RECORD STORE DAY DROP #1 IS AUGUST 29TH:

RECORD STORE DAY DROP #1 IS AUGUST 29TH:

The first Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, August 29. So without further ado (seriously this time!) here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day. We will be blunt: this won't be like RSD events of years' past. We cherish this day of music and community every year but as we battle a pandemic, it is not possible to throw a party in the store responsibly. Our goal for this day is to get you the records you are looking for while limiting potential exposure.

The store will open for business at 7 AM. Early birds will need to line up outside of the store heading westbound on Monroe St. (towards Edgewood). Masks and distancing is required *at all times* in the line. Failure to comply with this requirement will bring your RSD experience to an end. No customers will be allowed into the store until the line is at zero. At that point, customer capacity will be monitored/limited as needed for the remainder of the day.

While in line, you will be handed a checklist of all RSD titles available. When you get to the door, a staffer will take your list and fill your order. We will have a register set up outside around the corner on Harrison St for folks to check out. Please familiarize yourself with the list ahead of time. We will do all we can to assist you with selections, but due to the number of releases and customers, in-person browsing is not an option.

As always, we will strive to have the deepest selection of RSD titles as we can, but all good things do come to an end. A chalkboard on the corner of Harrison and Monroe will be updated as titles sell out.

This will be the first of three RSD drops, with a Black Friday release event to follow. Your patience is appreciated as we move forward. We miss you! Stay safe & #have hope.




RECORD STORE DAY IS NOW RSD DROPS SPREAD OVER 3 DATES:

It's an unusual year, which means unusual news about Record Store Day.

Earlier this spring, Record Store Day announced a rescheduled June 20 date for the annual holiday, but with ongoing health and safety concerns, we now have a new plan.

Instead of a single-day global celebration, the 2020 releases will now be available over a series of monthly RSD Drops events, from August to October, followed by a regularly-scheduled Black Friday in November. This means we'll have four months of release events – the RSD 2020 exclusives spread out over three months, followed by a new round of exclusives for Black Friday – to end this strange year on a high note.

WISHLISTS:

Since so much has changed with Record Store Day, you will need to start a new list for any or all of the three dates. Lists made prior to April are no longer active/valid.

We will try to have ample stock (one of the deepest in the midwest) of all items, but please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly.

THE DEADLINE FOR WISHLISTS FOR THE AUGUST 29TH DATE HAS PASSED. LISTS FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER CAN STILL BE MADE.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A WISHLIST AS THEY WILL HELP US TO EASE CONGESTION/TRAFFIC INSIDE/NEAR THE STORE. 

WISHLISTS CAN BE MADE HERE.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we evolve on the fly with this one. Our goal is to keep the RSD spirit intact, connecting musicians, fans and record stores in a time where we need eachother the most!

Here's the official announcement from Record Store Day headquarters:

Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be, too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly-distanced release dates on Saturdays in August, September and October.

Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don't know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we're focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD official list this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.

Stay tuned for many more details in the coming weeks.




BILLBOARD MAGAZINE'S WEEKLY FEATURE ON STRICTLY DISCS:

As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the music industry, Chris Eggertsen has been speaking with Angie every other week to chronicle the experience of an independent record store throughout the crisis.  Here is a link to the stories in the series so far:

Billboard Article #1 May 15th

Billboard Article #2 May 22nd

Billboard Article #3 May 29th

Billboard Article #4 June 5th

Billboard Article #5 June 12th

Billboard Article #6 June 19th

Billboard Article #7 June 26th

Billboard Article #8 July 10th

Billboard Article #9 July 30th

Billboard Article #10 August 13th






STRICTLY DISCS IS ON SPOTIFY!

Dogs and cats living together! Strictly Discs now has a Spotify channel. Every time one of us at the shop puts on a record, it's because we think someone else within earshot is going to like it, too. One of the things we've missed the most about having our doors temporarily closed is not being able to select the in-store play tunes for our customers to hear. It's the fun part of this job, and we want it back! Spotify users, point yourselves to our profile HERE and click around. We've compiled a number of playlists, with more to come. Be sure to subscribe and check in on the "STRICTLY SELECTOS" playlist, as it will change each week with a fresh rundown of the titles we are featuring in this very email! New songs will appear there every Thursday, and are available to order online or over phone/email.


SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:

Yes, we are still buying! Call Ron to schedule (608.213.3610).




Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Ben, Matt, Will, Ed, Mark, Jack, Eric & Dave