This Saturday is Record Store Day (RSD), which began in 2007 as a way to celebrate (and draw business to) independent, brick-and-mortar record shops all over the globe. In the Cincinnati area, four longtime record shops with loyal fanbases will officially participate — Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge, Shake It Records in Northside, Mole's Record Exchange in Clifton Heights and Phil's Music & Memories in Cold Spring, Ky.
The local shops usually do it up big for RSD. At Everybody's Records, you can listen to live music (including a 2 p.m. acoustic set from Jody Stapleton and Brandon Losacker of Jody Stapleton and the Generals) and DJing (from local Reggae DJ squad Queen City Imperial Soundsystem at 5 p.m.) throughout your RSD adventuring at the store.
At Shake It, Grammy-winning (for his work on Dr. John's last album) rocker Brian Olive performs at 6 p.m., while Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker of Wussy play at 8 p.m. Shake It is offering a 10 percent discount on purchases for anyone bringing non-perishable food items for Churches Active in Northside's Choice Food Pantry.
Shake It's "record label" branch is also getting in on the RSD fun, putting out a pair of new, limited, exclusive releases by a couple of local music giants. Saturday at the shop, you'll be able to pick up a live vinyl album featuring a performance at Shake It by The Greenhornes more than a decade ago. The Live at Shake It Records 2001 LP featuring 14 tracks representing the band's first three albums (one song was previously released by the label on a 7-inch in 2002, but it went out of print instantly). Shake It will also release an EP of songs by Walker and Cleaver — a.k.a. Wussy Duo, which plays when the full band is not available. The CD features seven tracks from the slimmed-down lineup.
Area Rock trio Buffalo Killers will have a new EP available for RSD. The band — which will play a free release party Friday at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine — is releasing the six-track EP, Ohio Grass, on "Herb Green"-colored, 12-inch vinyl for RSD.