WBEZ | Record Store Day http://www.wbez.org/tags/record-store-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Why vinyl records are important http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/why-vinyl-records-are-important-106706 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/628x471.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px; " title="John Cusack in the Chicago-filmed adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel, &quot;High Fidelity.&quot; (Touchstone Pictures)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">At last, the wait is over. Tomorrow is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/CustomPage/614" target="_blank">Record Store Day</a>, an annual celebration of independent record stores with new releases, special shows and giveaways galore.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Held every third Saturday in April since 2007 (and ironically falling on <a href="http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/04/17/record-store-day-is-april-20" target="_blank">4/20</a> this year), RSD has often been described as &quot;Christmas for audiophiles.&quot; Dreams of finding those perfect limited-edition LPs and <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/50371-the-top-45-releases-of-record-store-day-2013/" target="_blank">45 RPM singles</a> dance like sugar plums in our heads; until that magical day finally arrives and we can no longer contain our excitement. We rush out to our favorite stores in the wee morning hours, spending way too much money on vinyl that comes but once a year. But as we gaze down at our large hauls, overwhelmed with that indescribable feeling of reverance mixed with pure joy, we know that every dollar spent was worth it.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">My first boyfriend introduced me to records. I would curl up next to him as we listened to<i>&nbsp;</i>Bob Dylan&#39;s<em> <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/blood-on-the-tracks-mw0000189846" target="_blank">Blood on the Tracks</a></em>, Neutral Milk Hotel&#39;s <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-the-aeroplane-over-the-sea-mw0000032195" target="_blank"><em>In the Aeroplane of the Sea</em></a>&nbsp;and a cavalcade of other treasures that made my heart swell when I heard them for the first time. But as I&#39;ve moved on from him (and picked up new records along the way), I feel like they belong to me now. They speak to me in words that only I can understand, and touch me in ways that nobody else can feel quite so achingly, intimately. I hold them in my hands and know that they are mine; and when I play them on my sacred little turntable, the rest of the world falls away.&nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Record-Store-Day-2013.jpg" style="float: right; height: 244px; width: 320px; " title="The official logo for Record Store Day 2013 (RecordStoreDay.com)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Vinyl records are important because they represent the enduring power of analog in a digital world. They are beautiful works of art, lovingly rendered and unselfishly provided. They wait for us in those time-honored record shops, reminding us to support the independent businesses who give us more than we could ever repay them.</p><p>But ultimately, vinyl is about bringing people together. From the record makers and manufacturers to the local shops who barely turn a profit to give back to their communties every day, we are all working together to keep the integrity of music alive and well for future generations.&nbsp;</p><p>RSD is a nationwide event, but Chicago is perhaps the number one city outside of Nashville to celebrate the occasion. Our long list of independent record stores includes <a href="http://www.logan-hardware.com" target="_blank">Logan Hardware</a>, <a href="http://sakistore.net" target="_blank">Saki</a>, <a href="http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/news.php" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a>, <a href="http://www.dustygroove.com" target="_blank">Dusty Groove</a>, <a href="http://valshallarecords.com" target="_blank">Val&#39;s Halla Records</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://lauriesplanetofsound.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Laurie&#39;s Planet of Sound</a>, <a href="http://www.davesrecordschicago.com" target="_blank">Dave&#39;s Records</a>, <a href="https://www.vvmo.com" target="_blank">Vintage Vinyl</a>, <a href="http://www.gramaphonerecords.com" target="_blank">Gramaphone Records</a>; and of course, the long-beloved <a href="http://www.reckless.com" target="_blank">Reckless Records</a> stores on Broadway, Madison and Milwaukee. A list of RSD events can be found on their websites,&nbsp;along with special releases and promos that each store will be offering on the day.&nbsp;</p><p>And now, I will leave you with 2013 Record Store Day Ambassador Jack White, explaining how vinyl records are made:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/etxYxIfDhXc" width="620"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>How do you plan to celebrate Record Store Day this year? Leave a comment below, send me a tweet <a href="https://twitter.com" target="_blank">@leahkpickett </a>or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/why-vinyl-records-are-important-106706 The Weekly Guide: Permanent Records' Liz Tooley rock out the weekend http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-15/weekly-guide-permanent-records-liz-tooley-rock-out-weekend-85225 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/Record Store Flckr Dan Morgridge.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Saturday many music fans will be rummaging through the bins for <a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home" target="_blank">Record Store Day</a>. Local shops have big plans to entertain and remind people that vinyl is not dead!<br> <br> Liz Tooley doesn’t need the yearly reminder. She’s the co-owner of <a href="http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/news.php" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a> in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood. She discussed her rocking weekend plans as part of <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide" target="_blank"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.</p><p><br> <strong>Liz's List:<br> FRIDAY:</strong><br> At 10 pm: Zola Jesus and Cult of Youth play the <a href="http://www.emptybottle.com/home.php" target="_blank">Empty Bottle</a><br> Extra Special Midnight Sale (12:01am) at <a href="http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/news.php" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a><br> <br> <strong>SATURDAY:</strong><br> Earth Day Clean-up Celebration going on in <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/events.detail/object_id/304e6a24-325a-405c-b330-c26994124b33/instance_object_id/fabd0334-c8f3-491b-992a-c66f7a844f2e/park/3A5DC0F3-2FEF-44E8-B99B-1487EAC9D1D2.cfm" target="_blank">Humboldt Park</a><br> <br> At 8 pm: <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/event/34389/" target="_blank">Tutu and the Pirates are playing the Double Door</a> with The Goblins and Nones<br> <strong>SUNDAY:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/exh_detail.php?id=260" target="_blank"><em>Without You I'm Nothing</em> exhibition</a> at the MCA<br> <br> Trip to <a href="http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/" target="_blank">Garfield Park Conservatory</a><br> &nbsp;</p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story.<br> <br> An earlier version of this story stated that the Zola Jesus show was scheduled for Saturday, April 16. The show was on Friday, April 15.</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-15/weekly-guide-permanent-records-liz-tooley-rock-out-weekend-85225