Consider it Black Friday for High Fidelity fans. Music collectors and connoisseurs will queue up long before the doors open on Saturday for the seventh annual Record Store Day, an international celebration of mom-and-pop vinyl retailers.
Consider it Black Friday for High Fidelity fans.
Music collectors and connoisseurs will queue up long before the doors open on Saturday for the seventh annual Record Store Day, an international celebration of mom-and-pop vinyl retailers.
"It's our busiest day," said Kyle Siegrist, whose Lost Weekend Records in the Clintonville neighborhood has participated in the event since its 2008 inception.
"We'll do more business that day than the . . . (total for) any other month."
A year ago, he said, a line of 125 patrons awaited him at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, the cozy shop will serve meals and coffee from a food truck out front - and, to drive foot traffic inside, feature markdowns on its existing stash of used vinyl.
Most buyers, though, arrive in search of both limited-edition reissues and new efforts pressed especially for the occasion.
From Otis Redding to One Direction, commemorative Record Store Day albums are diverse.
Produced in small batches only, such offerings have become a hallmark of the event.
Stores might receive only two or three copies of a sought-after title (which can't be reserved in advance), but the day's overall bounty encompasses hundreds of releases.
"When you can get something you'll never be able to get again, that's awesome," said Raad Shubaily, manager of Magnolia Thunderpussy in the Short North. There, on Record Store Day in 2010, piano-pop rocker Ben Folds popped in to greet shoppers and work the cash register.
Anticipated hot picks include titles by Cake, Devo, Joy Division, LCD Soundsystem, Nirvana, Outkast, R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen.
Area acts also tap into the promotion: Both Lost Weekend and Used Kids Records, the latter a mainstay adjacent to Ohio State University, are pressing their own compilations for Record Store Day.
Pat Dull, a North Side lawyer and longtime guitarist, ponied up $2,500 to fund the anthology Columbusblood; the 12 area bands featured include his own, Betty Machete and the Angry Cougars.
"I hope people will get turned on to bands they've never heard before," said the 47-year-old, who will distribute 500 pressed copies among stores.
Record Store Day is also meant to champion the comforts and character of the stores themselves - potentially foreign places to a new generation used to buying music from iTunes or Amazon.com.
At Used Kids, whose stock includes previously owned turntables, a slate of 13 bands is scheduled to play from noon until well into the night. Free pizza will be on hand, as will store employees ready to help novice customers.
"Young people are seeing their friends get record players, stumbling upon their parents' collections: 'Who's Al Green? I want to hear more of that,'??" employee Lauren Hurd said. "It's pretty cool."
Sales of vinyl records rose 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, encompassing 6 million units. Compact-disc sales, meanwhile, fell 14.5 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
At the vinyl-only Spoonful Records, situated Downtown, owner Brett Ruland on Saturday will tout a stash of goody bags, an on-site T-shirt screen printer and concert-ticket giveaways from PromoWest Productions as extra incentives.
Not that he needs much.
"Everyone's trying to make their store stand out," Ruland said, "but, if the newer artists weren't putting their records on vinyl, you wouldn't have the draw."
For a list of participating stores, visit www.recordstoreday.com.