Record Store Day will soon be upon us, and if there's one day of the year to go visit a local, independent record store, it's this Saturday. Though most of the focus come RSD is on the exclusive, official pressings up for sale, those exclusives can be difficult for record stores to bid for, so stores know better than to put all their eggs in one basket.
That's a great thing, because it means stores plan a plethora of ways to celebrate RSD, from discounts and store-wide deals to parties and performances. There's so much going on this RSD, and you don't even have to be a huge vinyl head to enjoy it all. Bandwagon reached out to a bunch of local record shops to find out how they were celebrating RSD – check it all out below (listed in alphabetical order).
The Analog Vault
The Analog Vault
Address: #02-13, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue
Opening Hours: 1 to 9pm daily
The Analog Room
Address: #02-10, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue
Opening Hours: 1 to 9pm daily
The Analog Vault are bringing in a carefully selected list of titles for RSD that will focus on jazz and hip-hop, with a handful of indie and alternative records thrown into the mix. The RSD exclusives include two records from Grant Green, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. All RSD releases will be available on a first come first served basis, with no possibilities of prior reservations.
Both The Analog Vault and The Analog Room will be running a store-wide discount of 15% on all titles except RSD 2018 releases. There will also be complimentary drinks for purchasing customers at The Analog Room's bar, pending stock.
Find The Analog Vault on Facebook here.
The Barbershop Music
Address: 311A Geylang Road, Singapore 389350
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm, closed on Sun
The Barbershop Music is celebrating RSD this year by throwing a party at The Panic Room (311A Geylang Road) complete with live music from Moods, Sherene's Closet – who have reunited for new music since their heyday in the 90s – and the Geylang Ska Syndicate. Entry is free and patrons will get Fred Perry's exclusive Record Store Day tote bags designed by local and international illustrators with every record purchase made at The Barbershop Music.
Find The Barbershop Music on Facebook here.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
Address: 451 Joo Chiat Road, #01-07 Katong Point
Opening Hours: Sun, Tues-Thurs 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 11pm, closed on Mon
A quaint record store and coffee place, Choice Cuts was founded by the DJs from Matteblacc for lovers of funk and soul music. They will be celebrating RSD with Digger's Delight, an evening of performances by DJs and selectors playing mostly vinyl sets. Genres will range from funk, soul, jazz to hip hop. On the lineup are Tina Edwards from EZH magazine and Worldwide FM, Ruud and CT Selecta from Public School, and Choice Cut Crew's very own DJs Arms1, 2Sweet and MZA.
The store is also collaborating with Fred Perry to give out free tote bags and scratch cards for every record purchase.
Find Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee on Facebook here.
Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #1-53, Singapore 160055
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 1 to 8pm, closed on Mon
Here's one for the alternative music lovers - Curated Records is an independent record store that stocks a range of hole-in-the-wall titles from all over the world, on top of an impressive selection of contemporary pop records. Speak to the store's knowledgeable owner Tremon if you need a recommendation – he single-handedly curates the records and will gladly pick out the ones that suit your tastes best, whether you're a collector or vinyl newbie.
Curated Records will be having a store-wide sale on RSD, and are giving away tote bags, record frames, vinyl music books and apparel vouchers.
Find Curated Records on Facebook here.
Address: #01-39 Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189649
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 7.30pm, Sat 11am to 7pm, Sun 12 to 6pm
Address: Blk 5 Banda Street, #01-98, Singapore 050005
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am to 7.30pm, Sun 12 to 6pm
If Hear Records wasn’t already a crate digger’s paradise, it certainly will be come Saturday. This RSD from 11am onwards, both outlets of Hear Records (at Bencoolen and Chinatown) will unleash a new trove of used vinyl – more than 3,000 records worth. Discovery is an integral part of vinyl culture, and Hear Records will be the place to find something new this weekend.
Mosta Records LP
Address: 3 Coleman Street, #02-21, Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 12.30 to 7pm, Fri 2 to 7pm, Sat 12.30 to 7pm, Sun 1 to 6pm
RSD will go down a little differently at Mosta Records LP this year. RSD exclusive titles will not be presented separate of usual stock, but mixed in with everything else throughout the store.
“Who finds it gets it,” Mosta boss Azri Ali told Bandwagon. “It’s a treasure hunt.” All RSD titles will be discounted and the full list of exclusives available at Mosta – some of which have already been teased on social media – will be revealed on Friday.
The discount on RSD titles is part of a larger storewide sale just like the store’s anniversary sale last December, where special items like box sets will also be discounted. Mosta will also have its own RSD offers such as Amy Winehouse’s Caribbean Collection Ska & Reggae Classics and a limited edition of The Clash’s Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg.
Find Mosta Records LP on Facebook here.
Address: Golden Mile Tower, #02-41, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Opening Hours: Fri-Sat 5 to 10pm, closed Sun-Thurs
An underground favourite, Ravage Records stocks the best and darkest extreme metal has to offer. The shop is owned by a gregarious gentleman named Khaal, who also leads the black metal band Balberith. Besides the rich catalog of metal from all over the world on display at Ravage, Khaal's collection of vintage flags, figurines, first-pressings of classic albums and custom-patched denim jackets is enough to gawk at, if you’re not already busy exchanging knowledge with him.
Ravage Records will be having $5 discounts off every vinyl record in-store on RSD, and if you're lucky enough, you might even be able to grab a copy of Balberith's 2004 demo on wax. Their opening hours this Saturday will also be different – pop in anytime from 3 to 8pm.
