The Ultimate 2015 Dallas Record Store Day Guide
At Record Store Day, come for the records and stay for the party. We insist.
Ah, Record Store Day. Can't you just feel it in the air? The fresh-pressed vinyl, the excitement of exclusive releases, the pitter-patter of feet scurrying across a storeroom floor? It only comes once a year, an annual armistice between the hi-fi purists and the tepid collectors. The perfect blend of celebrating local business and indulging the mirth of collecting music. And if you've been counting down the days on your Jack White-themed calendar, you'll know it's just around the corner. The question is, how should you plot out your day at Dallas' record stores? We got you covered.
Regardless of whether or not you've bought a ticket for the vinyl hype express, Dallas is set to be engulfed in a record ruckus for the entirety of this Saturday. In an attempt to guide you through this wonderland, we've wrangled up the set lists and highlights from DFWs premiere record shops (sans CD Source, rest in peace) to give you a groove to settle in. We'd recommend starting bright and early if you're trying to score exclusives; but if you're just in it for the party, feel free to sleep in a bit since these events are going to keep spinning long into the night.
Good Records 1808 Greenville Ave., Dallas
This year, Good Records is celebrating its 15th year in business in conjunction with Record Store Day. Which can only mean one thing: Starting at 10 a.m., it's going to be positively bumping on Lower Greenville. The massive line-up features 15 bands and more than 15 local guest DJs, including Deep Ellum fixtures Gavin Mulloy and Scott Beggs, Central Track's Pete Freedman and the Observer's Wanz Dover and Jeff Gage.
If you're more excited for the bands than the people who book or write about them (which I mean, fine, whatever), then make sure to catch OK GO, Sixteen Deluxe, Party Static, Daniel Markham and... everyone, really. The bill is outstanding; every hour on the hour there'll be something happening, and in between the barrage of music you can get super-exclusive, first-press RSD cookies or a flower crown from various Lower Greenville businesses. Whether you're in it for the long haul or making it a pit stop, Good Records will be as essential to Record Store Day as it is to Dallas itself.
11 a.m.: Spyche and the Mega Rock All Stars Noon: Chris Stapleton 1 p.m.: Goodnight Ned 2 p.m.: OK GO 3 p.m.: Steve Earle 4 p.m.: Pleasant Grove 5 p.m.: Daniel Markham 6 p.m.: Pageantry 7 p.m.: Moon Waves 8 p.m.: Moth Face 9 p.m.: John Congleton and the Nighty Nite 9 p.m.: iill 10 p.m.: Party Static 11 p.m.: Sixteen Deluxe Midnight: Derek Rogers
Josey Records 2821 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Ste 100, Dallas
If you're into partying at a warehouse -- and you should be -- then cozy up with vinyl shrine (shrinyl?) Josey Records to celebrate in style. Featuring an all-star, local-talent-studded lineup, food, drinks and special releases to boot, Josey makes a run at being one of Dallas' essential shops for doing up RSD right.
Noon: Reinventing Jude 1 p.m.:Nervous Curtains 1:00 1:45 p.m.: Kaela Sinclair 2:30 p.m.: The Cush 3:30 p.m.: Koolquise 4:10 p.m.: Rat Rios 4:50 p.m.: The Black Dotz 5:40 p.m.: Topic 6:20 p.m.: Sam Lao 7:00 p.m.: Blue, The Misfit 7:45 p.m.: Jessie Frye 8:30 p.m.: Foley
Mad World Records 115 W. Hickory St., Denton
Keeping it understated and simple as only Denton can (that makes sense, right?), Mad World will be foregoing live-band performances to offer guest DJ sets and a plethora of RSD exclusive releases. Though the specific offerings are not yet listed, the Mad World curators have assured us that they'll have what you need. And if they don't, you can always double down by heading across the town's square to Recycled Books to take full advantage of their 20-percent discount, easing the financial burden of feeding your budding record addiction.
Spinster Records 829 W Davis St., Dallas
As the new kid on the Bishop Arts block, Spinster, celebrating its first RSD since setting up shop, has a lot to prove. But if their grand-opening party proved anything, it's that these Oak Cliff cats know how to get down. Expect boatloads of new vinyl, a smattering of live music appearances and sets by DJ Sober and Kirk Thurmond. Stay tuned, though, as the store plans to announce more performances as the Holy Day draws near.
Dead Wax Records 1111 S Main St #1208, Carrollton
No flash, no frills: Dead Wax is putting together an event for the purist collectors. There won't be bands, beer or food; but if you're looking to add to your record crate, the Dead Wax debonaires will be providing a no-nonsense point of entry to the lush world of RSD exclusives. To keep records from getting poached (and hopefully maintain some semblance of civility in the process) they're ensuring that each patron can only buy one copy of each record, lest some nefarious grifter tries to buy 20 copies and sell them later. This is basically Christmas for vinyl junkies; have some respect, people.
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