Friday, April 2, 2010

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 7 no 7

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Record Store Day
April 17, 2010

This is the third annual Record Store Day and I’m so proud of how our local record stores have pulled out the stops. In fact I think it’s remarkable how many record stores we have in town. Thanks for supporting them!

Super-exciting news is that Sanuk is going to be included in a limited edition vinyl record that will be sold on Record Store Day. Which is huge! They were one of nine bands chosen from submissions from all over the country for the Record Store Day High School Battle of the Bands. Thanks to Indy CD and Vinyl for championing them. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

One of the great features of Record Store Day is, you guessed it – records! Several recording artists put out limited releases just for the event. And some are crazy-limited, only 500 copies. Each store handles it differently and not each store will bring in the same titles. Both LUNA music and Indy CD and Vinyl have lists on their Web sites and offers to hold records.

I’m writing this before the Broad Ripple area record stores have posted their set times and final plans. If something is different that what I’m telling you, blame me. I probably made it up.

Indy CD and Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
free, all-ages

Indy CD and Vinyl is tucked in the heart of Broad Ripple. Last year they threw an all-day party and I assume that it will be just as fabulous this year. The store is chock-full of records, CDs, music DVDs and assorted pop culture goodness.

The confirmed bands are: *Slothpop *Crescent Ulmer *Burnt Ones *Sanuk – winners of the national Record Store Day Battle of the Bands *Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes – I say if you don’t like Mandy Marie, you’re not going to like heaven. *Thunders – power pop goodness, *Bears of Blue River.

I’m sorry I don’t have more details, but I promise fabulousness. Check their Web site for up to date information.

LUNA records
5202 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
free, all-ages

LUNA founder and cool guy personified, Todd Robinson said he is “throwing a block party that coincides with Record Store Day.” The famous annual sidewalk sale will feature $1 CD and loads of cheap vinyl and other goodies. Upland Brewery will be pouring their hoppy-goodness in a glass and the Standard Recording guys will be grilling free hot dogs and veggie burgers while they last (the hot dogs and the Standard guys).
I’m really excited about the Handmade Promenade shop that will be taking place outside featuring handmade indie crafts.

LUNA will have live music inside – Amo Joy, Beta Male, Burnt Ones, Grey Granite, John Rambo and the Vietnam Wars, Oreo Jones, Thunderhawk and Jookabox – not necessary in that order and the times are to be determined. And DJs outside between sets – Action Jackson, DJ Jessica, Liz Foster, Mrlunatrontoyou, Rusty Redenbacher, Slater Hogan (aka Kid Delicious aka Ian Tate) will be keeping the music going.

Other activities planned: Indie Volumes photo booth, Big Car Gallery doing illustrations behind the bands as they play and My Old Kentucky Blog will be shooting video.

I work next door at the Red Key at 5:00 that day. How many times do you think I’ll sneak out the door to pop over to Luna?

Vibes Music
1051 East 54th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46220

I’m writing this column three weeks before Record Store Day, so I was not able to get Vibes Music schedule. But anything John Zeps does is fabulous so I’m sure great things are on tap. Vibes is right where 54th Street meets the Monon Trail.


Highland Bagpipers
March 17, 2010
Just Judy’s
2210 East 54th Street
Indianapolis, IN

I snuck out of work for forty-five minutes to see my sweet niece walk in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and thought that was the end of my celebrating – I was helping a friend pack for a move. By a quirky set of circumstances I wound up at Just Judy’s while the bagpipers were there. They were goose-bumpy good. Owner Judy Guerra has hosted the bagpipers for years. She told me that it is one of her favorite days of the year.

Not only does Judy’s have great food but the atmosphere is like a family reunion. I don’t hang out there as often as I should, but I’m always glad I’m there when I walk though the door. You will be too.

And for the record, I drank a Guinness – it wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without one.

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