These days, all it takes is a single click to download music. Sometimes you don’t even have to click at all (we’re looking at you, U2).
That’s why there’s such a resurgence in humble vinyl at the moment – we’re remembering how nice it is to feel, have and keep.
This Saturday is Record Store Day, that one day of the year when record stores and a handful of music shops across Melbourne celebrate with heaps of great events, including exclusive in-store signings, discounts, DJ sets, live music and limited releases.
Show your support by getting rummaging or just coming along to listen to some great music. Here’s what’s happening on Record Store Day in Melbourne.
Huge shipments have been arriving all week from New York and Germany so you can get your hands on some never-before-seen stock. The store isn’t giving too much away, but apparently there’s also going to be an exclusive release of a Melbourne-based dance-pop artist. Watch the Facebook page for the latest updates. There’s also 15 per cent off records storewide and crates of $2 records.
The store opens at 10.30am but from 12pm there’ll be a barbeque out the back and DJs in store.
Paul Kelly will be performing an acoustic set at Greville Records and there will be performances by Saint Jude, Naked Bodies and A Whale Called Phoenix. There’ll be markdowns on selected records and loads of cheap CDs.
A regular day at Licorice Pie. Expect the usual premium records to be playing and a huge selection of vinyl.
Jon Farriss (formerly INXS) will be in-store signing copies of his debut 7” Smokin Joe. There’ll be live music from 2pm which includes performances by Paul Kelly (he’s really doing the rounds), Emma Donovan & the Pushbacks and drummer Ivan Choi. The DJ line up is total girl domination and celebration with MZ Rizk, Systa BB, Miss Goldie, Lyndelle Wilkinson, Ms Butt and Emma Peel behind the decks. There’s also going to be an exclusive pre-release of the new album by Melbourne-based electronic producer DIZZ1.
It’s basically live music for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Polyester. From 10am, catch DJ sets from Chooks, Pearls, Miss Destiny, Lost & Lonesome Recordings Co., White Walls and Ackroyd. From 4pm, it continues with live performances by Superstar, Bad Family and Ciggie Witch.
The early bird gets the freebies here. If there’s a queue, stick it out because there are going to be loads of sales, giveaways and free badges for the taking. There’s also going to be a photo exhibition curated by local Melbourne gig photographers with prints up for sale.
420–422 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
(03) 9329 9636
RSD at Goldmine is going to be a … goldmine. There are loads of exclusive records in each store. You can even download the list from its website to know which one to hit up. No lay-bys, no phone-orders – it’s first-come-first-served.
369 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
(03) 9347 0882
The day kicks off at 11am and the first 50 people in line will go in the hat to win one of five $50 in-store vouches. Last year was madness with the queue snaking down High Street, but it’s worth it, because this year there’s double the amount of exclusive RSD stock.
It’s business as usual. Flip through to find the latest and greatest in music, books and film. So just get along to show your support and keep the vinyls spinning.
White Rabbit Record Bar
The record bar and cafe will have a rotating line-up of guest DJs and live music in the afternoon. As well as a barbeque in the courtyard, there’s going to be discounts on vinyl and a silent auction, which includes limited-edition merch. It’s also extended its licence until 1am.
This is a full day of beats and exclusive RSD releases including 7”, 10” 12” and LPs – once again, get in early. There’ll be DJs spinning throughout the day, including a set by Dyl Thomas and Flu, which coincides with the launch of their new EP, Idol Hands. There’s also going to be new Wax Museum merch to get your hands on.