Find Ravage Records on Facebook here.
Red Point Record Warehouse
Address: 80 Playfair Road, Blk. B #06-11 Kapo Factory Building, Singapore 367998
Opening Hours: Thurs-Sun 11am to 7pm, closed Mon-Wed
Tucked away on the 6th floor of a factory building is Red Point Record Warehouse, a playground for record collectors. It's slightly out of the way and may be little bit hard to navigate, but well worth the effort. The warehouse was opened 12 years ago by Ong Chai Koon, a carpenter-by-day whose collection has grown to a vast 50,000 records over the years spanning across many genres.
Red Point Record Warehouse is teaming up with Fred Perry this year to giveaway tote bags with every purchase and scratch cards with every $50 spent.
Find Red Point Record Warehouse on Facebook here.
Address: 448A Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427661
Opening Hours: Tues-Thurs 12 to 7pm, Fri-Sat 12 to 8pm, Sun 12 to 5pm, closed on Mon
There will be RSD exclusives at Retrocrates this year. Though the Joo Chiat shop is keeping what they've ordered close to the chest, they have taken to social media to reveal one record they've brought in: a 10-inch record with songs Sufjan Stevens contributed to the critically acclaimed film Call Me By Your Name. Get excited!
Find Retrocrates on Facebook here.
Address: 34 Craig Road, #02-08 Chinatown Plaza, Singapore 089673
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm, closed on Mon & public holidays
Retrophonic Records are one of the biggest players in the game and they have plans for RSD to match. Local singer-songwriter Meiting will kick off the RSD festivities at 10am, and an hour later, 300 special titles will go on sale for a first come first served basis.
These include records from The Cure, Fleet Foxes, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Flaming Lips, Jimi Hendrix, The National, Eric Clapton, Steve Sujan, Linkin Park, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, U2, Madonna, Daughter, The Sundays, Rage Against The Machine, Duran Duran, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Phoenix and many more.
10% discounts will be available for non-RSD titles throughout the day with a section of the store dedicated to bargain items, in which all used vinyl will go for $5. At 2pm, Retrophonic will also play host to the official launch of Mobile Fidelity equipment in Singapore, including turntables, phono preamplifiers, cartridges and accessories.
Find Retrophonic Records on Facebook here.
Roxy Disc House
Jalan Pemimpin Outlet
Address: 39 Jalan Pemimpin, #01-03, Singapore 577182
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1 to 7pm, closed on Sun & public holidays
Address: 1 Coleman Street, #03-42 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1 to 7pm, closed on Sun & public holidays
Roxy Disc House now has two branches, the original at The Adelphi, and a new one at Jalan Pemimpin. The former stocks new and reissued titles, records and CDs, while the latter stocks both used and old vinyl.
The store will be bringing in RSD 2018 titles and partnering with Fred Perry to giveaway scratch cards with purchases above $50 in a single receipt and exclusive tote bags to the first 20 customers to purchase a vinyl.
Find Roxy Disc House on Facebook here.
Roxy Records & Trading
Address: 5 Coleman Street, #02-15 Excelsior Shopping Centre, Singapore 179805
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12 to 9pm, closed on Sun & public holidays
Roxy Records is amongst the oldest of record stores in Singapore, having been around for more than 50 years. Back in the 60's and 70's, they even ran the Teochew Opera label 'Precious Urn Records' that produced cassettes and 7-inches of Teochew opera and Mandopop musicians. Here you can find both old vintage and new vinyl, including a great collection of hard-to-find records.
The store will be partnering with Fred Perry to giveaway tote bags and scratch cards and Fred Perry discount vouchers.
Find Roxy Records & Trading on Facebook here.
Address: Textile Centre, #04-16, 200 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199018
Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 3 to 8pm, closed Mon-Tues
Surface Noise will be celebrating its second anniversary this year which coincides with RSD and as such, they have something special in store for this weekend. Surface Noise will be playing host to a party featuring four DJs, each playing a different style of music ranging from Malay dldies and disco to Thai and even hard rock. The DJ party will be a double celebration in honour of RSD and Surface Noise's anniversary.
Discounts of up to $20 on selected titles, new & used will run through RSD until 30 April.
Find Surface Noise on Facebook here.
Address: 1 Coleman Street, The Adelphi, #B1-41, Singapore 179803
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 12 to 8pm, Sat 1 to 7pm, closed on Sun
Vinylicious will be bringing in a carefully selected list of RSD exclusives this year. While no titles have been revealed yet, it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on their Facebook page: they've already shared a photo highlighting several titles they requested for the day including David Bowie's self-titled record, Let's Dance (Demo), Now, Welcome To The Blackout and more.
They will also be throwing a free, '80s themed party called Retrospective at Flagship on Bukit Pasoh Road. DJ BKT will be playing a ton of '80s hits from the likes of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Culture Club and more, and the party will run from 8pm to 2am.
Find Vinylicious on Facebook here.
Address: 5 Coleman Street, B1-28, Excelsior Shopping Centre, Singapore 179805
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12 to 7pm, Sat 12 to 8pm, closed on Sun & public holidays
Kakis of Vinyl Kakis (sorry) will enjoy a store-wide 20% discount on all vinyl and CDs, with the exception of Audio Technica turntables and accessories, as well as local musicians' offerings. As a participating store in Fred Perry's RSD promotions, they'll also be offering tote bags and scratch cards to go with every record purchase.
Find Vinyl Kakis on Facebook here.