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Vinyl Fever: Record Store Day is Nigh

Spin the black circle with our guide to local happenings.

If you're a vinyl junkie, it's time to start thinking about cloning yourself.  

Saturday is Record Store Day, and the local purveyors of new, used and rare musical goodness have unboxed treasure troves of limited releases for the annual event. 

Many of the special, one-time releases will go quick, so area stores will open early to accommodate savvy collectors. For the rest of us, local store owners have planned a wealth of special events, from in-store performances to concert ticket giveaways. Here's a look what's happening: 

, 239 Harrison St. in Oak Park
The venerable Harrison Street shop will open 10 a.m. Saturday. Everything in the store —  new and used in all formats — will be on sale, excluding the special Record Store Day releases. 

An in-store performance from Jim Haptonstahl and Friends begins at 1 p.m.

"They'll play a very wide range of familiar material, Beatles to Stones to Simon and Garfunkel, a whole cross section of rock and folk," said owner Val Camilletti.  "He'll play until he feels tired of playing. That could be 7 p.m. We close at 7 p.m." 

, 179 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park
Owner Alan Heffelfinger opens the door on special deals at 10 a.m. Discounts will likely include "a couple dollars off on CDs or a dollar off vinyl over $4.99."

As for the special Record Store Day limited edition releases, Heffelfinger said he plans to impose a purchasing limit for the first hour — an effort to reward his loyal customers and to fend off "one guy coming in here and going to town." 

The Old School Records, 7446 W. Madison in Forest Park
They'll open at 10 a.m. with 25 percent off budget CDs, budget LPs, all 12" singles and all cassettes. In-store performances include: 

F. Patrick Kevil —  11 a.m. to noon
Sonorama (DJ set) — noon to 3 p.m.
Morris Mills & Friends — 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Soul Clap (DJ set) — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cyklopx Records, 7511 W. Madison St. in Forest Park
If contests for Arcade Fire tickets and autographed posters and giveaways of free donuts and coffee aren't enough to get you into the store, maybe the sweet sounds of Chicago's booty-shaking soul revival act J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound will. They perform in the store at 1 p.m.

The store has also confirmed on its website some of the special limited releases they'll have in stock Saturday, including music from The Black Keys, Phish, Iggy & The Stooges, Mumford & Sons, Yeasayer and Velvet Underground. 

Rob Lambert August 30, 2011 at 02:32 AM
I loved Record Store Day this year in Chicago. I personally visited EIGHT Chicago Record Stores! (Love vinyl and want so hunt down record stores with good vinyl selection? Go here: http://wax.fm/find_records_in_your_city/Chicago/IL )

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