Record Store Day 2012: Our Comprehensive Guide to Steals and Deals, Free Grub and Live Performances
Jena Ardell

Record Store Day 2012: Our Comprehensive Guide to Steals and Deals, Free Grub and Live Performances

Record Store Day is this Saturday. Because there are almost as many record stores in L.A. as there are donut shops, we compiled a handy guide to help you get your hot little hands on as much vinyl as possible.

We called every record store in a 40-mile radius and made a list of all the day's deals and live performances -- one store will have free food, another will have a cool "vinyl valet," and a couple are opening at the crack of dawn.

1. Freakbeat Records, Sherman Oaks:

-Will be carrying new RSD releases

-10% discount on all merchandise

-99 cent room full of great finds

2. Atomic Records, Burbank:

-Will not have any new RSD releases

-10% discount on all merchandise

-Will be giving away tee shirts to a few lucky costumers

3. Backside Records, Burbank:

-Special store hours: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

-Will have exclusive RSD titles

-Bring cash and receive 15% off new vinyls and 30% off used vinyls


-DJ spinning vinyl all day long

-Free food (coffee and donuts for early morning costumers and BBQ from noon-2 p.m.)

-Private area full of $1 used vinyls will be open on Saturday, the 21st

4. SoundCheck, Hollywood:

-Will have limited edition items and RSD releases

-Buy two shirts, get one shirt 50% off

-Acoustic performances and signings by Hands like Houses and Secrets

5. Headline Records, Los Angeles:

-Will not have any new RSD releases

-Vinyls will be 20% off

-Promotional items like Headline bags, buttons and shirts will be given to costumers

6. Fat Beats, Los Angeles: Los Angeles location is now CLOSED. You can only shop online.

7. Amoeba, Hollywood:

-Will have hundreds of new RSD releases

-12 p.m. Silkscreening of exclusive RSD Amoeba design (while t-shirts last) with $5 donation to The Silverlake Conservatory of Music

-1-4 p.m. Prize wheel with $1 donation to The Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Gues DJ sets:

-1 p.m. Brendan Canning

-3 p.m. †††

-5 p.m. Macy Gray (who will also sign copies of her new album after her DJ set)

-6-8 p.m. The David Lynch Foundation and Amoeba Music celebrate Music That Changes The World with a RSD party at Space15Twenty (located one block from Amoeba),

8. High-Fidelity, Los Feliz:

-Open 10 a.m. to Midnight on RSD

-Will carry a limited amount of RSD releases

-Live music from local bands start to finish

-Rewards program and 5% of your purchase will go toward your next purchase

9. Rockaway Records, Los Angeles:

-Will have new RSD releases

-Semi-annual store-wide sale kicks off; save up to 50% off

10. VACATION, Los Angeles:

-Will have A LOT of RSD releases

-DJ sets by music labels Finders Keepers (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) and Complicated Dance Steps (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

-Free giveaways with every purchase

11. Origami, Echo Park:

-Opens at 8 a.m.

-Will have new releases

-DJ sets 8-3 p.m.

-First 300 costumers will receive Origami tote bag with purchase

-Free vinyl valet (so you don't have to stand around holding your records) and a lounge with a listening station


Free shows at the Echo all day long:

-12 p.m. All Tiny Creations

-1 p.m. Jenny O

-2 p.m. Electric Flower Group

-3 p.m. Zammuto

-4 p.m. Races

-5 p.m. Electric Guest

-6 p.m. Henry Clay People

-7 p.m. Big Black Delta

12. Angel City Books & Records, Santa Monica:

-Will not have RSD releases in stock

-If you mention this Record Store Day post, you'll receive 20% off

-Carries a plethora of used classic rock vinyls (Stones, Beatles, Led Zepplin, etc.) that you won't find in the more well-known shops

13. RECORD SURPLUS, Los Angeles:

-Will not have new RSD releases

-15% off all merchandise Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22

-Dollar records will be marked down, 3 for $1

-Listening station

-Open til 10 p.m. every day but Sunday

14. MIDNIGHT RECORDS, Los Angeles: Although it's listed on the official RSD site, it appears this store no longer exists.

15. Visjon Records, Los Angeles: Another DUD. This store no longer exists either, so save your gas money.

16. Fingerprints, Long Beach:

-Opens 6 a.m. on RSD

-Will have new RSD releases


Live performances:

-1 p.m. Al Jardine (of the Beach Boys) RSVP at 562-433-4996

-5 p.m. M. Ward Performance is SOLD OUT. There will be absolutely no walk-up entry.

-7:30 p.m. World Party

17. Permanent Records, Eagle Rock:

-Will have hundreds of new RSD releases

-Annual RSD Midnight Sale (Friday night)

-Guest DJs

-6 p.m. Instore performances by The Skabbs,Wounded Lion, & Merx

-Appearance/signing by Richie Ramone and more

See also: How Many Vinyl Record Stores Does the Eastside Need?

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