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Record Store Day 2012 In Cincinnati

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Oh joy, Record Store Day is almost here! As you can probably guess, Team ENS squeals with delight at the mere thought of Record Store Day. For those unfamiliar, RSD is a celebration of the local record store, a day when artists and record stores unite for the love of music. It’s a whirlwind of rare and exclusive releases, in-store performances, and fighting off crazed audiophiles who literally camped out in front of the store all night so they could grab one of the 400 copies of his favorite artist’s exclusive bright green 7” release of that super rare single with the bonus hand screen printed sleeve (You can check out the full release list here if you want to be that guy).

Whether you take Record Store Day as seriously as a heart attack, or you’re a casual record store peruser, ENS has created a handy guide to Record Store Day in Cincinnati.


The lovely folks behind Salina Underground on WVQC (95.7 FM) and Southpaw Prints will be kicking off RSD 2012 with a Record Store Eve party at Northside Tavern on Friday, April 20th. The free show features headliner Brian Olive, as well as The Sweep and alt-country newcomers The Chance Brothers. Music starts at 9.


Wussy, Funeral Dress
Available at Shake It Records

Wussy’s debut album Funeral Dress will be available as a limited run of 500. The colored vinyl includes a download and special insert. For those who can’t make it to the store, the album will be available online in the Shake It mailorder catalog on Tuesday, April 24.

Walk The Moon, Anna Sun/Anyway I Can
Available at all stores participating in RSD

To celebrate their debut on RCA on June 19th and headlining tour, Walk the Moon will release an exclusive 7” featuring their hit single “Anna Sun” and the unreleased “Anyway I Can.” Though their tour won’t take them through Cincinnati, you can catch them at Shake It for a special RSD in-store performance.

The Ridges, The Insomniac’s Song
Available at Shake It Records, Everybody’s Records

Athens-based orchestral folk group The Ridges will offer just 15 copies of their RSD exclusive “The Insomniac’s Song (Live with The Sleepless Singers)” in Cincinnati. The single includes a 12×12 hand screenprinted poster and a download for “The Insomniac’s Song” performed live with The Sleepless Singers (a 20-person choir featuring members of The Happy Maladies, Indigo Wild, Young Heirlooms and Molly Sullivan) plus a live video of the recording at Rohs Street Cafe’s Sanctuary and the original studio recording from their self-titled debut album.

Bad Veins, The Mess We’ve Made
Available at Shake It Records

Technically, the release of Bad Veins’ sophomore album isn’t a RSD exclusive. The album will be available just a wee bit ahead of its official April 24 street date. Check them out at Shake It on RSD, then again at Taft Theater on Saturday for their official release party.

R. Ring, Homemade CD
Available at Omega Records (Dayton, OH)

R. Ring, the new project by Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Mongomery (Ampline) will be giving away a mere 50 CDs at their in-store performance at Omega Records in Dayton. The handmade CDs, available for free with the purchase of a shirt, contain two songs recorded live in Kelley’s kitchen. Unfortunately, if you aren’t able to make it up to Dayton, you’ll just have to wait for their debut 7” on Misra Records.


Shake It Records
4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside / 513.591.0123
RSD Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm

In-Store Performances: Bad Veins (5pm), Walk The Moon (7pm)
Sweet Deals: Receive 10% off with a canned good to benefit C.A.I.N.’s food pantry (Churches Active In Northside). They’ll also have plenty of free swag on hand, like samplers, posters, and magazines.
More info

Everybody’s Records
6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge / 513.531.4500
RSD Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm

In-Store Performances: 12pm Graham Weber; 1 pm The Newport Secret Six; 2pm Jack Logan & Midnight Riders; 3pm Strangetunge; 4pm The Cla-zels; 5pm Playfully Yours; 6pm The Right Now
Sweet Deals: Everybody’s will be holding a drawing to win prizes like $50 and $100 gift certificates and an autographed copy of M. Ward’s new album, A Wasteland Companion. Plus, they’ll be participating in Pleasant Ridge’s Shop Hop – pick up a coupon from any participating store and use it toward 10% off your total purchase.

Mole’s Record Exchange
111 Calhoun St., Clifton / 513.861.6291
RSD Hours: 11:30am – 6:00pm
In-Store Performances: N/A
Sweet Deals: No special deals, just the RSD special releases

Phil’s Records
3800 Alexandria Pike., Cold Spring, KY / 859.441.2514
RSD Hours: 10:00am. – 6:00pm

In-Store Performances: N/A
Sweet Deals: 20% off used vinyl and 30% used CDs and DVDs, now through Sunday; $1 off one new LP, CD, DVD; $2 off each additional new purchase

Another Part of the Forest*
1333 Main St., Over-the-Rhine (Over-the-Rhine)
12:00pm – 10:00pm

*Another Part of the Forest isn’t participating in Record Store Day, but go there regardless for a great selection of used funk, soul, classical, jazz, bluegrass, world, and more. They also specialize in comic books and pulp fiction, and offer an eclectic assortment of VHS and DVDs to rent or buy.

P.S. If you’re looking for a post-RSD drink, Arnold’s Bar will offer 10% off your total bill if you bring a receipt from any independent record store. Trust me, after dropping all your cash on records, you’re gonna want that discount.

For more information on Record Store Day 2012, click here

Post by Caitlin Behle, follow her on Twitter @cutelin

Posted by Joe Long   @   19 April 2012 2 comments


Apr 23, 2012
3:37 pm
#1 euro60 :

I was at the in-store performances at Shake It.

Bad Veins is not really a band meant for “unplugged” performances, sorry. Without the reel-to-reel player, it’s just not the same. I did pick up the new CD of course.

Walk the Moon: where to begin? Of all the in-store performances I’ve seen there, this was the most crowded and the loudest ever. The band played its regular full-band, plugged-in, set of about an hour, I couldn’t believe it. They gave their all, and all of them were dripping with sweat a few songs into to the set. It’s impossible not to like their live set. After their set they stayed around to sign stuff, and the line to get to them went out the store onto the sidewalk and all the way around the corner!! Debut album on RCA coming out on 6/19. I hope for them they hit it big. It’s now or never.

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