Record Store Day is an annual event celebrated around the world that honors the unique culture of record stores. Starting in 2007, it’s always been a day for the staff, the customers and the artists themselves to come together and acknowledge the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.
You might not know it, but Wichita has three locally owned record stores: Spektrum Muzik, Dead Canary Records and Spin It Again Records. Venture out on April 22nd this year and do a little crate digging for Record Store Day.
Located at 905 W Douglas in the Delano District, Spektrum Muzik has been around since 2012. Owners Adam Phillips and Phil Ross started out as a small store in Wichita’s Boulevard Plaza, but have since expanded. “Adam had the idea to start the store,” said Phil. “I told him he was crazy, and he was, but we did it anyway.” They both enjoy going to unique and high quality record stores in the region, like Love Garden Sounds in Lawrence and Size Records in Oklahoma City, and they wanted to bring that to Wichita.
Their large store has everything the casual music listener would need, making it a one stop shop. Upon walking in, you’ll find t-shirts, buttons, posters, record crates, stickers and more. In addition to shopping, they’ll also purchase your quality used records, offering top dollar or trade.
Spektrum Muzik has a solid selection of 12-inch records, as well as 45’s and a few 78’s. You’ll find every genre ranging from country to metal and folk to jazz. They also carry a good selection of turntables and receivers.
Spektrum Muzik will be participating in Record Store Day from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. They’ll have new t-shirts, a few special giveaways and records from the Record Store Day list.
Dead Canary Records
Opening in 2005 as Rewound Sounds, then Notes & Noises and now Dead Canary Records, owner Chris Trenary returned to his second location at 117 S Pattie St. The shop may be intimate and quaint, but what they lack in size they make up for by providing quality records, extremely knowledgeable staff and the widest selection.
At Dead Canary Records, you’ll find unique 45’s, 78’s and 12-inch records ranging from jazz to soul and blues to r&b. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the shop, chances are you’ll find it on their online store.
Although they won’t be participating in Record Store Day this year, they’ll still be open from 12-7 p.m.
Spin It Again Records
Located at 3008 E Harry, Spin It Again Records was opened in 2010 by Ed Swarts. They carry a large selection of used vinyl, having just added a bargain section in their newly-opened expansion. In this room you’ll find used records that are priced around $3, hats, wallets and music-related gifts.
In their main room, there’s a variety of 45’s and 12-inch records to choose from: classic rock, blues, country, easy listening and some newer r&b, pop and rock. They have several sets of speakers for sale, as well as receivers, turntables and various parts.
If you have a broken record player, Spin It Again Records offers estimates and repair services. If they can’t fix it, they will refer you to the right place.
In addition to records, you’ll find a few more things:
- 8-track tapes
- Cassette tapes
- VHS music video original recordings
- Record crates
- Record cleaning systems
- Vintage jukeboxes
Spin It Again Records will be participating in Record Store Day this year, offering records off of the Record Store Day list and free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Their hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.