Like South by Southwest, Record Store Day is now such an ingrained part of the culture that it has its own abbreviation: RSD. Hatched in 2008 as a way to bring attention to struggling record shops, RSD has become a yearly event. This year Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 19. And once again, area record stores will be going all out to celebrate -- and hopefully sell a few records in the process.
As we noted last year, the so-called "RSD Exclusives" are, in many ways, beside the point. For every interesting release or long-deleted repressing, there are at least as many that are merely overpriced versions of the same old stuff. We'll be looking out for special pressings by the JBs (on Get On Down, the current standard-bearer for classy rap and R&B reissues), Bis and Half Japanese. However, it's likely we'll only spend a short time in the "RSD Exclusives" section before browsing the used bins, enjoying some live music and having a beer or two.
This year, we're presenting the RSD schedule in a handy list format to help you plot your route. All times are obviously subject to change. If we've left out anyone or anything important, let us know.
1) Apop Records Live Music Schedule noon: Better Days 12:40 p.m. Liquorlord 1:20 p.m. Fister 2 p.m. What We Won't See 2:40 p.m. Shitstorm 3:20 p.m. Lifelike 4 p.m. Wax Fruit 4:40 p.m. Moni Tor 5:20 p.m. Execution Techniques 6:00 p.m. Wild Hex 6:40 p.m. Bruiser Queen
DJs Ryan Snowden (Vicious Visions) Jeff Hess (KDHX) Mark Willey (Cosmic Slop, Both Ends Burning)
Food/Drink New Belgium Brewing Schlafly Beer The Civil Life Brewing Company Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Four Hands Pabst Blue Ribbon Heavy Riff Brewing Company
Outdoor Booths KSLU: Saint Louis University Radio Encapsulated Records FREEZERBURN Pancake Productions Eat Tapes Dudes Magazine KWUR 90.3 FM
Reasons not to miss it: A cool outdoor market, the most varied beer selection, and it's the place to find the most intriguing and oddball RSD exclusives.
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