The tenth annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22, and whether you’re an eBay peruser, an audio purist or just someone looking for something to tastefully decorate your new California Avenue loft with, there are multiple events in Logan Square to suit your needs.
Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles
For exclusive Record Store Day releases in the neighborhood, Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles (3156 W. Diversey Ave.) has you covered. Bric-a-Brac is opening its doors at 8:00 a.m., so if you’re among the thousands dying to get their hands on a reissued 7” of Dolly Parton’s “Puppy Love,” you’ll want to wake up bright and early. If that sounds daunting, refreshments will be provided by locals Halfwit Coffee and Doughnut Vault, and a vegan pastry option will be available for those who want to brave the dawn while salving their conscience. Bric-a-Brac is partnering with neighboring tiki bar Lost Lake as well, who will open at noon and host live DJs including Brian Carrizosa, a Bric-a-Brac employee involved in coordinating the event with local businesses.
“As someone who’s been lucky enough to be here about a year now, it’s always felt like a collaborative store,” Carrizosa said. “This is definitely going to be in that spirit.”
The free, day-long event will also feature live sets from Staring Problem, Roman Polanski’s Baby (from Nashville), Bev Rage and the Drinks, Evil Triplet (from Austin), and L.I.A.R., starting in the afternoon.
Logan Hardware Records
Local favorite Logan Hardware Records (2532 W. Fullerton Ave.) is taking a slightly different approach, as they’ll be forgoing Record Store Day’s exclusive releases in favor of specially bundled packs of their current stock, coupons to lure in new customers and a set from Dark Fog, an artist featured on the store’s very own Logan Hardware Records. Owner John Ciba says he wants to provide a Record Store Day experience that will cater to a wider audience than just collectors shuffling out of stores with an armful of exclusive picture discs.
“We’re not going to have people jumping over each other to get the Africa-shaped Toto disc,” Ciba said, referring to a Sony Legacy re-release of the 1982 single “Africa” by soft rock legends Toto. “We’re going to try to make it as fun and as normal as possible, and do things that will keep people coming back.”
Logan Hardware will be open for their regular hours on Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Dark Fog will be performing a 7:00 p.m. set.
Last is a favorite pizza joint of Logan Square, Boiler Room (2210 N California Ave.) The bar and restaurant is pulling out all the stops this weekend, hosting in collaboration with Pabst Brewing Co. a pizza brunch that will feature a pop-up store by Chicago’s Feeltrip Records. The bar is providing a free PBR with an RSVP, banking on the remote possibility that Logan Square boasts a sizeable contingent that enjoys beer, pizza and local music.
Feeltrip won’t just be selling their own artists’ records; they’ll also be offering a collection of used house and disco records to promote their new dance-oriented imprint Reptilian Traxx, which hosts a dance night at Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.) every third Thursday of the month.
The event will also feature brunch-appropriate acoustic sets by Matthew Alfano & Michael Vinopal, The Shades and A Friend Called Fire. There’s no cover, and it begins at noon.