Bloodshot Celebrates Record Store Day!


April 17th, 2009 by Rami

Today marks third annual Record Store Day -- the celebration of independently-owned record stores which continue to thrive amongst Bit Torrents and Big Box retailers. To honor them, here's some of our favorite indie record stores as picked by Bloodshot staff and artists. Thank you to all the independent records stores that have supported our artists throughout the years -- it's impossible to list all the stores (still thriving and dearly departed) that have made it possible to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Feel free to tell us about your favorite record store in the comments below. And be sure to visit your favorite record store today (Bloodshot's also got a few goodies at these participating retailers).

"My favorite record store is Haffa's in Athens, Ohio. I went to college in Athens, and I always stop by when I'm in town. The staff is not only smart and funny, but generally a little dreamy. Plus, they'll hold or order whatever you need, and they know a lot about metal. In a small town, a record store is a community, and these guys definitely abide." -- Marah, Bloodshot publicist


"I'm a fan of Sundance Records in my hometown, San Marcos, TX, because I worked there for awhile and they've been around longer than anybody in the greater Austin area. I love Amoeba Records in San Francisco, but I have to have a little talk with myself before I go in because within 5 minutes of being inside, I'll have $500 in LPs and CDs stickin' out of my arms and armpits!! There's a cool little place in the basement of The Beachland Tavern in Cleveland. I bought myself a nice slutty Tanya Tucker album in there! heh heh ..." -- Scott H. Biram [Scott's new record, Something's Wrong / Lost Forever, is out May 19.]


"Plaza Records in Carbondale, IL

My home CD store. New & Used music and movies. I HATE going into a record store where the staff is clueless. That is never the case at Plaza. Kim & the staff always know their stuff.

CD Alley in Chapel Hill, NC

Packed so tight with new and used music and movies that it would take a whole day to survey the place. Lesser known titles are in crates beneath the regular stock. Treasure hunting is great in this store.

Waterloo in Austin, TX and Ear X-tacy in Louisville, KY.

Both stores are absolute heaven for music lovers and obscure pop culture junkies everywhere." -- Joe Swank, Bloodshot publicist


"My favorite record store is CD Warehouse in Springfield, MO. Located at Glenstone & Sunshine Ave., it's been a staple in the Springfield music scene for years. The good folks at CD Warehouse are sure to always have the hippest selection of new CDs, as well as a lot of hard to find music DVDs. While I'm not sure I should relay this, they've also (on occasion) sold me a CD the day before it's official release, which I thought was very cool. As a local band, we've always appreciated the special attention that they give to local artists ...they've helped us a good deal over the years and are very kind to allow bands to put up posters, promote shows, etc." -- Brian Roberts, Ha Ha Tonka [Ha Ha Tonka's newest, Novel Songs of the Nouveau South, is out June 16]



I've been in Chicago for the last decade, and I dearly love (and have dropped loads of cash in) all of our excellent local shops- Permanent Records and Laurie's Planet of Sound are near-weekly visits, I used to work at Reckless and can never leave without spending a sizeable portion of paycheck, and Deadwax is right down the street from my house and always manages to have something I didn't know I needed when I walked in.

But for nostalgic and formative reasons, Record Collector has a special place on my LP shelf. Growing up in Iowa, there was a relatively limited number of record stores to pick from, but the 45 minute trek to Iowa City was always well worth it. It was the first place we saw actual, physical punk rock albums that hadn't just been taped from somebody's older brother. It's the place I bought my first Cramps album ("Bad Music for Bad People"), first Jesus Lizard album ("Goat"), first Fugazi album ("Red Medicine"), and discovered bands like the Melvins, Rocket from the Crypt and Reverend Horton Heat.

I remember being shocked the first time I went there at an impressionable 16 years old, realizing you could buy actual LP records from cool bands that weren't just the old, sad Lawrence Welk fare littering the local Salvation Army shelves.

Cheers to you, Record Collector." -- Pete, Bloodshot Retail Wizard


"Car City Records -Detroit/St Clair Shores, MI

Like all great record stores, it is staffed by musicians. Like all great record stores, one walks in there for a journey. If you know what you want and you want nothing else, you'd best go somewhere else. CCR provides hours of trolling joy and anyone who gives a good god damn about music will walk out of there with several records they didn't even know existed, or have previously unknown musical tastes tickled. Edifying, community-based, tedious, exciting." -- Rob, Bloodshot co-owner


"My favorite record store is Amoeba, Hollywood. What the Container Storeis to containers, so is Amoeba to recorded music. The rumors are true, they have everything, and killer in-stores to boot." -- Miles, Bloodshot tour guru


"My favorite record store is Avalanche Records in Glasgow, Scotland. It's like the Scottish version of the untouchable Reckless Records here inChicago. Whenever I'm headed across the pond, I save a ton of money andbinge on rare British records that you could hardly dream of finding inAmerica without ebay. Great Glaswegian rockers work there, they're helpful,and they sell limited release items from local bands. And cute indie girlswith thick accents browse Field Mice records there. I mean COME ON!" -- Elia Einhorn, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir [SYGC returns this summer!]


"B-Side Records, Madison, WI

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where the closest record store was the Sam Goody in the Stratford Square Mall, and when I was older, the greenhouse-turned-Tower Records on Army Trail Rd (though, when I got my license to drive, I would make the occasional drive to the original Record Breakers in Hoffman Estates, where I found Shrimp Boat and Red Red Meat in the bins). But then I moved to Madison for college, and discovered B-Side Records on State Street. Their staff picks on the wall were always spot on and I always looked forward to their "Best of the Year" newsletter (which I dorkishly have from 1997-2001 still tucked away); you knew you were at a good show when you saw one of the staffers in the audience; and if they didn't have a title on hand, they'd order it for you (and often chat you up about it). Whenever I got the nod from the dude behind the counter for that Mekons record I just bought, I felt like the coolest kid on earth." -- JP, Bloodshot publicist