This Saturday, April 21, marks the fifth-annual Record Store Day, when independent bricks-and-mortar music retailers stock up on vinyl goodies for your listening pleasure, including limited-edition pressings and rare exclusives (find a full list of Record Store Day offerings here, but remember, not all stores get all releases).
Here are some of the Connecticut record stores that are participating:
- Brass City Records, 489 Meadow St., Waterbury. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Although the owner preferred Record Store Day in its less-commercial early years (“Record scam day,” he calls it now), Brass City is nonetheless participating. Also: the shop still has RSD offerings from previous years.
- Cutler’s, 25-27 Broadway, New Haven. Open from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Exile on Main St., 267 East Main St., Branford. Opening at 10 a.m., this venerable store promises exclusive giveaways, including an autographed Black Keys poster.
- Mystic Disc, 10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic. Opens at 11 a.m. The owner was at Woodstock in 1969, so expect knowledgeable commentary on bands of the era, plus whatever Record Store Day goodies show up.
- Redscroll Records, 24 North Colony St., Wallingford. Record Store Day happens to coincide with Redscroll’s fifth anniversary, and the shop is celebrating with expanded hours (9 a.m.-10 p.m.); 15 percent off all new merchandise in the store, including turntables; used CDs for $2; used LPs marked up to $3 for a dollar each; goodie bags and even a free concert: The Saddest Landscape performs with Mean Man’s Dream and Prawn. Music starts at 9 p.m.
- The Telegraph, 19 Golden St., New London. Open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., the Telegraph promises “a bunch of free swag,” which last year included vinyl carrying bags and silver insignia 45 adapters.
- Willimantic Records, 74 Main St. (Back Entrance), Willimantic. Open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. This new shop marks its first Record Store Day with live performances all day by local bands including Night of the Rabbit and Hanging Hills (here’s the schedule), along with whatever exclusives the Gods of Record Store Day see fit to ship their way.
Newbury Comics, with area locations at the Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester and 38 Pleasant St., Northampton, also participates, though neither local store has scheduled performances or the like. Northampton’s Turn It Up, 5 Pleasant St., also participates. Feeding Tube Records at 90 King St., Northampton, doesn’t seem to be taking part, but the shop has a weird enough selection of underground LPs that it’s always Record Store Day.