We celebrated the sacred national holiday known as Record Store Day by visiting four independent music stores on North High Street: Magnolia Thunderpussy, What The Rock?, Used Kids Records, and Lost Weekend Records. Our vinyl treasure hunt yielded hours of happy fingertip rifling and special savings on new and used LP’s.
We began at Magnolia Thunderpussy in the Short North. The 40-year-old establishment teemed with shrieking adolescent girls, thanks to Ben Folds’ in-store appearance. Then we darted across the street to What The Rock?, a “hip and unique rock-n-roll boutique” that hired an 80’s hair metal deejay for the festivities. Things were jamming a mile north at Used Kids Records on the Ohio State campus. Several bands performed throughout the day and I scored an unthinkable three Sade records. Lastly, we hit Lost Weekend Records in Clintonville. A multi-room forest of new and used vinyl awaited us, and I snagged a copy of The Smithereens’ Especially For You faster than Bob Pollard can down a beer. And then a minor miracle occurred. Hidden in a back room stack, my boyfriend found an album that I’ve sought for years: J.J. Cale’s Troubadour. Yes, I could have ordered one online...but nothing rivals the thrill of discovering a prized album in your own backyard.