Giveaways Galore! Get Pumped For Record Store Day!


For music lovers, there is something undeniably magical about record stores.  Who among us hasn’t spent hours among the racks of dusty vinyl and squeaky plastic eagerly waiting for our scanning fingers to land on the next great album to change our lives?  That precious experiences of physically of holding an album in your hands and exploring the artwork up close are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare in the digital age.  It’s time to step away from the computer and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of classic record stores.  This Saturday, music fans around the world will honor those wonderfully hip havens of aural discovery of with Record Store Day!

We’re fortunate to have a variety of record stores right here in Madison to satisfy our never ending demands for tuneage.  In addition to hosting their own unique celebrations to mark the upcoming event, B-Side Records, MadCity Music Exchange, and The Exclusive Company are all offering special prizes to YOU–True Endeavors blog readers!

How can you win? All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post sharing a record store memory.  Have you ever made an unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime find while sifting through the piles?  Do you remember your first musical purchase?  Ever worked behind the counter?  Tell us all about it!  We’ll pick 3 winners at noon this Friday and notify them of their prizes.

And just what are these fabulous prizes, exactly?  You could win Stereolab’s double vinyl LP Chemical Chords, with a free download card (courtesy of B-Side Records), a $10 gift certificate (courtesy of MadCity Music Exchange), or a collection of promo CDs (courtesy of The Exclusive Company).

B-Side Records (436 State St):  buskers performing outside the store all day, sales, goodie bags, Record Store Day new releases

MadCity Music Exchange (600 Williamson St): live music from 10am to 5pm, sales, drawings for prizes, goodie bags, Record Store Day new releases

The Exclusive Company (508 State St): live music from 11 am to 9 pm, giveaways, food/drinks, G. Love in-store signing, sales, Record Store Day new releases

HUGE thanks to these three terrific Madison record stores for all the hard work they do on a daily basis (Madison music lovers are forever in your debt) and for offering prizes for our exclusive giveaway!  We hope you’ll all take the time to enjoy their celebrations this Saturday and return frequently!

–Shelley Peckham

7 Responses

  1. I’d like free tickets to the Maria Taylor? Pleez.

  2. Who has two thumbs and wants free tickets to the Girlyman show? THIS GUY!!!!

  3. While I’m at it I’ll put my hat in the ring for the Greatlakes Swimmers show. Pleez.

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  5. While in Madison for the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association State Tournament back in 1989 I wandered into B-Side Records and found a cassette recommended by a friend: Trip Shakespeare’s _Are You Shakesperienced?_. Didn’t dig it at first, but shortly after saw Trip live, and my life was changed. Other amazing B-Side purchases: my first-ever Velvet Underground album (s/t); all the Tar Babies I could find; Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians; Hoodoo Gurus; Drive-By Truckers. I won’t be going to Madison for the WHSFA tournament for the first time in ages this year (I’m now a coach) and am bummed to miss Record Store Day!

  6. I remember being extremely excited to find the first solo album from former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher at Mad City years ago in the dollar bin. I was so wowed I tried to make some conversation with the clerk (maybe Dave Zero) about it, and he totally thought (rightfully) I was nuts. The album was named “Journey’s End” and I said something like “I’ve been looking for this for a while – do you know who Fisher is?” and he looked at it and said – “Uh, Journey’s Matthew Fisher?” Completely embarrasing memory now.

  7. Thanks for your responses guys! These are great stories. The contest is now closed, but we’d love to hear more of your favorite record store experiences. Post away! Winners will be notified via e-mail.

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