Most importantly, the dudes and dudettes at Indy CD and Vinyl are offering free coffee for when you roll in bright and early at 8 a.m. Okay, maybe that’s not the most important thing happening there all day, but it’s crucial to us (we need coffee to live). The first 200 customers in line will each get a stack of free tickets to the Vogue for 7-10 randomly selected shows. Dogfish Head will be pouring brews (bring on the 90 minute IPAs) and bringing beer brats; tons of giveaways from companies like Klipsch and Audio Engine will run all day.
And we haven’t even gotten to the music yet. Inside, DJs MetroGnome, Cool Hand Lex and Lockstar will spin, in addition to Deckademics DJ students. Outside, THEPREXFOREVA, Kid Quill, Coolidge, Cold Speck, Brother O’Brother, Five Year Mission, Jomberfox, Shimmercore and Kvlthammer will play (in that order). And, oh yeah, records. The trio of owners at Indy CD and Vinyl said they’ve ordered at least one of everything. Whoo!
806 Broad Ripple Ave.
Live music from Deezen, Last Four Digits and The Dockers will kick off at 2 p.m.; location is dependent on weather (if it’s nice, it’ll be outside; if it’s gnarly, it’ll be in the basement). They’ll offer official RSD goodie bags and give away a limited print of a John Mellencamp painting. Two of their bands have RSD-related releases; Deezen is on a new Kinks tribute tape coming out on RSD and The Dockers will release a special red and black vinyl record that day.
9 Johnson Ave.
There’s no live music at Karma this year, but they’ll run different contests all day to give away gift certificates, autographed items, and tickets to Wilco’s May show at the Murat at Old National Centre.
Hear ye, hear ye broke people! LUNA rolls out a big ol’ sidewalk sale of discount vinyl and CDs, plus they’ve got a bunch of grab bags with samplers and treats. In the back, they’ve got music from Nat Russell, Busman’s Holiday, Frankie and The Witch Fingers, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Vacation Club and Oreo Jones and Ghost Gun Summer. Jones, DMA and LUNA lady Abby Goldsmith will host and DJ.
You can read about the exclusive-to-LUNA goodies in owner Todd Robinson’s entry on our megalist a page or so back, but we’ll recap it quickly here: the biggie is the sweet 20th Anniversary Live at LUNA lathe cut 7” box set featuring live recordings from Bill Callahan, Kyle Field, Mark Kozelek, Kurt Vile and Ben Watt; these guys have art from Nat Russell, screen-printing from Dave Windisch (former NUVO Art Director), plus they’re all lathe-cut by People In The Position To Know’s Mike Dixon on a vintage lathe. Robinson is also reissuing Good Morning Blues by San Francisco’s Assateague; they’ll have non-record goodies too, like a special LUNA frisbee (free for the first 15 people in line) and those gorgeous U-Turn Orbit turntables. Bee Coffee, Citizen Hash and Upland will be vending and Laundromatinee will be shooting video.
5202 N. College Ave.
Vibes, due to close at the end of May, is keeping it simple this RSD. GloryHole will once again put on an all-day showcase that’s our pick for the best RSD lineup in town. Music kicks off at noon with Adam Kuhn and Kaylie Pickett, followed by Chemical Envy, Absonites, Vess von Ruhtenberg, S.M. Wolf, Pnature Walk, No Coast, Phases, Thee Tsunamis and Apache Dropout, wrapping up at 7:15 p.m. No Coast will release a new seven-song EP at the show.
1051 E. 54th St.
About 90 – 95 percent of the official RSD releases will be available at this Southside shop, which will also offer giveaways, discounts on all the regular new and used vinyl, PLUS free vinyl every day this week in the leadup to RSD.
520 N. SR 135, Suite M
For those who want to take a Record Store Day road trip adventure, Village Green’s plans are well worth your time. They’ve booked Shiny Penny and the Critical Shoes, Freak, Lee Harvy and The Oswalds, Architecture Aviva, Forgotten Tribe, Ampersand Blues Band, Bonesetters and Archives for live music. Inside, note the 10 percent off new stuff (not RSD exclusives, unfortunately) and 20 percent off everything used. Organizers note that set times are approximate, so plan on being flexible.
519 N. Martin St.
How we remember the line that stretches around Landlocked by mid-morning every Record Store Day. Bloomington. It’s worth getting in line for this one. This time, they’ll have Bloomie marching band Jefferson St. Parade Band playing outside for those who wait, plus coffee from Uel Zing Coffee. Inside, Mike Adams, Stephen Westrich, Ann Jonker and Magician Johnson will DJ in between sets from Thee Open Sex, Birimbi and The Cowboys. Upland will pour its Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale in exchange for a donation to Girls Rock; bring t-shirts for their cool outdoor screen printing station hooked up by In Case of Emergency Press. Plus, tons of records, of course.
202 N. Walnut St.
Bloomington’s underground record store TDs (yes, actually underground) is marking down $1 LPs to 50 cents and $3 LPs to $2, so come on in, bargain hunters. They’ll also have all kinds of official RSD-related goodies. There’s absolutely no room in this jewel box of a record store for live music, so head over if you need a (relatively) quiet reprieve from the bands.
322 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Tracks says it’s absolutely loaded with merchandise, plus it’s got donuts and coffee to power you through 13 hours of shopping. This is the big early destination spot in Bloomington, so plan on hauling down 37 bright and early if you’re coming down from Indy.
415 E. Kirkwood Ave