Record Store Day 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever, and independent Minneapolis retailers are pulling out all of the stops to celebrate. From one-room mom-and-pop shops with homespun cookouts on the back deck to massive, two-stage block parties, there's something for every stripe of record lovers happening this Saturday, April 16.
Check out our list of St. Paul Record Store Day events here.
Cheapo Discs - Minneapolis
When Cheapo's beloved Lake Street location closed last fall, Minneapolis record hunters mourned the loss like the passing of an old friend. This year's record store day just wouldn't have been the same without Cheapo, and luckily, the small chain bounced back and reopened a more manageably-sized location on Eat Street.
All three Cheapo locations, including the Minneapolis store, will open an hour early at 9 a.m., and boast a deep selection of RSD exclusives. DJ Rude Dawg will be spinning vinyl from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on-site as well.
Electric Fetus - Minneapolis
With their vast selection of records and a staff seemingly handpicked from a who's-who of local musicians and DJs, the Fetus enjoys a premium reputation among local shops, and their RSD 2016 blowout definitely reflects that status.
The store opens at 9 a.m., but you'll likely want to lineup well before that, as the Fetus' faithful tend to show up quite early. Luckily, Peace Coffee and Glam Doll Donuts will be on the premises to take the edge off your morning, and once the event gets underway, Natesdogs and Chef Shack will handle lunch. The store promises free gift-bags while supplies last, and hourly giveaways for everything from concert tickets to vinyl exclusives.
The Fetus will also host a Red Bull Sound Select Lounge, complete with a kid's play area, in their parking lot, live in-store performances all day. Here's the in-store lineup:
Dead Media is the brainchild of three twenty-something punks who wanted to put together a record store specializing in short-run local releases, with an emphasis on the cassette format.
Their small-but-mighty location has just barely enough room to host bands and customers, but Dead Media is coming out swinging with a stellar five-band slate of in-store performances, including local darlings Kitten Forever and Rupert Angeleyes. They're also offering 15 percent off of the store's used merchandise and special releases from local boutique record labels like Forged Artifacts.
Extreme Noise Records
Extreme Noise is a cooperatively-owned record store in Whittier that specializes in all things heavy, loud and DIY. If your idea of Record Store Day involves combing the racks for rare Cleveland punk 45s while a local metal band blows your ears off, this is the store for you.
Extreme Noise will at 8am with vegan pastries and coffee, and will be hosting a veggie-dog grill-out as well as an in-store performance by the band Tormenta, featuring members of the volunteer collective that runs the shop. In addition to the usual exclusives, Extreme Noise plans or marking-down plenty of inventory, and every $100 spent nets you a free item from the "grab box."
The local label Rhymesayers' uptown headquarters also doubles as the Twin Cities' premier hip-hop focused record store, and alway seems to have something fun in the works for Record Store Day.
This year, Fifth Element will be hosting an in-store performance from rising Minneapolis rapper Dem Atlas along with several other sets throughout the day. Exclusive Rhymesayers releases will be available at steep discount, along with limited-edition merchandise and vintage rarities from New York/Philly label Soulspazm. Fifth Element will open at 9 a.m. so you can scoop your hip-hop RSD exclusives early.
While Northeast Minneapolis' Central avenue drag seems to get a new brewery every six months, the area was starved for a decent record store until Raoul Benavides opened Flashlight Vinyl in early February. Partially backed by metro-area record guru John Kass of Go Johnny Go records, Flashlight is a well-appointed two-floor space specializing in rock, punk and hip-hop.
Flashlight are organizing an unprecedented "record shopping marathon" and plan on staying open continuously for 36 hours, from 8 a.m. on Saturday through 8 p.m. on Sunday. Donuts and coffee from Bogart's Donuts will be available Saturday, while supplies last, and Flashlight will be offering 20 percent off everything in stock. In-store performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons from the likes of Carnage the Excecutioner and Egypto Knuckles.
Hymie's Vintage Records
Hymie's is a beloved East Lake institution and over the last few years, the family-owned vinyl-only store has built their Record Store Day event into a can't-miss block party.
In addition to all of the usual RSD exclusives, Hymie's will be releasing their brand-new "Live at Hymie's" compilation on vinyl in an extremely limited run. They're also hosting two stages worth of live music, with local acts like What Tyrants and Black Market Brass rocking the block outdoors on 39th ave while more intimate performances from the likes of Chastity Brown and Ben Weaver take place on the venue's indoor stage. Music starts at 11 a.m. and a full list of performers is available on the store's Facebook page.
Know Name Records
Know Name is one of the city's longest-running record stores, open more or less continuously since 1977, and they'll be celebrating their 39th anniversary this Saturday to coincide with Record Store Day. They plan on opening at 9:30 a.m. with a limited run of RSD exclusives, along with a bounty of gems from the owners' personal vaults.
Kingfield institution Roadrunner Records is celebrating their 30th year in business during 2016.
Roadrunner plans on opening at 9 a.m. for the RSD die-hards, and their lower profile means that this shop is a great place to beat the usual RSD lines and other madness. They'll be doing door prizes and other giveaways throughout the day, including a special-edition T-shirt that comes free with every $100 purchase while supplies last. Roadrunner also plans on hosting a weather-permitting grill-out and picnic stage, where you can catch acts like Kinda Kinky performing acoustically at 3 p.m.
Located on the bones of legendary Minneapolis record store Oar Folkjokeopus, Treehouse carries on that shop's alternative legacy for a new generation of vinyl nerds.
Treehouse always opens early and fills up with blue-chip rarities, and this year doesn't appear to be any different. Line up before 9 a.m. to get a chance to snag some of those coveted releases and a free cup of coffee, but also be prepared to get up close and personal with the shop's throngs of faithful customers.