Store Day items are all sold first come, first serve.
There won’t be live performances or food this year, but Entourage Music will stock a wide range of exclusive Record Store day releases.
Chris Roets, owner of Entourage Music and son of Wooden Nickel’s Bob Roets, says there are three things he feels his customers most anticipate on Record Store Day:
“Number one has got to be Twenty One Pilots (“Double Sided” - 7-inch vinyl),” Roets said.
“Number two is probably ‘Across the Universe’ (Soundtrack - vinyl Lp) and number three would be some of the David Bowie stuff (“I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles 1966” - vinyl Lp, “The Man Who Sold the World” – 12-inch picture disc, “TVC15”- 7-inch picture disc).”
Roets also says he has seen an increase in vinyl sales at Entourage Music and that vinyl continues to bring in new customers for him.
“I’ve seen an increase in vinyl sales, more and more people are getting into it,” Roets said of his store. “I’d say it’s about as strong as it’s ever been so far. I’m happy to see people coming in.”
“I like to see people buying vinyl and being excited about it,” Roets added.
He says it’s fun to see people get really excited about holding music when they usually don’t buy music to begin with. “It’s kind of one of those experience things were they’re like ‘wow, I’ve never bought a record before but I really like Twenty One Pilots and then go and buy a record player and Twenty One Pilots and then go home and end up buying other stuff later.”
Neat Neat Neat Records & Music
1836 S Calhoun St., 755-5559
Record Store Day hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
As in years past, Neat Neat Neat will have several bands play throughout the day including Legendary Trainhoppers, Jafunkae, Shades, Void Reunion, March On Comrade and Belle and The Strange (check the store’s website listed below for more details) as well as deals in the store all day until closing.
Bravas will be at Neat Neat Neat Records & Music in the morning serving breakfast, and Birdboy Brewing will be giving free samples of their beverages to those who are 21 and older.
Neat, Neat, Neat Records & Music owner Morrison Agen says this Record Store Day there are a few pieces he feels will really do well at his store.
Releases by Death Cab for Cutie (”Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun” - 7-inch vinyl), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (“Kiss My Amps II” - vinyl Lp), Jay Reatard (“Blood Visons 10th Anniversary” - vinyl Lp) and Twenty One Pilots (see above) were all mentioned as being solid performers for Neat Neat Neat this year.
“This last year’s been kind of fantastic,” Agen said of Neat Neat Neat’s vinyl sales. “We’ve seen a lot more quality releases come out this last year.
“This year we’re seeing a lot more current bands that are putting out vinyl and they’re making them readily available.
“And also we’ve been doing extremely well with hardware and putting systems together in peoples’ homes,” Agen added.
“We’re finding that as more and more people are getting engaged with vinyl that means that more people are buying turntables and quality turntables, too.
“Every year we’ve done a significant percentage better than we had the year before and we expect no less out of this year, I think it’s going to be great,” Agen said of this upcoming Record Store Day.
“For us Record Store Day has always been a net positive and has never really been about the releases, it’s been about celebrating record stores and how they impact communities locally,” Agen said.
Wooden Nickel Records
* 3422 N Anthony Blvd., 484-3635
Record Store Day hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
* 3627 N Clinton St., 484-2451
Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
* 6427 W Jefferson Blvd., 432-7651
Record Store Day hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bob Roets, Wooden Nickel owner, says all three Wooden Nickel stores will have a wide selection of the 350 exclusive Record Store Day titles as well as plenty of fun activities to keep people entertained, especially at the North Anthony store.
Tom Petty (see above), Phish (“Hoist” - 2 Lp vinyl set), Left Lane Cruiser (“Beck In Black” - vinyl Lp) and Fleetwood Mac (“The Alternate Tusk” - 2 Lp vinyl set) are some of the Record Store Day items Roets says he is getting a lot of calls and interest about this year.
A 10 percent off coupon that can be used only on Record Store Day at all three Wooden Nickel locations is available online at www.woodennickelrecords.com and at all Wooden Nickel locations until Saturday.
There also will be $2,000 in prizes given away including a Record Store Day 2016 Limited Edition Exclusive Disney turntable, a copy of “The Beatles U.S Albums” CD box set, a copy of Led Zeppelin’s “In Through the Out Door” Super Deluxe Edition box set and a $250 Wooden Nickel gift certificate.
Six hundred goodie bags also will be given away at all three Wooden Nickel locations starting at 8 a.m. while they last.
Fourteen local bands will play at the North Anthony store location, and there also will be several pairs of tickets to the Foellinger Summer Concert Series given away between 8:30 and 11 a.m. only at the North Anthony store. The Sol Kitchen food truck will be there and a beer tent featuring Dogfish Head Beer (Record Store Day sponsor), which is run by Old Crown, as well as free Old Crown Coffee and free cookies available inside the North Anthony store.
Roets says for him the best part of Record Store Day is seeing people, young people especially, buying vinyl for the first time.
“It’s so cool to see young people, someone let’s say is 16 years old, that walks in the store and the first thing they buy is Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’ or ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd or ‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles, I get a real kick out of that,” Roets said.
He’s going to take pictures and talk to customers, trying to find people who are purchasing vinyl for the first time.
“This is partially what Record Store Day does is kind of get them in the stores and introduce them to vinyl for the first time,” he said.