How to Celebrate Record Store Day in the DMV
Between the religious holidays of Good Friday and Easter Sunday this year falls Record Store Day, an annual celebration of all things vinyl. Some D.C.-area record stores are hawking RSD exclusives (you can find a full list of offerings here), and others are turning the sales opportunity into a day-long party. Read on to find out what local merchants have planned, then get out there to support your local businesses! You know you want that rare Devo release.
In addition to selling its wares, the 14th Street NW shop will give away gift certificates, CDs, and records to customers throughout the day. On Saturday night, the store will team up with D.C. Vinyl Headz for an all-vinyl DJ night at the Handsome Cock, featuring a set by Som owner Neal Becton.
Arrive at the Adams Morgan shop when it opens at 9 a.m.: The first 75 paying customers will walk away with free tote bags, and the first 100 customers will score goodie bags with stickers, promo CDs, buttons, and posters. Crooked Beat will also sell two of its own records: 150 copies of a new 7-inch by local punk favorites Möbius Strip and 500 copies of a single by Crooked Beat founder Bill Daly's group Insurgence DC.
While Joe's declined to purchase any official RSD releases, they'll still honor the day with DJ sets beginning at 11 a.m., ticket giveaways, and an in-store appearance and signing by the original members of the Blackbyrds.
The new Georgetown record shop will open at 10 a.m. According to Facebook, Hill and Dale will carry "many of the Record Store Day exclusive titles," but the store won't specify which ones.
The store won't reveal its list of RSD releases until later tonight, but will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow (which is its anniversary, too).
Check the Adams Morgan store's website for a full list of the RSD titles available beginning at 11 a.m.
The U Street NW shop will offer a keg of root beer and 10 percent off all used records tomorrow. See a preview of its RSD releases on its Facebook page.
The Falls Church and Arlington locations are still unpacking their shipments and posting updates on their Facebook page.