This might come as surprise, but today is National Record Store Day. It is a day of celebration for independent record stores. We like to support anything that encourages people to buy local. There are going to be sales, special editions and reissues. Stores customize their own events, and RSD organizers help by assisting with artist appearances and events for the stores, creating free goods for the stores who fully participate, and helping to coordinate the hundreds of exclusive releases for the outlets. Vinyl is making a comeback. It’s not a strange occurrence for a friend to show off their brand new, or refurbished record player, and sit around switching records as the night wheres on. Here is a list of places to check out around Detroit.
Peoples Records is what I imagined every record store looked like before I started going to record stores. Crates and crates of vinyl for the most passionate of collectors to peruse through. Prepare to be enlightened.
4100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
If you’re looking for more then just vinyl, be prepared to also check out the vintage clothing over at Detroit Threads. Their selection of music spans many (pop, punk, techno, rock, soul and more), so there’s a good chance you’ll find something you like.
10238 Joseph Campau St.
Hello Records has a pretty solid selection of genres, on top of decent prices. The staff is more then happy to help you if you need to find anything in particular. Local DJ’s will be playing all day at Hello Records with refreshments for those that browse the aisles.
1459 Bagley St.
Street Corner Music
Street Corner Music is a hidden gem with lots of character. They have a great selection of R&B and jazz vinyl. Keep yourself caffeinated here on Record Store Day with fresh coffee at 9AM.
Oak Park, MI
Found Sound is one of those record stores where you can strike up a conversation with the staff about almost any type of music. Relaxed and friendly, this unique neighborhood store will be open late with a free live concert at 8pm.
234 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Melodies & Memories
Packed wall to wall with records, and a favorite shop of J Dilla, Melodies & Memories is a mom and pop shop that has been around Eastpointe since 1988.
23103 Gratiot Ave,
Nestled above the Green Brain Comics shop you will find Stormy Records. A great place to go to if you are searching for more uncommon vinyl. Their staff is knowledgable and super friendly.
13936 Michigan Ave.,
Flipside Records is like if FYE didn’t suck. Records, CDs, cassette tapes, laser discs, DVDs, you’ll find a little bit of everything here. 20% off all used products, including CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games and vinyl.
41 E. Fourteen Mile Road
This is about the only place you can get a reel of quarter inch tape around these parts. Dearborn Music will be celebrating record store day with a 20% off sale on all vinyl including over 370 RSD titles and unveiling an additional 2,000 square feet of space full of new and used vinyl.
22501 Michigan Ave.
UHF is a modest sized store with an expansive selection of vinyl. Great place to stop in when you’re out and about in downtown Royal Oak.
512 S Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI
Weirdsville Records is a great place to find super obscure and hard to find vinyl. Spend more then $75 and and you’ll be walking out with a RSD t-shirt. 20% off of all used vinyls, cassettes, DVDs and CDs.
61 Macomb Place,
Mt. Clemens, MI
Solo Records & Tapes
Solo Records has a great selection of music, and the staff is more then willing to help you find it. Within this welcoming atmosphere is a variety of different media and a great assortment of stereo equipment.
30118 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI
There are approximately 400 exclusive RSD releases created for the US market. The list is extensive and diverse, ensuring that stores and customers can choose the special releases of most interest to them. Be sure to check out the entire list over at Record Store Day’s official website.
There’s definitely more record stores that can be added to this list. What are your favorite ones?