International Record Store Day began in 2007 when a bunch of record-store owners in the US decided to celebrate and advocate for the independent record shop. It’s held on the third Saturday in April every year.
Across Melbourne this Saturday you’ll find live music, exclusive releases, discounts and limited-edition vinyl in a plethora of the city’s record shops.
If you find yourself in the north, swing by Mr Burger on Brunswick Street for a break from the crates. The Melbourne Record Club will be there hosting one of its BYO vinyl parties, so you can whack your new buy on the decks before you even get home.
Then get back out there because there’s a long list of stores to get through. Here are some of them.
Doors open at 10am and there are about 200 exclusives on offer, as well a chance to win a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable worth $549, plus a couple of Idle Hands Jex vinyl stands worth $109 each. The majority of the stock here is brand new. While you’re there, check out the impressive range of CDs, zines and record players.
Round and Round Records, Brunswick
These guys aren’t mucking about: with any purchase you’ll go into a raffle to win a $500 voucher. (Since not everyone can make it on Saturday, the deal is also offered on Friday.) Second prize isn’t bad either:10 LPs including titles from David Bowie, Joy Division and The Drones, worth about $300. If you spend $50 you get a tote bag; if you spend anything at all you get a sticker. There’s going to be a bunch of new stock, including exclusive Record Store Day releases from overseas. Each sleeve at the store comes with a description, so making new discoveries here is that little bit easier.
Goldmine Records, Carlton North and Fitzroy
If Goldmine Records raises more than $500 on Saturday for Melbourne’s Maneki Neko Cat Rescue, owner Ben Hill will chop off his dreadlocks. He’s had them for 20 years, so it’s kind of a big deal. Goldmine will donate 25 cents from every record sold, and is taking donations on top of that. Beyond its charitable bit, the shop is offering exclusive releases, heaps of used vinyl, and a free Goldmine tote bag with every purchase over $100.
Heartland Records, North Melbourne
A rare Led Zeppelin promotional poster is up for grabs on Saturday. Buy a Record Store Day title on the day and your name will enter the draw. There will also be exclusive releases, more giveaways and sale stock. The shop has a strong metal offering, but as one of Melbourne’s largest purveyors of vinyl there’s also a massive "alt" section, a dedicated punk rack and stuff from the ’60s and ’70s.
Northside Records, Fitzroy
It’s DJs all day at Northside. The line-up includes Prequel, Miss Goldie, Emma Peel and Lance Ferguson. There will be exclusive releases, and Briggs of A.B. Original will be in store for a signing. Northside is known as Melbourne's premier supplier of soul and funk vinyl. Go hunting for hip-hop, reggae, rare and new release 45s, disco, dancehall and dubstep under the shiny disco ball.
Rathdowne Records, Northcote
There will be live music from 10pm until late, with performances by Cracker La Touf, Jungle Breed and other guest DJs. 10,000 titles, including 1000 fresh from Japan, will be available. Owner Joel Shortman has a reputation as one of the best stockists of jazz records in Melbourne, but you’ll also find funk, soul, hip-hop and rock.
Record Paradise, Brunswick
Alex Lahey, School Damage, Rad Island and The Glitter Veils are on the live bill, and it’s offering exclusive local releases and merch, too, plus steep discounts on some titles.
From 10am find second-hand, new and reissued records, plus plenty of local releases at this store owned by three DJs. Their DJ friends will be there to provide the soundtrack on Saturday, and feel free to BYO if you want to have a drink. Sections here include house, techno, Italo, disco and Balearic. It also has a Japanese-made record de-warper that’s one of only a few in the country, so bring in your buckled records for resurrection.
Wax Museum, CBD
From 10am until late Wax Museum is hosting DJs in the arcade beneath Degraves Street. Stop by to see Tigermoth, Skomes, Plutonic Lab, Cara Mia, Silver Linings and more. The shop stocks some of the most unique hip-hop and electronic vinyl in Melbourne, and records come from European warehouses, Brooklyn basements, outer-Tokyo suburbs and Melbourne garages. You’ll also find a solid selection of soul, funk, jazz and indie.
Basement Discs, CBD
There’s a packed schedule of in-store performances, including Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, the Teskey Brothers, Fiona Ross, Sarah Carroll, The Thin White Ukes and others. Plus, there’s prizes, goodie bags and drinks.
SOUTH & EAST
Greville Records, Prahran
There’ll be reduced prices on new and used records, plus performances by Cash Savage, Thin White Ukes, LA Bastard, Wrong Turn and Baby Blue on Saturday. You’ll also find signed LPs from the likes of Midnight Oil and Cash Savage, and other limited-edition vinyl. There are around 20,000 LPs and 10,000 7” singles in the shop, so carve out some time for your visit.
Dixon’s Recycled Records, Blackburn
There’s a 20 per cent discount on all Dixon’s Recycled Records’ stock. The same applies at the Fitzroy store.
24 Hundred, Richmond
24 Hundred is discounting UNFD vinyl by 20 percent and hosting a free barbeque, There will be 22 unique UNFD test pressings and other exclusives from midday until 3pm.
Quality Records, Malvern
The shop is turning Japanese for the day with specially imported Japanese pressings of rock and pop from the ’60s to the ’80s, male geishas (taikomochi) and Japanese green tea and sushi. There will be live music, $3 coffee next door at Lilette French Patisserie and discounts on selected new vinyl.
Son of Run, Belgrave
Wine, beer and a $300 prize. The Déjá Vu’s, Farm and Saturn 5 are performing.
Rare Records, Yarraville
The store has been busy stocking up before the big day and is offering deals and discounts on selected items.
OUT OF TOWN
Reload Records, Mornington Peninsula
If you’re heading to the coast this weekend, Reload has you covered with 15 per cent off all vinyl (and CDs and books) from 10am to 2pm.