Honorary GATR Molly and I headed out to the Twin Cities for RSD 2015 to get involved in all the vinyl loving action. The first stop we made was of course for one of our favorite record stores, Electric Fetus. Out back at the Fetus today: Glam Doll Donuts (GATR Naomi, Molly, and I LOVE this place), Peace Coffee, Natedogs, and Hola Arepa food trucks will all be there. Brought your child along? They can help recycle old vinyl and even create their own album cover. Live music will be inside the store until 5:00PM. At the Dangerous Man taproom, they will be pouring a “Fetus-Approved Record Store Day beer” and if you show them your receipt from Electric Fetus, you get $1.00 off the beer.
The Electric Fetus was packed full with vinyl enthusiasts. They were numbering people in line for checkout; it was at 85 when we walked in. Finding a parking place was the real challenge for most, but Molly and I were lucky and got a great spot. After trying to keep our self-control and not go vinyl crazy, we decided to go to another one of our most treasured record stores, Cheapo Records.
Cheapo Records is more relaxed and always has great finds; that’s probably why I like it so much. The warehouse-type feel overwhelms you with the great selection and can put you in vinyl/CD heaven. The only RSD I was really interested in was Vampire Weekend “Step” vinyl and they had it. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy it due to my upcoming summer trip. I saw a lot of RSD goodies there, like, Temples, Young The Giant, and Noel Gallagher.
Those were the only two record stores we were at today, but Minneapolis/St. Paul had many more with great deals and live music. For instance, Eclipse Records in St. Paul are having DJs there until 5:00PM and food from Neato’s Burgers and Café Racer. At Roadrunner Records, they will be doing $2.00 LP sidewalk sale, and you can grab a grilled hotdog while you’re there too. Hymie’s Vintage Records are setting up many crates full of free records on 39th Avenue. Frattallone’s Ace Hardware are offering kid friendly activities across the street from Hymie’s and Peppers & Fries will be providing burgers, burritos, and beer. There are still plenty more record stores and deals going around the Twin Cities area.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Record Store Day was a great amount of fun for those who could get out and go. Whether you brought home a haul of records, or just a few, the day was still memorable.