The eighth annual Record Store Day takes place nationwide on Sat., April 19. Here's a list of some of the deals and events taking place around town.
Attic Record Store,
513 Grant Ave.,
Fred Bohn Sr. opened his Millvale store in November 1980; it's now co-operated with his son, Fred Jr. The volume of records available for sale here is vast. Not only is the location itself stocked from floor to ceiling, so are its two basements and a warehouse across the street, with five rows of 30-foot-high shelves packed with 45s. If you need something obscure, Attic most likely has it.
RSD deals: 20 percent off all used, 10 percent off all new, plus giveaways, raffles (including a USB turntable) and plenty of food and drink.
Dave's Music Mine,
1210 E. Carson St.,
Dave's, which previously had an Oakland location, opened its current South Side residence in May 2000, and store clerk Dave Whaley has seen firsthand the expansion of vinyl culture. "One day [owner] Michelle Panasiuk saw a bunch of people crowding around a tiny display of records in the back, ignoring the CDs," he explains. "She said, ‘We have to do something about this.'" Dave's has been expanding its vinyl section ever since.
RSD Deals: RSD releases, RSD/Dave's Music Mine T-shirts, door prizes, ticket giveaways every hour, and each customer draws from the RSD fishbowl. There will also be light refreshments and a guest DJ.
2136 Murray Ave.,
Jerry's Records is about as Pittsburgh as you can get. This statement took on even more gravity on April 14, when Pittsburgh City Council officially declared it to be "Jerry's Record Store Day."
RSD Deals: Jerry's will be giving away 25,000 free records. They will be offered in boxes of 250 — limit one box per person, and you can't look inside before selecting one. Also: $1 records, $2 CDs.
Sound Cat Records,
4526 Liberty Ave.,
Previously known as Paul's CDs and before that Jim's Records, Sound Cat has been at this location since 1978. Current owner Karl Hendricks bought the store in 2012. If you're the type of collector who balks at someone placing your copy of Paul Simon's Graceland right next to Zeppelin, then this is the store for you; it's well organized and genres are easy to find.
RSD deals: Many RSD releases.
Mind Cure Records.
3138 Dobson St.,
Owner Mike Seamans is more than a record-store owner; Mind Cure is also a label, and in June will begin releasing a song and video each month featuring Mind Cure acts. Seamans once worked at Paul's CDs and credits Jerry Weber (of Jerry's Records) with inspiring him to own a store himself.
RSD Deals: Storewide sale on new and used.
720 Music, Clothing and Café,
4405 Butler St.,
The night before Record Store Day, this mainstay will be open for a party benefitting ex-Pittsburgher DJ Buscrates. (See Local Beat, page TKTK.) Then it's open at 9 a.m. Saturday to serve up food and RSD releases, with local DJs spinning all day.
RSD deals: Many RSD releases; half off used vinyl, plus café specials.
This is just a sampling of Record Store Day participants. Other locals offering RSD releases and specials include: Desolation Row, 410 S. Craig St., Oakland; Eide's Entertainment, 1121 Penn Ave., Strip District; Stedeford's, 425 E. Ohio St., North Side; and The Exchange, multiple locations throughout the area.