Record Store Day returns this Saturday, April 19! Birmingham record stores join in with shops across the country with special deals, rare merch, and vinyl specifically released for the event. The annual vinyl appreciation day has spurred record store patronage since 2008 and continues to turn music lovers onto the old-school format. Birmingham vinyl enthusiasts now have four destinations to visit this Record Store Day.
Renaissance Records in Five Points will carry some new releases delivered just for Record Store Day. The shop will offer color vinyl and special-edition 7” and 33”. Renaissance also has a selection of record players, including Audio-Technica and some Peanut-themed cases. “It’s a good day for limited releases,” says co-owner Shirley Bourgeois. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Around the corner, Charlemagne Record Exchange is unloading boxes of new arrivals for the big day. “We’ll have plenty of Grateful Dead, Yardbirds, Sun Ra, and so many others,” says owner Marian McKay Rosato. “There will be record players here this year, too.” The shop will run a 20% discount on used albums (excluding any consignment pieces). “Record Store Day has always been a good day for us,” says Marian. “Every year we do better and better. Last April was bigger than the Christmas season.”
Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Birmingham Records in Gardendale boasts hundreds of new arrivals. “We have a large collection of classics like Zep, Doors, and Allman Brothers,” says co-owner Jack Wilson. “There will be plenty of newer items, too. All genres should be represented.” The shop has a fine selection of ‘50s and ‘60s 45” records.
Birmingham’s newest record store, Seasick Records in Avondale, has a full day planned for its first RSD. Expect limited release items, giveaways, and some very cool posters designed by Yellowhammer Creative. Visitors will enjoy music courtesy of DJ Bryant Saxon, hot dogs by Ferocious Dogs, frosty treats by Ono Ice, and some well-crafted brews by Good People.
The Birmingham Record Store Day participants are:
Birmingham Records: 1103 Main Street Gardendale, AL 35071
Open at 7 a.m.
Charlemagne Record Exchange: 1924 1/2 11th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35218
Open at 9 a.m.
Renaissance Records: 2020 11th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205
Open at 10 a.m.
Seasick Records: 4513 5th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222
Open at 11 a.m.