A Comprehensive Guide to Record Store Day 2012

This just in: Vinyl is BACK! Now in its fifth year, Record Store Day has made its international mark, recognized by labels, bands, and collectors worldwide. Celebrating the cultural impact of the independent record store, RSD offers everything from live performances to special discounts to limited edition RSD exclusives at record shops across the U.S. This year, Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 21 featuring celebrations at several of the city's heavy hitters.

Below is a comprehensive guide to St. Louis' Record Store Day events, including information about the happenings at Vintage Vinyl, Euclid, Apop, Record Exchange, Reunion Revolution, Slackers, CD Warehouse, CD Reunion and Music Reunion.

An official list of Record Store Day releases can be found online here.

Vintage Vinyl (6610 Delmar Boulevard)

One of St. Louis' forerunners in the independent record store community, Vintage Vinyl will offer hours of non-stop live music, a rotating local DJ spin and free Schlafly Beer and Monster Energy Drinks. Customers are free to scour the shelves in search of that classic Patti Austin or Pavement LP.

MC'd by the inimitable Johnny Vegas, St. Louis' number one "Stag-tender," Record Store Day will commence with hundreds of indie retail exclusive releases and fourteen hours of fun and inebriation.

Highlighting the day's events will be an exclusive performance from '80s power pop machine, Dear John, at 1:00 pm. After releasing a sole 45 in its brief existence, Dear John's recording has risen to cult status, resulting in a 30-year anniversary reissue from Jason Rerun and Matt Harnish through BDR Records. In honor of RSD, BDR is releasing a special CD-R to accompany the Dear John 45 single. Saturday's performance will be the first Dear John show in 30 years, featuring original members Bob Kuhlmann and Larry Wilke with Bob Chekoudijan (of the Retros) on bass.

Live Music Schedule:

10:00am - This City of Takers 11:00am - Illphonics 12:00pm - Tower Groove Records showcase with Bunnygrunt Warm Jets USA The Skekses 1:00pm - Dear John 2:00pm - Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost 3:00pm - Rough Shop 4:00pm - Sleepy Sun 5:00pm - Beat Street

Guest DJs:

10:00am - Jesse Raya & Holly Renshaw 11:00am - Louis Kwok 12:00pm - Jason Stoff 1:00pm - Mike Cracchiolo & Bert McClimans 2:00pm - Dana Plonka & Roy Kasten 3:00pm - Mike Tomko 4:00pm - Kiernan Maletsky 5:00pm - Dean Minderman

Vintage Vinyl will be open from 10 a.m. until Midnight.

Euclid Records is on the next page; the rest follow.