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C-U gets ready to celebrate Record Store Day with three great local stores

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How serendipitous is it that Record Store Day falls on 4/20 this year? Music and cannabis consumption go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it feels appropriate to partake a bit (perhaps a gummy made in Illinois?) before heading out on the town to find that vinyl gem your collection has been missing. There will be no shortage of the exclusive LPs available in Champaign-Urbana as we have three fine record stores to patronize on this special day. There are many exclusive Record Store Day releases available at all three stores, but be prepared to compete with an army of teenage girls for the Noah Kahan and Olivia Rodrigo collab 7″ single, as well as wrestling with the oldsters for rare exclusives from Talking Heads, David Bowie, Siouxsie and the Banshees and many, many more. Check out the Record Store Day web site for the complete list of what vinyl may be available for purchase this Saturday. All three stores open at 7 a.m. sharp this Saturday, so be there early for the good stuff.

See You CD and Vinyl gears up for its 9th Annual Record Store Day with the doors opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday. For the early birds, this event promises a treasure trove of limited edition RSD Exclusives featuring top artists, with the first 10 in line securing up to 5 guaranteed picks. This is a day when vinyl enthusiasts can indulge in an extensive collection of used records, freshly processed for the event. Highlights include a no-holds-barred approach with a strict one-copy-per-customer rule, making the hunt for rare vinyl even more thrilling. Plus, the first ten lucky customers will walk away with $25 gift cards, adding a cherry on top of this vinyl collector’s dream day.

Record Swap in Lincoln Square Mall stands as a beacon for music lovers in downtown Urbana, celebrating over 40 years of bringing quality music to the Champaign-Urbana area. Record Swap will have a wide array of Record Store Day exclusives as well as their standard fare out outstanding vinyl available. Specializing in a vast array of genres from imports to U.S. indies and a strong showing in rock, jazz, blues, soul, and world music, Record Swap prides itself on its extensive collection of LPs, used CDs, and tapes. The store’s long-standing reputation is built on offering quality music at reasonable prices, making it a local staple for both seasoned collectors and new explorers of the vinyl scene.

Exile on Main Street, nestled in the heart of downtown Champaign, offers a diverse range of musical flavors spanning Rock, Jazz, R&B/Soul, and more, catering to an eclectic audience since 2004. Not just a record store, Exile on Main Street also features vintage video games and various old print media, providing a nostalgic dive into entertainment past. This Record Store Day, Exile will have many popular and anticipated RSD releases available (check out their IG). Exile on Main Street also aims to enhance the shopping experience with live music performances scheduled throughout the day, featuring local talents both inside and outside the store, turning the event into a vibrant festival of music and community engagement. Here is their schedule:


12:30 p.m. – Mid-October
1:30 p.m. – Anika Emily
2:30 p.m. – Seth Anders
3:30 p.m. – Jake Fava


1 p.m. Squirrel Movement
2 p.m. Aunt Hattie
3 p.m. Modern Drugs (Vinyl for sale)
4 p.m. the Simpsons
5 p.m. Terminus Victor (Vinyl for sale)

See You CD and Vinyl
123 W. Main St
Sa Apr 20th, 7 a.m.

Record Swap
119 Lincoln Square Mall
Sa Apr 20th, 7 a.m.

Exile on Main Street
100 N Chestnut St #120
Sa Apr 20th, 7 a.m.

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