A Comprehensive Guide to Record Store Day 2012

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Record Exchange (5320 Hampton Avenue)

Since 1977, Record Exchange has played a significant role in the lives of record collectors, boasting one of the largest vinyl inventories nationwide. Dealing exclusively with used media, Record Exchange will not have exclusive RSD releases this year. They will, however, have a giant sidewalk sale out front, where customers will be able to search to their dusty fingers content with Record Exchange's vast used vinyl collection at discounted/clearance prices (weather permitting). Although the actual store will be running at normal speed, Record Exchange's online presence, 247 Action Auction will be giving away three $50 gift certificates this Saturday.

"We really support record store day as a whole, not just Record Exchange." says Record Exchange's Tim Morrison. "Next year, we will be supporting Record Store Day nationwide."

Courtesy of Reunion Revolution

Reunion Revolution (3257-1 Domain Street)

Established two years ago, Reunion Revolution has provided the greater-St. Charles area with everything from antiques and collectibles to vintage audio equipment and antique military paraphernalia. If you are looking for that rare Dylan side or a coin operated machine, this store has it all. Consisting of mostly 45s, 78s, and several thousand LPs, Reunion Revolution serves as a time capsule of vinyl's true heyday. Kicking off the festivities, the store will offer live music from two acoustic acts between late morning and mid-afternoon. And as always, discounts and special deals are always offered.

"I discount everything they purchase. If anybody spends any money, they get a discount. That can be anything from 10-50%," says storeowner Robert Smith. "If people are making large purchases, that's 50% off used inventory!"

Reunion Revolution will extend its business hours from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Slackers (Locations Vary)

In celebration of Record Store Day, three of the area's locations will offer both RSD specials and live music. Comprising bands from each of their respective regions, Slackers will host a line-up of varied acts, including a performance from Cursive at the Columbia, MO store.

As a huge supporter of the holiday, Slackers will offer the same discounts at all of their locations: Buy 2, Get 1 free on used CDs and vinyl, 20% more when you trade in vinyl, free $.99 used album with any vinyl purchase, and 20% off Skullcandy headphones.

Live at Slackers in Columbia:

2:00 pm - Rip Rap 3:30 pm - Jimmy Angelov 5:00 pm - The Spit 6:30 pm - Cursive

Live at Slackers in St. Charles:

4:00 pm - Kevin Willingham 5:00 pm - I Have A Bomb 6:00 pm - Apollo Mudd 7:00 pm - Locrian Manor 8:00 pm - Lame Boyz

Live at Slackers in Alton:

12:00 pm - Breakmouth Annie 1:00 pm - Al Bundie's Army 2:00 pm - Ardor Glowing 3:00 pm - Men Working in Trees 4:00 pm - Bruiser Queen 5:00 pm - 33 On The Needle 6:00 pm - Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship

A list of exclusive Record Store day releases at your favorite Slackers can be found here. Be warned, not all releases will be available at the stores due to limited orders and quantities.

CD Warehouse (11828 Tesson Ferry Road)

Housing CDs and DVDs, CD Warehouse promises that everything in the store is on sale at super low prices. In addition to this year's event, CD Warehouse will participate in a fundraiser for The Greek Fire's drummer, Johnny Venus, who was diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this year. Live Nation has donated a selection of "bus stop posters," on sale for a $20 donation. All proceeds go towards Venus' Leukemia fund.

CD Warehouse will be open from 10 am to 9 pm.

CD Reunion in St. Charles (10 Hawks Nest Plaza)

Nestled in the cove of Hawks Nest Plaza in St. Charles stands CD Reunion. Owned by the hardworking visionary, Cliff Hardesty, this CD Reunion location will kick off the RSD celebration in conjunction with Hardesty's two other stores located in the plaza, Glad Rags and Red Fish Blue Fish. All day long, customers can find specials at all three stores, including a special "vinyl beer" at RFBF. CD Reunion will also showcase live performances from local acts such as Hobo Empire, Everyday Jake and the Hometown Heroes and more.

There will be discounts and specials on their huge inventory of new and used vinyl, CDs, movies, and Record Store Day exclusives. "We ordered a lot and a pretty good fill... It was a big list this year, we definitely ordered a ton stuff," says CD Reunion employee, Sarah Ell. "It's like Secretary's Day. It's the only day I get!"

Music Reunion in O'Fallon (21 Ofallon Square)

Serving as CD Reunion's sister store, Music Reunion will offer a plethora of extreme discounts and Record Store Day deals.

Music Reunion's Linda Thomas is excited for this year's festivities. "We've got live bands, music playing, all kinds of specials and deals, a $3 dollar bin of CDs! All vinyl is a percentage off, all regular record store deals," says Thomas. "The store ordered exclusive limited editions. We've got a buttload coming in. Festivities all day, gift certificate give-a-ways. We've got a ton of stuff up our sleeves!"

This year, Music Reunion will extend it's business hours from 9 am to 10 pm.

Although the following stores will not be participating in RSD this year, it will be business as usual on this upcoming Saturday. CD Reunion (Hazelwood) will be open from 11am until 8pm. Offering a wide variety of southern soul, R&B, gospel, and new urban black contemporary, Hudson's Embassy will be open from 9:30am to 6pm. For the metalhead in all of us, Granite City's Metal Hedz will be open from 11am until 6pm.

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