Greenpoint Preps for Record Store Day (4/20)
Mark it on your iCal, vinyl junkies. Record Store Day is comin’ atcha this Saturday, April 20th, with a bunch of deals, exclusives, and giveaways that you won’t want your turntable to miss out on. For your convenience, I’ve been in cahoots with local record stores to help you plan your attack. Lucky for us, Greenpoint has two key record shops well prepared for the annual event: Permanent Records (181 Franklin Street) and Co-op 87 (87 Guernsey Street), which was recently listed as the best place to shop for records in Brooklyn by New York Magazine. Yeah, Greenpoint!
You’ll likely want to kick your shopping off at Co-op since the store opens at midnight Friday. Yes, you read that right. For the second year in a row the store will open its doors for a full 24 hours in celebration of vinyl. RSD ambassador Jack White would certainly tip his hat to that.
Meanwhile a few blocks north, Permanent Records will be open from 10AM to 8PM. Both shops promise to be stocking up on as many RSD exclusives they can get their hands on. (You can find a full list of those exclusives here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.)
If you’re heading to Permanent Records, manager Matthew Milligan advises an early arrival. “We are expecting a huge turnout and probably a line out the door, so people who have their heart set on specific exclusive titles are strongly encouraged to arrive early!”
In addition to the exclusives, Permanent will also be re-stocking new CDs and LPs and filling sale and discount bins with used titles. Even better, there will be giveaways for the store’s first customers, including tote bags, t-shirts, stickers and LPs. Keep in mind the store won’t be holding items or taking special orders. Milligan says, “It’s first come, first serve.”
Co-op 87 co-owner Ben Steidel encourages everyone to visit all the neighborhood stores on RSD in support of keeping vinyl alive. “Each store will likely have something worth checking out even after all the super-limited titles have sold out.”
And while he advises those on the hunt to shop early, he recommends checking out all the stores have to officer, in addition to the RSD-specific titles. “There are TONS of amazing records out there, and if you’re going to all the stores, you owe it to yourself to browse the whole shop!”
Happy Record Store Day, Greenpointers!