The 10th annual Record Store Day returns Saturday, April 22 with a ton of limited releases and events held at record stores worldwide.
Participating Record Store Day stores in New Orleans are Euclid Records, Louisiana Music Factory, The Mushroom, NOLA Mix Records, Peaches Records, Sisters in Christ and Skully'z Recordz. But stores citywide are holding special events and sales to mark the occasion. Official Record Store Day participants took the "Record Store Day Pledge," meaning the stores will carry the "spirit of Record Store Day" and sell official Record Store Day releases in the store and not gouge the prices or hold them to sell online.
There are several local releases on this year's list, including a double LP from Allen Toussaint (The Allen Toussaint Collection) and triple LP singles collection from The Meters (Message from The Meters — The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977
). Among other
highlights: a Prince 7" picture disc, Sun Ra's Janus
, Cinewax and Light in the Attic's Psychic Migrations
compilation, Spacemen 3's Recurring
, and Vangelis' Blade Runner
soundtrack reissued for the film's 35th anniversary on a picture disc. Take a look at the full list here
Here's a look at local record store events on April 22.
637 S. Pierce St.
The Mid-City shop holds a 20 percent off sale on unsealed items. It also will sell no-fees tickets to upcoming Winter Circle Productions events. It opens at 10 a.m.
3301 Chartres St.
The two-story shop opens early at 10 a.m., and there's music from Gar Gar, The Essence, Patrick Shuttleswerth, Stoo Odom and The Bongoloids. The shop also hosts a crawfish boil from Green Goddess, a raffle and limited edition T-shirts, all to benefit Guitar Lightnin' Lee, the New Orleans R&B guitarist who recently was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment
. What's in the raffle? A guitar (signed by Lee), a chance to be a record store clerk for a day, gift certificates, shirts, hats and more. There's also mimsoas for the early crowd from Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou and free beer while it lasts.
Louisiana Music Factory
421 Frenchmen St.
The shop has a strong stock of mostly local and regional releases, and it continues its regular in-store performances with a stacked afternoon lineup. The shop opens at 11 a.m., and Guitar Slim Jr. and Carlo Ditta perform at 1 p.m., Robin Barnes performs at 2 p.m., The Revealers are on at 3 p.m., and Miss Mojo is on at 4 p.m.
1037 Broadway St.
The Uptown shop continues its annual 4/20 sale with nearly 42 percent off almost everything in the store, $4.20 off new CDs and records, and free pizza and beer. The store opens at 10 a.m. daily and the sale runs April 20-22.
NOLA Mix Records
1522 Magazine St.
The shop opens at 11 a.m., and there are free drinks and music from guest DJs Ben Shive, The Deft Funk DJs, Tony Skratchere, DJ Ruby, DJ Raven and DJ Yamin.
4318 Magazine St,
The shop opens early at 9 a.m., and there are DJs, snowballs from Hansen's Sno-Bliz, raffle prizes and free beer. The store also offers no-fees tickets to upcoming Winter Circle concerts.
Sisters in Christ
5206 Magazine St.
The shop releases a Sisters in Christ-only release for each Record Store Day, In 2015, there was a Thou 7"
(with Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains covers), and last year, a 7" from New Orleans punk band PEARS
("Sisters in Christ") with a B-side from Vista Blue, formed by New Orleans songwriter Mike Patton (who originally wrote the record store's anthem). This year, the store offers an exclusive 7" from The Body. The A-side is a Big Star cover, and the B-side is a "noise jammer." The shop opens at noon.
907 Bourbon St.
The small Bourbon Street shop is packed floor to ceiling with lots of new releases. The store opens at 9 a.m., and there are ticket giveaways from Winter Circle.
The White Roach
5704 Magazine St.
Among the newest record stores in town, White Roach opens at 10 a.m. and hosts a Record Store Day with live music, food, drinks and these releases while supplies last.
Other record stores that aren't running any Record Store Day-specific events but are worth checking out: Disko Obscura
(1113 Saint Mary St.) focuses on off-radar electronic, funk and post-punk releases, and Domino Sound Record Shack
(2557 Bayou Road), which offers a ton of world music and reggae as well as local releases, rock 'n' roll, punk, funk (including picks from DJ Soul Sister), and lots of 45s.